TCEP Committees

Committees are the heart of any association and where most of the work is done for an association.  Policies, legislative direction, planning of educational meetings and direction of TCEP all occur by volunteer committee members.

TCEP Committees

2019-20 TCEP Committee Chairs

Chair – currently open

Co-Chair: Jessica Best, MD, MS
Co-Chair: Sara Andrabi, MD

Chair & Treasurer: Rick Robinson, MD, FACEP

Co-Chair: Jeff Jarvis, MD, FACEP
Co-Chair: Taylor Ratcliff, MD, FACEP

Chair - Dan Peckenpaugh, MD, FACEP


Government Relations
Chair: Theresa Tran, MD, MBA, FACEP

Medical Student
Chair: Jomari Guerrero (UTHSA)
Vice-Chair: Lauren Bayliss (UTRGV)
Board Liaison, Honorary Member: Kayla Nussbaum 

Chair: Marvinia Charles, MD

Practice Enhancement
Chair: Dr. John Bedolla

Co-Chair: Katie Dowdell, MD
Co-Chair: Eddie Kuo, MD 

2019-2020 Committees

There are numerous issues and challenges in the upcoming year that need your involvement. The best way to become involved is by signing up for one of the following committees.


Promote increased communication internally and externally.  Oversea and drive social media platforms and printed  materials.  Develop and implement member surveys.


Monitor and advise the Board of Directors on EMS issues. Provide a path of participation and exchange of information with the EMS Medical Director's community. Organize and sponsor the annual EMS Medical Director's Seminar.


Works to represent freestanding emergency centers in Texas and act as a liaison to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC). The committee advocates for fair regulation and to raise statewide awareness of freestanding emergency centers as a high-quality, accessible, emergency medical care option. The committee also ensures that the licensed facilities are required to have an emergency physician on hand 24/7. The committee will plan and work with TAFEC and NAFEC to produce a national conference.


Monitor and interact with the various branches of state government. Monitor and advise the Board of Directors on regulatory and legislative issues. Develop and maintain the Key Contact system.


Provide for the members continuing medical education needs. Review and advise the Board of Directors on joint sponsor education requests. Organize and provide the academic content for the TCEP Connect. Develop and maintain the TCEP Website to include CME offerings as a member benefit.


Develop and organize medical student programming at the Annual Meeting Facilitate interaction of medical students with local and state leaders in EM: Medical Student Leadership's Annual Meeting. Manage Texas away elective database. Promote collaboration between emergency medicine interest groups. Promote collaboration between emergency medicine interest groups across the state. Submit monthly medical student update to Emphasis.


Schedule chapter visits to all the residencies in Texas to encourage membership and participation. Provide liaisons to the Texas Medical Association (including arranging TCEP speakers at TMA functions). Develop a speaker's bureau and power point presentations appropriate to advocate TCEP's viewpoint with other professional organizations and the public at large.


Monitor and advise the Board of Directors on non-medical aspects of emergency practice including billing, management, recruiting, liability insurance, contracting, group governance, quality improvement, work environment, and workforce issues. Organize and manage a Peer Review committee. Develop a sub-committee dealing with Ultrasound in Texas. Shall consider matters and advise the Board of Directors on issues that relate to appropriate payment for services rendered by emergency physicians.


Develop, organize, and execute Resident programming at the Annual Meeting. Facilitate planning of Residency Visits in conjunction with TCEP Board of Directors and Membership Committee. Facilitate interaction of Residents with local and state leaders in EM to foster mentorship and networking. Facilitate collaboration among residents across the state and foster a sense of resident community.Submit monthly Resident specific updates to Emphasis.