TEXAS SOCIETY OF PSYCHIATRIC PHYSICIANS

tspp287The Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians was established in 1956 as the Texas District Branch Association of the American Psychiatric Association. It incorporated as a non-profit scientific organization in 1963. Following a membership vote in May, 1986, the Constitution and Bylaws were amended to reflect the new name, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. The name was changed to emphasize that psychiatry is the only branch of medicine which specializes in and deals with the delivery of care and treatment of persons with mental illness, and that it is the only mental health provider whose members are trained and licensed as physicians. By adopting the name change to the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Society underscored psychiatry’s special, unduplicated role in the care and treatment of mental illness. TSPP has 18 Chapters located throughout Texas (see below).

TSPPs purpose is summarized in its Mission Statement: The Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians is dedicated to developing the highest quality of comprehensive psychiatric care for patients, families, and communities.

TSPPs objectives are to function in cooperation with, and as a component part of, the American Psychiatric Association:

A. to promote the best interests of patients and those actively or potentially making use of mental health services;
B. to advance the standards of all psychiatric services and facilities;
C. to foster the cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social, and legal aspects of mental health and illness;
D. to make psychiatric knowledge available to other practitioners of medicine, to scientists in other fields of knowledge, and to the public; and,
E. to assist the American Psychiatric Association in the promotion of its aims and objectives.

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Chapter Name  ContactWebsiteEmail
Austinwww.austinpsychiatricsociety.comaustinpsychiatricsociety@gmail.com
Bexar CountyNo Websitebexarcopsychsociety@gmail.com
BrazosNo Website
Corpus ChristiNo Website
East TexasNo Website
El PasoNo Website
Galveston-BrazoriaNo Websitedwneal@utmb.edu, msmiller@utmb.edu
Heart of TexasNo Website
Houstonwww.houstonpsychiatry.org/admin@houstonpsychiatry.org
Lone Star No Website
North Texaswww.ntspp.orgNTSPP.aa@gmail.com
PanhandleNo Websiteanastasia.ruiz@ttuhsc.edu
Red RiverNo Website
South TexasNo Website
Southeast Texaswww.setexaspsych.comdoguet@SETexasPsych.com
Tarrantwww.tspptc.orgINFO@TSPPTC.ORG
VictoriaNo Website
West TexasNo Website

GOVERNANCE- 2019-2020

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL VOTING MEMBERS:

PresidentMelissa Eshelman, MD
President-ElectTimothy Wolff, MD
Secretary-TreasurerMichael Arambula, MD
Immediate Past PresidentJoseph Penn, MD
Past PresidentsAt-Large
Terry McMahon, MD (2021)Esteban Gonzalez, MD (2020)
Joseph V. Penn, MD (2022)Matthew D. Jeffreys, MD (2021)
Daryl K. Knox, MD (2020)Richard Noel, MD (2020)
Debra Atkisson, MD (2021)J. Clay Sawyer, MD (2020)
A. David Axelrad, MD (2022)Daryl K. Knox, MD (2022)
APA Division of Government RelationsLeslie H. Secrest, MD (2021)
APA Division of Public AffairsLynda M. Parker, MD (2021)
Academic Psychiatry CommitteeTimothy K. Wolff,MD
Chapter Leadership ForumJoseph V. Penn, MD
Children and Adolescents CommitteeBrigitte Y. Bailey, MD
Constitution and Bylaws CommitteeJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
Continuing Medical Education CommitteeJefferson Nelson, MD /Matthew Jeffreys, MD
Distinguished Fellowship CommitteeMark Jacobs, MD
Ethics CommitteeDaniel B. Pearson, III, MD
Finance CommitteeMichael Arambula, MD
Forensic PsychiatryJoseph V. Penn, MD
Government Affairs CommitteeLeslie H. Secrest, MD
Resident-Fellow SectionRamon Aragon, MD
Nominating CommitteeJoseph V. Penn, MD
Professional Practices Management CommitteeRichard Noel, MD
Public Mental Health Services CommitteeJoseph Burkett, MD
Austin ChapterGayle Ayers, DO
Bexar County ChapterMrudula Rao, MD/Phillip Balfanz, MD
Brazos Valley Chapter
Corpus Christi Chapter
East Texas Chapter
El Paso Chapter
Galveston-Brazoria ChapterMichael Miller, MD/Missy DeFilippis, MD
Heart of Texas Chapter
Houston ChapterDaniel Garza, MD/R. Andrew Harper, MD
Lone Star ChapterJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
North Texas ChapterEdgar Nace, MD/John Debus, MD
Panhandle ChapterTerry C. McMahon, MD
Red River Chapter
South Texas ChapterEsteban Gonzalez, MD
Southeast Texas Chapter
Tarrant ChapterDaniel Goggin, MD
Victoria Chapter
West Texas ChapterJohn Casada, MD

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL NON-VOTING MEMBERS:

Baylor College of MedicineHazem Shahin, MD/David Heekin, MD
Baylor – Child/AdolescentSonia Popatia, MD
Baylor – Addiction Psychiatry
JPS Psychiatric Residency
Texas A&M, Scott & White
Texas A&M, Scott & White – Child/Adolescent
Texas Tech, El PasoIjeoma Ibeanu, MD, MPH/Regina San Pedro, MD
Texas Tech, El Paso – Child/Adolescent
Texas Tech, LubbockAnastasia Ruiz, MD
UT Austin Dell Medical SchoolMichael Li, MD
UT Austin Dell Medical School, Child & Adolescent
UT Austin Dell Medical School, Psychosomatic Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical SchoolRachel Zettl, MD / Melissa Wallace, MD
UT Southwestern, Child & Adolescent
UT Southwestern, Forensic
UT Southwestern, AddictionRahdha Tripuraneni, MD
UT Southwestern, Geriatric
UTHSC, HoustonKimberly Grayson, MD/Haithham Salem, MD, PhD
UTHSC, Houston – Child/AdolescentTaiwo Babatope, MD, MPH/Eugenia Anyanwu, DO
UTHSC, San AntonioJacob Wardyn, MD
UTHSC, San Antonio – Child/Adol
UTHSC, San Antonio – Geriatric
UTMB, GalvestonRhema Jacob, MD/Leah Kolar, MD
UTMB, Galveston – Child/Adolescent
Baylor College of MedicineDaryl Shorter, MD
Baylor College of Medicine – Addiction PsychiatryDaryl Shorter, MD*
Baylor College of Medicine – Child and AdolescentLaurel Williams, DO*
Baylor College of Medicine – GeriatricAli Asghar-Ali, MD
Baylor College of Medicine – Psychosomatic MedicineMauro Garcia-Altieri, MD
John Peter Smith HospitalCheryl Hurd, MD
Texas Tech University LubbockJessica Nelson,MD*
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El PasoSarah Martin, MD
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso – Child and AdolescentCecilia De Vargas, MD*
Texas A&M College of Medicine – Scott and WhiteVirginia Flores, MD*
Texas A&M College of Medicine – Scott and White- Child and AdolescentsKyle Morrow, MD
Texas Tech University Health Science Center Permian BasinShailesh Jain, MD*
University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyHenry Weisman, MD*
University of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolAdam Brenner, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School – Addiction PsychiatrySidarth Wakhlu, MD*
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School – Child and AdolescentJames Norcross, MD*
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School – Forensic PsychiatryKehinde Ogundipe, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School – Geriatric PsychiatryRajbir Bakshi, MD*
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School – Psychosomatic MedicineCatherine Orsak, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch Cindy Wigg, MD*
University of Texas Medical Branch – Child and Adolescent Christopher Thomas, MD
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical SchoolSussann Kotara, MD
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Child and AdolescentJane Ripperger-Suhler, MD
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Psychosomatic MedicineJoseph Kugler, MD*
University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioJason Schillerstrom, MD*
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – Child and AdolescentBrigitte Bailey, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – Geriatric PsychiatryJeffrey Cordes, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonIram Kazimi, MD*
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Child and AdolescentSegundo Robert-Ibarra, MD*
University of Texas Health Science Center at TylerUshimbra Buford, MD*

* Not yet a member

Federation of Texas PsychiatryJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
Texas Academy of PsychiatryDaryl K. Knox, MD
Texas Society of Child & Adolescent PsychiatrySusan Wynne, MD
Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and ResearchJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
TMA Interspecialty Society CommitteeRichard Noel, MD/J. Clay Sawyer, MD
TMA Board Representative
Texas Depart. of State Health Services
1956 – John L. Otto, MD *1988 – Victor J. Weiss, MD *
1957 – Bruce Beard, MD *1989 – Doyle I. Carson, MD
1958 – William Cantrell, MD *1990 – Paul H. Wick, MD
1959 – Hamilton Ford, MD *1991 – Edward L. Reilly, MD*
1960 – Clarence Hoekstra, MD *1992 – David F. Briones, MD
1961 – Robert Stubblefield, MD*1993 – Bernard M. Gerber, MD
1962 – Cy Ruilmann, MD *1994 – Larry E. Tripp, MD
1963 – H. Harlan Crank, MD*1995 – Arthur J. Farley, MD *
1964 – E. Ivan Bruce, Jr., MD *1996 – Conway McDanald, MD
1965 – Perry Talkington, MD *1997 – Robert G. Denney, MD
1966 – Alfred Hill, MD *1998 – Jefferson E. Nelson, MD
1967 – James K. Peden, MD *1999 – A. David Axelrad, MD
1968 – Alexander Bankhead, MD *2000 – Deborah C. Peel, MD
1969 – Pete C. Palasota, MD*2001 – Charles L. Bowden, MD
1970 – Marshall L. Fowler, Jr., MD*2002 – R. Sanford Kiser, MD
1971 – Irvin M. Cohen, MD2003 – Priscilla Ray, MD
1972 – Wade H. Lewis, MD2004 – J. Clay Sawyer, MD
1973 – E. Winston Cochran, MD*2005 – Gary L. Etter, MD
1974 – Harry K. Davis, MD2006 – Leslie H. Secrest, MD
1975 – Thomas H. Allison, MD*2007 – William H. Reid, MD
1977 – Walter E. Reifslager, MD*2008 – Martha Leatherman, MD
1978 – Laurence C. McGonagle, MD*2009 – George D. Santos, MD
1979 – Jane H. Preston, MD*2010 – Richard L. Noel, MD
1980 – William A. Cantrell, MD*2011 – Patrick Holden, MD*
1981 – Tracy R. Gordy, MD2012 – Debra Atkisson, MD
1982 – Keith Johansen, MD*2013 – R. Andrew Harper, MD
1983 – Grace K. Jameson, MD *2014 – Mark S. Jacobs, MD
1984 – Frank P. Schuster, MD *2015 – Daniel Pearson, III, MD
1985 – Spencer Bayles, MD*2016 – Daryl K. Knox, MD
1986 – Myron F. Weiner, MD2017 – Terry C. McMahon, MD
1987 – Robert L. Zapalac, MD2018 – Joseph V. Penn, MD

* Deceased

Academic Psychiatry CommitteeJair C. Soares, MD
Children and Adolescents CommitteeBenigno Fernandez, MD/Melissa Eshelman, MD
Chapter Leadership ForumTerry C. McMahon, MD
Constitution and Bylaws Committee J. Clay Sawyer, MD
Continuing Medical Education CommitteeJohn Casada, MD / Susan Thompson, MD
Gary Etter, MD / Leslie Secrest, MD
Distinguished Fellowship CommitteeMelissa Eshelman, MD
Ethics CommitteeLynda Parker, MD/(Milton Altschuler, MD)
Finance CommitteeConway L. McDanald, MD
Forensic PsychiatryDavid Axelrad, MD/Andrew Brylowski, MD
Government Affairs CommitteeDebra Atkisson, MD
Nominating CommitteeDaryl Knox MD/Daniel Pearson, III, MD
Professional Practice Management CommitteeMark S. Jacobs, MD
Public Mental Health Services CommitteeSheila Loboprabhu, MD
Resident Fellow Member SectionRachel Zettl, MD
Executive DirectorDebbie Giarratano

TSPP CHAPTER GOVERNANCE

The Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians has 18 Chapters geographically distributed in Texas.

PresidentJim Halgrimson, DO
Vice-PresidentAurora Osteen, MD
Secretary/TreasurerJames Bourgeois, MD
Ethics Representative(s)Constance George, MD/Melissa Eshelman, MD
Fellowship RepresentativeMelissa Eshelman, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilGayle Ayers, DO
Alternate Representative to Executive CouncilJim Halgrimson, DO

Chapter Counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Mason, Travis, Williamson

PresidentMrudula Rao, MD
President-ElectPhillip Balfanz, MD
Vice-PresidentRene Olvera, MD
Secretary/TreasurerJacob Wardyn, MD
Ethics Representative(s)Melissa Deuter, MD/ Rose Rodriguez, MD
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive CouncilMrudula Rao, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive CouncilPhillip Balfanz, MD

Chapter Counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmitt, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Lavaca, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zavala

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Walker, Washington

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: El Paso

PresidentMichael Miller, MD
President-ElectDerek Neal, MD
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)Michael Miller, MD
Fellowship RepresentativeEdythe Harvey, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilMichael Miller, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive CouncilMissy DeFilippis, MD

Chapter Counties: Brazoria, Galveston

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Bell, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Somervell

PresidentAli A. Asghar-Ali, MD
President-ElectMicah Knobles, MD
Secretary/TreasurerMelissa Rector, MD
Ethics Representative(s)Daryl Knox, MD
Fellowship RepresentativeMark Jacobs, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilDaniel Garza, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive CouncilR. Andrew Harper, MD

Chapter Counties: Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Harrison, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto,Waller, Wharton

PresidentJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
President-ElectDavid Beyer, MD
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship RepresentativeJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilJ. Clay Sawyer, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Bosque, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Limestone, Llano, McLennan

PresidentRob Garrett, MD
President-ElectMichael Rafferty, MD
TreasurerMichael Rafferty, MD
SecretaryFred Gioia, MD
Ethics Representative(s)Michael Rafferty, MD
Fellowship RepresentativeCarol North, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilEdgar Nace, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive CouncilJohn Debus, MD

Chapter Counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Montague, Navarro, Rockwall

PresidentAnastasia Ruiz, MD
President-Elect
Vice-PresidentTerry McMahon, MD
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)Terry McMahon, MD
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive CouncilTerry McMahon, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam,Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Stonewall, Swisher, Terry, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Yoakum

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Archer, Baylor, Clay, Wichita, Wilbarger

PresidentRamona Rogers, MD
President-Elect Daniel Gutierrez, MD
Vice-President
Secretary/TreasurerJose E. Igoa, MD
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship RepresentativeFructuoso Irigoyen, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilEsteban Gonzalez, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Brooks, Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, Willacy, Zapata

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson, Orange

PresidentKen Hopper, MD
President-Elect
Vice-PresidentJames Haliburton, MD
SecretaryDoug Segers, DO
TreasurerJordan Yee, MD
Ethics Representative(s)Cheryl Hurd, MD
Fellowship RepresentativeDebra Atkisson, MD
Representative to Executive CouncilDaniel Goggin, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive Council
Resident RepresentativeGabrianna Saks, DO
Bethany Hughes, MD
Paresh Jaini, D.O. (alternate)
Public Health Representative to the State TSPPJoe Burkett, MD
Executive Committee Representative to the State TSPPDaniel Goggin, MD

Chapter Counties: Jack, Palo Pinto, Parker, Stephens, Tarrant, Wise, Young

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive Council
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Goliad, Jackson, Live Oak, Matagorda, McMullen, Refugio,Victoria

President
President-Elect
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Ethics Representative(s)
Fellowship Representative
Representative to Executive CouncilJohn Casada, MD
Alternate Representative to Executive Council

Chapter Counties: Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dawson, Eastland, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Jones, Kimble, Loving, Martin, McCullough, Menard, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackleford, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler