TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER PHYSICIAN NAMED TO TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK - R. Michael Ragain, M.D., Braddock Chairman in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was named to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Council on Medical Education.

The TMA councils research, review and create policy for the association. The association has 30 boards, councils and committees of physicians and medical students who meet several times a year to study and recommend action on a variety of subjects. Each year these recommendations are voted on by the House of Delegates, which is the Texas Medical Association's governing body.

Richard V. Homan, M.D., vice president of clinical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said the appointment demonstrates Ragain's commitment to improving the health of all Texans.

"Mike is an outstanding teacher and is truly devoted to students and residents. He works on a number of projects to improve education and patient care within the school and the hospital. I am proud to see him receive this recognition. He will represent our school and community with integrity," Homan said.

Ragain received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed his internship and residency programs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He also received his Master of Medical Education at the University of Southern California.

The Texas Medical Association is the largest state medical society in the nation and represents more than 40,000 physician and medical students. Located in Austin, the association has 120 component county medical societies around the state.