Member of the Month 2013

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Meet the 2013 Members of the Month

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January | Arie Marancenbaum, MD | Dallas
Wound care physician comes from medical family, loves teaching

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Arie Marancenbaum, MD, now practices at the Lake Pointe Wound Care Center east of Dallas in Rowlett, Texas. His father’s work in engineering sparked his interest in science, while his two uncles in the medical field inspired him to become a physician. He says his career as a physician has exceeded his expectations, but he thinks eventually he will return to the academia world. “After all, the word doctor in Latin is ‘docere,’ which means to teach,” says Dr. Marancenbaum on his plans of becoming a teacher.

February | Sister Rosanne Popp, MD | Houston
Physician serves the needy through religious life, family medicine

From a young age, our February Member of the Month knew she wanted to be a nurse. But after finishing nurse practitioner training, her goal to serve the poor drew her to pursue her medical degree and she found family medicine to be a good fit. In addition to her service as a family physician, she felt called to enter the sisterhood and become a nun.

March | Jane Sadler, MD | Garland
Physician is active in local community, also a published writer

Coming from a family of physicians, Jane Sadler, MD, had no trouble choosing medicine as a major. Her mother’s experience as a family physician drove her to choose the same specialty, leading to her current position practicing as a Baylor physician representative with the Family Medical Center at North Garland. As volunteer faculty with the Baylor Garland Family Practice program, Sadler says she enjoys “teaching young doctors the exclusive art of family medicine.”

April | Joey Koch, MD | Lufkin
New physician returns to hometown to practice

Hearing stories about his local physician grandfather and watching the local family physicians at work sparked an interest in family medicine for a young Joey Koch, MD He ventured to College Station, San Antonio, and Waco for his education, but returned to his hometown of Lufkin to begin his practice. After working within the Scott and White system for a year, Koch and his psychiatrist wife Rebekah began their own private practice at the Tall Pines Family Clinic.

May | Gregory Johnson, MD | Houston
Hospitalist raised attending TAFP meetings with father

Houston hospitalist Gregory Johnson, MD, is board certified in both family and internal medicine and serves as the chief medical officer for the central and southeast regions of Sound Physicians, a hospitalist organization founded and led by physicians. His father Glen, a former TAFP president and Physician Emeritus, began taking him to TAFP meetings over two decades ago.

June | Ashok Tripathy, MD | Houston
Physician enjoys creating lasting relationships with patients

For 23 years now, Ashok Tripathy, MD, has been a board certified family physician, doing what he loves and caring for his patients. When asked what career would have been his second choice, he says he cannot see himself doing anything else – caring for his patients and creating relationships with them are his true passions.

July | Linda Siy, MD | Fort Worth
TAFP past president active in Academy business

In honor of this year’s Annual Session & Scientific Assembly taking place in Fort Worth, the July Member of the Month hails from there as well. Linda Siy, MD, has been with the JPS Health Network at a Community Health Center in Bedford since 1995. Siy says she enjoys her work there due to the tremendously diverse patient population, including immigrants from all over the world and a large amount of pediatric patients.

August | Joshua Splinter, MD | Baytown
Resident member passionate about others choosing family medicine

After being hired by physicians to do some information technology work, Joshua Splinter, MD, started thinking about medicine as a possible career field. Upon entering medical school at UTHSCSA, he chose to pursue family medicine because “it just fit.” Now a second-year resident at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Splinter also serves the Texas Army National Guard part time as a field surgeon.

September | Lamia Kadir, MD | Round Rock
Compassionate physician focuses on diabetes, vaccinations

Dr. Lamia Kadir’s several passions include patient education, chronic pain management, and women’s health. A champion of immunizations, she recently blogged for TAFP on the importance of school vaccinations and was interviewed by a local Austin news station on the same topic.

October | Shiv Agarwal, MD | Fort Worth
First-year resident changes career path for family medicine

In his first year of residency at Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital, Shiv Agarwal, MD, currently describes his health care career aspirations as “to be determined.” The trail that led him to family medicine wasn’t necessarily direct, but he knows he’s now in the right place. After taking a position with a consulting firm in Manhattan, Agarwal’s career change of heart landed him back in Texas studying medicine.

November | Domingo Caparas, Jr., MD | Odessa
International medical graduate wants to serve home and adopted countries

After getting his undergrad and medical degrees, completing a residency, and practicing for three years at a veteran’s medical center all in his native country of the Philippines, Domingo Caparas, Jr., MD, came to the U.S. to become a physician. He is now chief resident for the family medicine residency program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and is scheduled to graduate next year.

December | Drs. John and Judith Egerton | Austin
Physician couple follows golden rule in practice

John and Judith Egerton married as medical students in 1964 after meeting at The Welsh National School of Medicine in the United Kingdom. John joined the Royal Air Force as a medical student, and after graduating and finishing a residency was stationed in Singapore until 1971. In 1975, they moved with their four small children to Houston and established a joint practice in Friendswood in 1983.

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