Advocacy comes naturally to San Antonio pathologist William "Bill" Hinchey, M.D. Since graduating from the Health Science Center in 1978, he has become the first alumnus elected to the Texas Medical Associationís (TMA) Board of Trustees, and now serves as chair.
Dr. Hinchey said his experiences at the Health Science Center gave him insight into the art and science of medicine. "I think there is some responsibility to give back in some way," he said. "Becoming active in the association was the way to do it."
After joining the Bexar County delegation of the TMA 20 years ago, Dr. Hinchey helped create the associationís Council on Socioeconomics. "At that time, socioeconomic issues facing medical practices were really coming to the forefront," he said. "Not only did we have issues with Medicare and Medicaid, but we started to see managed care develop in Texas. That brought a whole host of new issues and regulatory problems that physician practices werenít ready for and had to be addressed."
Currently, Dr. Hinchey spends his time promoting TMA 2010, a project that has identified issues such as declining access to care and changing demographics, and has created goals for physicians to address these concerns. He anticipates serving the association in other leadership capacities in the future.
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