AMA Alternate Delegate
(vote for two)

Samuel E Mathis, MD

The Galveston County Medical Society (GCMS) proudly endorses Dr. Samuel Mathis for the position of Texas Medical Association Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Mathis's medical journey began with his graduation from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2014. He completed his Family Medicine Residency training at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugar Land and completed an Integrative and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at UTMB.

Throughout his advocacy career, Dr. Mathis has been deeply involved in organized medicine, holding leadership positions both locally and nationally. He served on the Board of Directors and multiple committees within the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Within the TMA, he has served on Resident and Fellow Section and Young Physician Section governing councils, the Council for Constitution and Bylaws, the Board of Councilors, and the TexMed Planning Committee. He currently serves as the Young Physician Board of Trustee. Nationally, Dr. Mathis has served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians and currently serves as the AMA Young Physician Section Chair-Elect.

Dr. Mathis has been actively engaged in the AMA since medical school. He has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the AMA House of Delegates as both a student and a resident. He has been actively engaged in the AMA sections, serving on resident and young physician section committees throughout the past 10 years. This commitment led to his recent election where he will serve as the Chair of the Young Physician Section in 2024.

As a faculty at UTMB, Sam currently serves as the Family Medicine Clerkship Director and directs 3 additional popular elective rotations. He regularly works with residents, and he is the Fellowship Director of the UTMB Integrative Medicine Fellowship.

His commitment to serving the local community is shown through his involvement on the board of SMART Family Literacy, an organization that provides over 30,000 free books to Galveston County children each year. He also serves on the Luke Society Board and volunteers regularly, providing free healthcare to the uninsured and unhoused population of Galveston every Saturday morning.

Dr. Samuel Mathis is undoubtedly a valuable candidate for the position of TMA Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association.


Personal Statement:

The Texas Delegation to the AMA is a strong voice for patients and the physicians who care for them. Texas has been leading the charge within the AMA to advance initiatives that protect the science and business of Medicine. With increased young physician involvement, we can continue to amplify that voice and help the AMA fight for the issues that affect all physicians.

I have the experience of serving in organized medicine on the local, state, and national levels. I will bring that knowledge with me to further advance policies within the AMA that align with the values of Texas Physicians.

I am excited to serve Texas in this role and appreciate your trust and support as we advocate for patients and physicians nationwide.



Specialty:  Family Medicine

Medical School (with year graduated):  University of Texas Medical Branch, 2014

Residency Program:  Memorial Family Medicine

Primary Residence (City, State):  Galveston, Texas

Practice Type/Employment Status:  Academic

Primary Practice/Employment Location (City, State):  UTMB, Galveston, Texas

Do you expect to maintain your current employment status and location through your term in office? Yes

Does your current employment situation(s) require you to work outside of Texas? No

            TMA positions held:

  • TMA Member since 2012
  • Young Physician Board of Trustees 2022-2024
  • Young Physician Chair2020-2021
  • Council of Constitution and Bylaws2017-2022
  • Board of Counselors2017-2018
  • TMA YPS Delegate to AMA-YPS2020-2024
  • Galveston County Medical Society President2022
  • Delegate to TMA HOD2016-2022



Dr. Mathis has no financial disclosures.

Board of Trustees
(vote for four)

Rodney Young, MD FAAFP

The Potter-Randall County Medical Society is proud to nominate Rodney Young, MD for election to the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees.

Dr. Young wasn’t born in Texas, but he got here as quick as he could.  Born and raised in the farm country of central California, he came to Texas in 1989 to attend Abilene Christian University, graduating magna cum laude before attending the Texas Tech School of Medicine, where was also a top 20 graduate.  He liked it so much that he completed his family medicine residency in Lubbock as well, serving as chief resident in his final year.

Upon graduation, he jumped at the chance to continue to develop his love for patient care, teaching, mentoring, and service as a faculty member at Texas Tech on the Amarillo campus.  For more than 20 years, he has practiced family medicine in both the hospital and the clinic, and been active in the management of the faculty practice plan, contracting, credentialing, and compliance processes.  He has been repeatedly recognized as an outstanding clinician, educator, and administrator, and was named the 2018 Texas Family Physician of the Year by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

He is an active community leader as well, serving on the Amarillo Hospital District Board of Managers, on the Board of Directors for several community organizations, and as a board member and volunteer physician for Heal the City Free Clinic.  He is a regular physician contributor for television and news outlets in Amarillo, logging more than 80 interviews and articles since the start of the pandemic alone.

He became active in TMA as a medical student, immediately taken with just how many opportunities there were to become involved in service to help shape the profession. In the 30 years since, he has been actively involved in a variety of leadership roles at every step along the way.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Lone Star Caucus, a delegate from Potter-Randall County, a member of the Council on Science and Public Health, and is a past member and chair of the Councils on Socioeconomics and Medical Education, and the Committee on Continuing Education.  He has testified at the Capitol on behalf of both TMA and TAFP many times over the years, helping to win legislative victories for important initiatives.

Dr. Young is a proven leader in practice, in the community, and in the house of medicine.  He is passionate about patient care, service, education, and advocacy, working tirelessly to improve the health of our patients, our practices, and our profession.


PERSONAL STATEMENT: I love being a doctor. I love my patients, my colleagues, and the high calling of our great profession. And for as long as I’ve been a part of this profession, I’ve been a proud and active part of our TMA, serving in a broad, enriching, and immensely informative array of roles along the way. I know our priorities, I see our opportunities, and I would love to continue to serve this association on the Board of Trustees. If given the opportunity, I’d bring passion, experience, and tenacity, tempered with gratitude, humility, an attitude of service, and a great appreciation for the high calling of our profession to this important role.



Specialty:  Family Medicine

Medical School (with year graduated):  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 1997

Residency Program:  Texas Tech University HSC, Lubbock

Primary Residence (City, State):  Amarillo, TX

Practice Type/Employment Status:  Academic Family Medicine/Full-time employed

Primary Practice/Employment Location (City, State):  Texas Tech Physicians Family Medicine, Amarillo, TX

Do you expect to maintain your current employment status and location through your term in office? Yes

Does your current employment situation(s) require you to work outside of Texas? If yes, what is the nature of that work and how many days each month do you work outside of Texas. No.

      TMA positions held:

Boards, Councils, and Committees:

      Council on Science and Public Health, 2022-present

Council on Socioeconomics, 2016-2022; Chair 2020-2022

Task Force on Healthcare Coverage, 2021-2023

      Council on Medical Education, 2010-2016; Chair 2014-2016; Consultant 2016-present

      Committee on Physician Distribution and Healthcare Access, 2009-2010

Committee on Continuing Education, 2003-2009; Chair, 2007-2009

Committee on Continuing Education – Subcommittee on Accreditation Chair, 2009-2010

Board of Councilors, Vice-Councilor – District 3, 2001-2003

House of Delegates, Sections, and Caucuses

      Delegate for over 25 years

Co-Chair, Lone Star Caucus, 2021-present

Vice Chair, Lone Star Caucus, 2019-2021

House of Delegates Steering Caucus, 2019-present

Member and prior Chair of reference committees

Alternate Delegate to AMA-HOD (from MSS and RFS)

MSS Executive Council, 1996-1997

RFS Executive Council, 1998-2000

YPS Governing Council, 2000-2010




  • Professor & Regional Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Amarillo
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Texas Tech Physician Associates
  • Board of Directors, Heal the City Free Clinic
  • Vice Chair, Amarillo Hospital District Board of Managers

Young Physician Member Board of Trustees
(Vote for One)

Andrew "Jimmy" Widmer, MD

The Bell County Medical Society (CMS) is proud to nominate one of its outstanding leaders, Andrew “Jimmy” Widmer, MD, for the position of Young Physician Member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for 2024.

Dr. Widmer is a General Internist for Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple. Widmer received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, Master of Medical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine from the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

The importance of physician advocacy was imprinted on Dr. Widmer long before medical school matriculation when he interned for the TMA Division of Advocacy while working toward his Master of Public Health. His time in Austin, coupled with a stint working for the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, lead him to recognize the importance of physician engagement in the development and implementation of health policy. Ultimately, Dr. Widmer sought a career in primary care with the goal of improving the health of his patients through individual clinic interactions while also working to improve the health of his community through health policy advocacy.

Dr. Widmer began his leadership role within TMA as a delegate to both the Medical Student Section and Resident and Fellow Section. He is a graduate of the TMA Leadership College. He used this experience during a six-year leadership pathway with TEXPAC, which culminated in his service as Chair. As TEXPAC Chair, Dr. Widmer oversaw an increase in membership and contributions which enabled the election of a multitude of medicine-friendly state legislators. Dr. Widmer served on the influential Council on Legislation during the 88th Legislative Session and in his role was asked to represent the organization through testimony in House and Senate Committee hearings.

Dr. Widmer has served his medical society in many leadership roles, including as President in 2021. In 2021 he was also appointed to the Texas Medical Board District Four Review Committee by Governor Greg Abbott. In 2022 Dr. Widmer was elected by his peers to advocate on behalf of his fellow physicians as a member of the Clinic Staff Organization at Baylor Scott and White – Temple. He is also involved with the Montessori Schools of Central Texas and First Methodist Church of Temple.

In addition to a busy primary care practice, Dr. Widmer serves as a core faculty member for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Baylor College of Medicine, Temple campus, and as the campus sponsor for their TMA/AMA Chapter.

Personal Statement: Physician advocacy is essential to delivering quality care to our patients, and I am running to be the Young Physician Section representative to the TMA Board of Trustees to bolster the advocacy of our young physicians and be their voice within the TMA.

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Medical School (with year graduated): Texas A&M College of Medicine (2015)
Residency Program: Texas A&M College of Medicine/Baylor Scott and White (2018)
Primary Residence (City, State): Belton, Texas
Practice Type/Employment Status: Employed Physician
Primary Practice/Employment Location (City, State): Baylor Scott & White, Temple, Texas
Do you expect to maintain your current employment status and location through your term in office? Yes
Does your current employment situation(s) require you to work outside of Texas? No

TMA positions held:

Council on Legislation (2023-Current)
TEXPAC, Chair (2021-2023)
TEXPAC, Candidate Evaluation Committee Chair (2021-2023)
TEXPAC, Membership Chair (2019-2020)
Texas’ Inter-Specialty Society Delegate (2020-Current)
Bell County Medical Society President (2021)
Bell County Medical Society Secretary/Treasurer (2019-2020)
TMA Leadership College Graduate (2020)
Council On Legislation Resident and Fellow Section Representative (2017)
Resident and Fellow Section Delegate (2018)
Council On Legislation Resident and Fellow Section Alternate Representative (2016)
TEXPAC Candidate Evaluation Committee Member (2015-2017)
TEXPAC Resident and Fellow Representative (2015-2017)
TEXPAC Medical School Representative (2013-2015)
Medical Student Section Delegate Co-Leader to the AMA (2013)
Medical Student Section Delegate to the AMA (2013)
TEXPAC Medical School Representative (2011)

Board Member, Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians
Immediate Past President, Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians Services
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine