Austin surgeon receives Distinguished Service Award from Texas Medical Association

An Austin surgeon and former Texas Medical Association president received the organization’s highest honor at its annual conference.

David C. Fleeger, MD received the 2022 TMA Distinguished Service Award at the TexMed Conference in Houston.

“I’m sure every recipient of this award felt like me: honored and humbled,” Fleeger said in a statement. “I don’t really consider what I’ve done as ‘distinguished’. I consider myself a doctor in the trenches every day, trying to be a good doctor and a good surgeon.”

Fleeger, a colon and rectal surgeon, was the association’s 154th president halfway through his term the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As the state managed the distribution of PPE to hospitals and healthcare entities, private practices were initially neglected, so he and other TMA leaders worked with Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) responsible for establishing a system to distribute more than 23 million masks to doctors across the state.

“I can’t think of a time in my career when I’ve been prouder both of doctors and the health professions in general, and certainly of our association,” said Dr Fleeger, who also chaired the Texas COVID-19 Health Industry Strike Force, a collaboration of leaders from hospitals, nurses, academics, public health, long-term care and other groups.

Dr. Fleeger still practices medicine full-time in his nine-member group practice in Austin.

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