Donna Parker, executive director (ED) of the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA), was honored as the 2012 Executive Director of the Year during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Ms. Parker was nominated by David Teuscher, MD, past president and legislation chairman of the TOA.
In recommending her for the award, Dr. Teuscher said, “Since 1987, Ms. Parker has been the driving force that has made TOA an exemplary state orthopaedic society. It is hard to imagine the TOA functioning without her.”
In her 25-year tenure as ED, Ms. Parker has been instrumental in the creation of the Board of Councilors State Orthopaedic Society Committee. She is also responsible for creating and implementing the TOA Annual Meeting and Socioeconomic Summit. In addition, she helped TOA secure full accreditation to offer continuing medical education credit, both at the annual meeting and online.
By helping to create the TOA Political Action Committee, Ms. Parker has enhanced the ability of the TOA to influence healthcare policy in the state and bolstered its legislative involvement. According to Dr. Teuscher, her assistance has proved especially valuable on medical liability reform efforts, halting the scope of practice expansion of podiatrists, and reforming the Texas workers compensation system and fee schedule rules to serve as national models.
“Donna took on every challenge by rallying the staff and member troops, assisting TOA leadership in finding coalitions and funding, and—most importantly—never giving up the fight,” he said. “Her efforts have earned her the respect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). When the TMA needs to rally the grassroots, they count on Donna and the TOA to take the lead.”
Ms. Parker is committed to enhancing orthopaedic unity not only in Texas, but across the country. She has worked diligently to ensure that other state orthopaedic societies function for their members, as well as by serving as a resource for other EDs. She is also available as a resource to AAOS staff who deal with state legislative, regulatory, and society issues.
“Donna’s lifetime of service to others within and beyond our state is immeasurable,” said Dr. Teuscher.