Tom is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine (1981) and Gastroenterology (1989). He began his gastroenterology medical practice in Fort Worth in 1991 following a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Colonel. In Dec 2014, he retired from clinical gastroenterology and subsequently served as Vice President of Physician Engagement with North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) from 2015 to January 2019. NTSP is an independent practice association (IPA) that managed full-risk contracts for 70,000 Medicare Advantage (MA) members and merged with Southwestern Health Resources in 2019. His education includes a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Baylor University, graduating cum laude (1970). While serving in the USAF, he received his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport graduating with honors (1978). Postgraduate medical training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio included an internal medicine residency (1978-81), followed by five years practicing Internal Medicine, and gastroenterology fellowship (1986-88). In 2001, he earned a Master of Science in Medical Management from the University of Texas Dallas Business School and UT Southwestern Medical School. He served as Medical Director of the Fort Worth Endoscopy Center and the Southwest Fort Worth Endoscopy Center from 1995-2012. He served as a member of the Physician Advisory Board for Surgical Care Affiliates, corporate partner for the ambulatory endoscopy centers. From 2014-Jun 2020, he served on the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA). From 2014-16, he served on the ABIM Gastroenterology Subspecialty Board.
Tom is a Master of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He has served in leadership positions with ASGE as board member, treasurer, and as President May 2012-13. From 2008-2012, he served on the Advisory Board for the GI Quality Improvement Coalition (GIQuIC), the first gastroenterology quality registry established in 2008. During his clinical practice he was President of NTSP from 2002-2008 and served on NTSP’s Physician Board from 1998-2013.
Having served as Chief Medical Officer for Sandlot Solutions, health information exchange, and as President of Care ‘n Care MA PPO, Tom is an outspoken advocate for improving patient care through health information technology which provides point of care clinical information and more effective care coordination. He is a frequent speaker at national meetings and has published articles on improving care quality, health information technology, and achieving efficient, high-quality care.
It is a tremendous honor to be a recipient of the 2021 ASGE President’s Award. Having retired from gastroenterology in 2015 I have greatly missed my close association with ASGE friends and colleagues--the source of so much joy and accomplishment during my career. A huge part of that joy has been working with the energetic and innovative Klaus Mergener during these years. This year we have observed him use his skills to navigate through what is likely the most difficult presidential year in ASGE’s 80-year history.