Texas Medical Association Building Headquarters Unveils New Name
Left to Right: U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., R-Lewisville; Texas Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound; Texas Medical Association CEO Louis J. Goodman, Ph.D.; State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, M.D., R-Lakeway. Credit: Wendy Goodman
On March 5, in a building dedication ceremony, the 10-story Texas Medical Association building headquartered in downtown Austin on the corner of Guadalupe and 15th Street was renamed in honor of retiring CEO Louis J. Goodman, Ph.D. (a member of Temple Beth Shalom and Jewish Austin Men).
Dr. Goodman has served as TMA’s executive vice president and CEO for the past 22 years, and has worked in the medical field for more than 45 years.
TMA was established in 1853 to serve the people of Texas in matters of medical care, prevention and cure of disease and the improvement of public health. TMA is the largest state medical society in the United States, with more than 54,000 members representing physicians and medical students.
The Texas Senate passed a proclamation recognizing Goodman for more than three decades of exceptional service and for his distinguished career with TMA. Flags were flown over the U.S. Capitol and the Texas State Capitol in recognition of the TMA building dedication in honor of Goodman.
Lawmakers and physician leaders gave remarks at the ceremony, including Diana Fite, M.D., chair of TMA’s board of trustees; TMA President Doug Curran, M.D.; U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D., R-Texas; and Texas Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.
Dr. Fite opened the ceremony by recognizing the significance of this day.
“Changing the name of this building to the Louis J. Goodman Texas Medical Association Building is both appropriate and meaningful,” Fite said.
Rep. Burgess expressed his appreciation for Goodman, stating, “Lou was always there to encourage and push and make sure that I didn’t lose sight of what’s truly important.”
Burgess said, “Personal, professional and political, Lou has been right there.”
Recognition of Goodman’s achievements were entered in the Congressional Record by Burgess.
State Senator and chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Nelson praised Goodman for his leadership in the passage of medical liability reforms.
“It was one of our great successes, and we would not have had that success without Lou Goodman,” Sen. Nelson said. “He has led the way for so many successes that we’ve had, not just for doctors, not just for the medical community, but for the patients in this state that we all care about.”
Dr. Curran presented Goodman with a proclamation from Governor Greg Abbott affirming that the TMA building will now be known as the Louis J. Goodman Texas Medical Association Building.
Curran recognized Goodman for creating the professional, compassionate and caring culture of TMA.
“That’s the culture, the environment that Lou has built for us. We have that really special circumstance, because we have had a special man lead us for 22 years,” Curran said. “As I’ve worked with [Lou], he’s made me better; and he’s done that for so many of us.”
Following the heartfelt and powerful remarks of praise, admiration and friendship, Goodman approached the podium, with eyes welling up, to address the medical community.
“I am greatly humbled by this dedication,” Goodman said. “I would not be standing here if it were not for my two predecessors Linc Williston and Robert Mickey. Together we have served the Texas Medical Association for 92 years. I stand on their shoulders, surrounded by the best professional staff in the nation, working for the best group of doctors in America. It is truly an honor to work for each of our 54,000 physician members across this great state.”
Goodman grew up in a Conservative Jewish home in New Jersey. His father owned and managed Goodman’s Bakery in Passaic, and his mother was treasurer at Temple Beth El in Rutherford and active member of the local Hadassah chapter. ■