Meet the TAFP Board candidates

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Meet the TAFP Board candidates

At the Member Assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, during this year’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit, members will elect three of their colleagues to the TAFP Board of Directors. Three members are running for two available at-large positions and two members are running to hold the new physician position.

According to the TAFP Bylaws, a slate of candidates is proposed by the Nominating Committee. Candidates may also be nominated by local chapters provided the nominations are made at least 90 days prior to the election, and candidates may be nominated from the floor at the Member Assembly. The candidates profiled here are running in the contested elections but the Member Assembly will cast votes for all of TAFP's elected positions, including officers and open board positions. If you have any questions about the nomination or election process, please contact Kathy McCarthy at

New physician director

Dr. Aiena

Lane Aiena, MD, is originally from Beaumont and earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine with his medical doctorate and completed his residency training in Conroe, Texas, where he was named Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year. He also won the Resident Teacher Award and a national Family Medicine Resident Advocacy Award for his efforts in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, on behalf of the underserved. During his third year of residency, he was named chief resident. He currently serves on the TAFP Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs and the Leadership Development Committee.

Dr. Mercado-Marmarosh

Diana Mercado-Marmarosh, MD, is a family physician in Edna where she provides free diabetic group classes for the community and practices in clinical, hospital, and nursing-home settings. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and completed her family medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2013, where she was chief resident. She has served as secretary and vice-chair to the Section on Resident Physicians and currently participates in the Commission on Health Care Services and Managed Care, Section on Maternity Care and Rural Physicians, and the Section on Special Constituencies. She is a 2017 graduate of the Family Medicine Leadership Experience. She was selected to be TAFP delegate to the minority constituency at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders in April 2018 and is president-elect of Victoria Goliad Jackson County Medical Society. She enjoys traveling the world and spending time with family and friends.

At-large director

Dr. Banks

Gerald Banks, MD, MS, FAAFP, grew up in another of the panhandle states — Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Boise State University and his Master of Science in molecular biology from California State University — Long Beach. He completed residency at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he was a Larry A. Green Scholar and studied health policy at the Robert Graham Center in Washington, D.C., He was also elected resident delegate to AAFP’s Congress of Delegates and resident trustee to the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. He has a keen interest in family medicine health policy, and workforce issues. He has been published frequently and his research has appeared in “American Family Physician” and “Annals of Family Medicine.” He was recently the featured speaker at the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Workforce Research Conference in Washington, D.C. He is the current Member Constituency Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and serves on multiple committees for TAFP. He is a proud graduate of TAFP’s Family Medicine Leadership Experience.

Dr. Hadley

Lesca Hadley, MD, FAAFP, is a Texas native and her rural roots run deep. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and earned her medical doctorate at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock. She completed her family medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She is board certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative care. She practices full-scope family medicine and teaches inpatient and maternity care to residents and students in the Family Medicine Residency Program at John Peter Smith Hospital. She also serves as the Geriatric Fellowship Program Director. She is passionate about preparing trainees to care for patients facing complex social, emotional, and medical problems. She also has a love for global health and has been grateful for the opportunity to provide medical care along with education in several countries.

Dr. Okwuwa

Ikemefuna “Ike” Okwuwa, MD, graduated from the University of Benin Medical School in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. He completed residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin, where he’s currently the residency program director. He was elected to be a representative at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders to the Congress of Delegates in 2015, served as an alternate delegate the same year, and as a special constituency delegate in 2016. He was elected to the Rules Committee during the 2016 Congress of Delegates. He’s previously served as the new physician member on TAFP’s Board of Directors and is a current member of AAFP’s Commission of Members and Member Services. He is chairman on both the Board of Directors of Permian Basin Health Network and the Physician-Hospital Organization at the Permian Basin.