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The Texas Chapter of the ACP honors an active ACP member that demonstrates leadership in community services that has been
in practice for at least ten years. The Early Career Physician Leader of the Year Award is the most prestigious recognition of
achievement for early career physicians. Recipients of this award are recognized for their outstanding achievement in the areas of academics, leaderships, and/or advocacy for the field of internal medicine.
Dr. Davidson grew up in rural Texas and was the first in her extended family to become a physician. She pursued an undergraduate degree in biology at The University of Texas at Austin, serving on the Natural Sciences Council as part of UT student government. She then attended medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She participated in UT Southwestern’s Summer Research Program and was chosen to present her abstract, "Palmitoylation in the Regulation of G Proteins" in the 38th Annual Medical Student Research Forum.
Dr. Davidson completed residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She then stayed at Baylor to work in academic medicine—both inpatient and outpatient. Eventually, she relocated back to Austin where she worked as a hospitalist in private practice for almost nine years in a physician-owned group and also served on her group’s board of directors. She transitioned in late 2015 to working in research at a phase I clinic in order to spend more time with her family. Dr. Davidson is a member of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Travis County Medical Society (TCMS). She is an alternate delegate to the TMA for TCMS and is a member of the TCMS Public Health Committee.
ACP continues to be her professional home. She feels ACP provides excellent support for internists in all practice environments. Dr. Davidson previously was the Southern Co-Chair of the ACP Texas Council of Early Career Physicians and has served on several Texas ACP committees. She is currently a member of the Texas ACP Board of Directors.
She enjoys gardening, cycling, and traveling— especially going to the beach. Dr. Davidson is proud to receive the Texas ACP Early Career Physician Leader Award and wishes to thank her family for their support—her husband, Jason, and her two children, as well as her parents who have always encouraged her to do her best.
Dr. Amy LaViolette is a native Texan who grew up in Austin. She attended undergraduate at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and then completed her medical education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Following medical school completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Austin. She served as one of the Chief Medicine Residents after her residency and then was hired as faculty in 2008, until transitioning to private practice where she is now a partner with Capital Medical Clinic in Austin.
She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health in 2010.
Dr. LaViolette participated in both ambulatory and inpatient residency. She previously served as the lead preceptor/GME liaison for one of the residency’s primary care clinics. In addition to patient care she participated in graduate medical education by using simulation to help with training in the primary care setting as well as curriculum development. She served as a mentor for residents as well as contributed actively in medical student education by serving as a leader for a Practice of Medicine informal class for 3rd year students at University of Texas Medical Branch. She served on several committees in that time, including serving as the physician co-chair of the University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital Ethics Committee as well as several committees related to residency education and curriculum development.
Due to her love of primary care and the longitudinal relationship it allowed her to develop with her patients, she now exclusively practices in the ambulatory setting at Capital Medical Clinic. She has been recognized as a Texas Super Doctors Rising Star from 2013-2015 and as a Top Doctor in Austin for 2018. She continues to serve as a member of the Public Health Committee for her local county medical society. On a state-wide level she is the current Secretary Treasurer to ACP Services and has previously served as a Regional Director on the Board. She remains active in several committees within ACP and ACP Services, including the Texas ACP Council of Early Career Physicians and the Resident’s Committee. She also serves as the chapter’s representative for the TMA’s Interspecialty Society Committee where she is also a member of the Board of Delegates.
When Dr. LaViolette is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children (Juliette and Luc) as well as watching movies and knitting/ crocheting as time allows.
Julie Stephen, MD, MBA, FACP
Dr. Julie Stephen is the 2016 recipient of the Council of Early Career Physicians Young Physician
Leader of the Year Award, an award she had the foresight to establish several years ago. She is a graduate of UT Dallas where she was a member of the honors program, graduating Summa Cum Laude, where she was selected as a graduation speaker. She went on to Internal Medicine training at UTMB. She has participated in post-graduate training, obtaining a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a Graduate Certificate of Health Care Administration at Rice University. She also had additional training in Aesthestic Medicine and Occupational Health Services.
She has been very active in Quality Improvement with multiple projects at The Methodist Hospital, and Advanced Training in Healthcare Delivery Improvement and Patient Safety with Intermountain Healthcare. She has participated in the TMA Leadership Program. She has had academic appointments at the Weil Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M, and UT Medical Branch. She currently serves as the Director of Medical Operations for Concentra Health Services.
She has been a member of the Texas ACP since 2006. She was the Southern Co-Chair of the Council of Young Physicians from 2010 to 2012. In this capacity she reorganized the committee structure, created the Council of Young Physicians bi-annual newsletter, developed a CME workshop at the annual Texas ACP Meeting, and established the Young Physician of the Year Award, the forerunner of the Council of Early Career Physicians Young Physician Leader of the Year Award. She also became the Southern Director of Texas ACP Foundation in 2010,
servicing in this capacity since. In this position she solicited funding and volunteered as a preceptor to GIMSIPP and helped to promote the GIMSPP program in general. She was selected as President Elect of Texas ACP Service in 2013 and served as President of ACP Services
from 2014 to 2015.
In view of her history of service to the Council of Early Physicians and Texas ACP Services, Dr. Julie Stephen was the unanimous choice of
the Awards Committee for the Council of Early Career Physicians Young Physician Leader of the Year Award.
Lianne Marks, MD, PHD, FACP
Dr. Marks is an Internal Medicine physician at Baylor Scott & White Health and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Round Rock. She served as the Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine from February 2009 - October 2010 and is
currently the Regional Chair in Internal Medicine as well as Assistant Dean in Educational Development for the College of Medicine. Dr. Marks initially graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in Molecular Neuroscience. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami Medical School in 2004 and her Ph.D. degree in Immunology at the same institution in 2002. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in 2007 at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Marks is board certified in Internal Medicine and joined Scott and White in 2007. Dr. Marks is a member of the Williamson County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. She is a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Physicians.“
Dr. Aaron Samsula was born in Nebraska and graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BS in Biology and completed his doctoral of medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He finished residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine Resident’s Clinic from 2004-2005.
Currently, Dr. Samsula has practices medicine in Plano, Texas and specializes in
As a longstanding member of the ACP, Dr. Samsula participated in clinical vignette competitions as both a medical student and resident. He participated in the General Internal Medicine Statewide Preceptorship program as a student and has welcomed students to his office since 2006 serving as a volunteer preceptor engaging the next generations of Internists. He has served as Co-Chair for Texas Northern for the Council of Early Career Physicians for four years and helped to lead this new committee to successful events for young physicians. He has served on the Medical Students Committee since 2008 and participated in the annual meeting for many years. In 2012, he was awarded Fellowship in the College.
During his young career, Dr. Samsula has earned numerous accolades in recognition of his achievements and contributions to his field including being named to D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas and Best Doctors in Collin County (2012-2014) as well as being named a Texas Monthly Rising Star (2012-2014).
Dr. Samsula is affiliated with The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Baylor Regional Medical Center At Plano. He has been a member of numerous professional
organizations and named to several committees since 2006. His colleagues have shared that Dr. Samsula “embodies the spirit with which this award was created and has served as a physician leader and strong advocate for Internal Medicine.”
In recognition of his achievements in leadership, medical education and commitment to strengthening the practice of Internal Medicine for his patients
and community, the Texas Chapter is pleased to bestow the Early Career Physician Leader of the Year Award on Aaron Samsula, MD, FACP.
Pete Yunyongying, MD, FACP
Pete Yunyongying, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at
Dallas (UTSW) and works full time as a clinician-educator at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS).
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he attended Brown University for undergraduate studies and the University of Maryland for medical school. He completed internal medicine residency at UTSW and subsequently completed fellowships in both Medical Education and Teaching and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Yunyongying’s career has focused on medical education and curriculum development. In addition to teaching medical students and internal medicine residents, he has held lead roles in teaching classes in quality improvement, communication skills, and evidence based medicine. Dr. Yunyongying has a particular interest in developing inter-professional and interdisciplinary programs.
He is working with the VANTHCS Mental Health Service on a steering committee and curriculum for the Dallas addiction leadership training fellowship, which is a new postgraduate fellowship. Dr. Yunyongying is very active in professional organizations including the American College of Physicians (ACP), both nationally and locally, and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). He organizes the Annual Texas ACP (TXACP) Residents Day for the Dallas area and has completed the ACP Leadership
Enhancement and Development (LEAD) certificate training. He served on the TXACP Chapter Board of Directors, assisted in starting the Texas ACP Council of Early Career Physicians (CECP), and was the chair of the Communications Committee for the TXACP. In SGIM, he sits on the National Education Committee,the Milestones workgroup, and the Maintenance of Certification workgroup.
Dr. Yunyongying has served on numerous committees at both VANTHCS and UTSW. He leads a faculty development series at the Dallas VA Medical Center for fellow UT Southwestern faculty and VA Staff. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, mentored residents on poster presentations and published numerous research articles, book chapters, case reports and letters to the editor. In addition to his professional achievements, he has contributed greatly to the local community. He has held leadership positions including being the Chair of Alliance, an organization of young professionals supporting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. He is a member of the steering committee for the MAC PAC, a support organization for the McKinney Avenue Contemporary art exhibition space, and is a member of the steering committee for Vivaldi, a support organization for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is on the advisory board for the Crow Collection of Asian Art and a docent for the museum. Dr. Yunyongying exemplifies dedication and leadership to the field of internal medicine and his community for all physicians, especially early career physicians. TXACP is proud of Dr. Pete Yunyongying as recipient of the 2013 Council of Early Career Physicians Leader of the Year Award.
Victor Simms, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Victor Simms, MD, MPH, FACP is a native Texan who was born in Fort Worth on December 9, 1969. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Biology at Texas A&M and completed his doctoral of medicine degree at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) on a Baylor Alumni Association Scholarship. He finished residency in Internal Medicine and an NIH Research Fellowship in Primary Care Research, also at BCM. He obtained a Master in Public Health at The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston while completing his research fellowship. He received numerous awards during his time at BCM including Outstanding Graduating Student Award, Resident Teaching Award, and Resident Primary Care Physician Award.
During his young career as an internist, Dr. Simms had given many lectures on topics in general medicine for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Primary Care Forum, Jack and Jill of America, and community awareness programs. He also served as a guest lecturer at Morehouse and Spelman Universities. Dr. Simms is currently a voluntary clinical teaching faculty at BCM and the University of Texas Medical Branch, teaching residents and students in both the hospital and clinic settings.
Dr. Simms has been practicing as a General Internist and serving as a Managing Physician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Pasadena. He is very active in many clinical committees and has been one of the members of the Board of Directors for the clinic since 2008. His achievements have led to his promotion as an Associate Chief for the Department of Internal Medicine in 2011.
Aside from clinical duties, Dr. Simms is actively involved in many professional societies including Texas Club of Internist, American College of Physicians (ACP), American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, National Medical Association, and Harris County Medical Society. He is particularly committed to the Texas Chapter of ACP – he became a member of the TX Chapter Board of Directors in 2007 and assumed the position of President of the TX Chapter Services in 2010. He attended ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill as part of the TX Chapter delegation for several years in a row to support for primary care. Dr. Simms was awarded Fellowship to the College in 2009.
Ever a person with compassion to those who are less fortunate, Dr. Simms has involved in many community activities. He is a member-at-large for the Board of Directors of Hope through Grace, a non-profit colorectal cancer screening organization. He has been organizing and facilitating the Annual Community Health Fair in Houston since 2001 and participating in career day presentation at various schools in the Houston area since 1996. Through his church, he also involved in Caregivers Ministry, where he provides health screenings and education.
Dr. Simms is the tenth child of a family of twelve children and the first person from the family to attend college. He contributed his successes to his supportive parents and siblings. He is a sport enthusiast, specifically leaning toward weight training and golf. He also enjoys exploring the various cuisines in Texas and is often described as a laid-back and relaxed character. Dr. Simms currently resides in Pearland, TX and is an active member of Brookhollow Baptist Church.
In recognition of his achievements in leadership, medical education, and advocacy in the field of internal medicine as a young physician, the Texas Chapter of ACP is pleased to bestow its very first Young Physician Leader of the Year Award (2013 named Early Career Physician Leader of the Year Award), on Victor Simms, MD, MPH, FACP.
Texas Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting
October 25-27, 2019, JW Marriott San Antonio