Charles Bailey Jr., a third-generation Texas physician with deep roots in the Lone Star state's political power structure-his father once cared for President Lyndon Johnson-is the new president of the Texas Medical Association.
Bailey, known to his friends as "Bill," was named president earlier this month during the 150th anniversary of the influential medical society, the largest in the nation with about 38,000 members and 119 county affiliates.
Bailey's father was a general practitioner in Austin, Texas, whose patients ranged from poor farmworkers who couldn't pay their bills to a U.S. president. The elder Bailey also delivered the first two babies of Johnson's daughter, Luci Johnson Turpin.
Johnson hosted a 19th birthday party for the younger Bailey and presented him with a pair of custom-made cowboy boots.
One day before Johnson died, according to officials with the medical society, he wrote the elder Bailey a letter, thanking him for all he had done for his family.
Bailey's grandfather also was a doctor, as were two of his uncles.
A plastic surgeon who has practiced in Houston since 1973, Bailey, 62, has been named by Town & Country magazine as one of the top five cosmetic surgeons in Houston. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1967 after earning a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a law degree from the South Texas College of Law, Houston, where he was assistant editor of the law review, and has been a member of the state bar since 1980.
Bailey, one of the association's delegates to the Chicago-based American Medical Association, has been a member of the TMA for more than three decades, serving on its board of trustees for the last four years. He also has served as president of the Harris County Medical Society.