About Martha Vijjeswarapu, TMAA President, 2020-21

Martha Vijjeswarapu is the 103rd president of the Texas Medical Association Alliance. She began her term on May 1, 2020.

Born and raised in Perryton, Texas, Martha graduated from Christ for the Nations Bible Institute before joining Youth With a Mission and traveling to Hong Kong. During her seven years with YWAM, she traveled the foothills of Mt. Everest, hiked down to Nepal and through the Khyber pass to India. It was during her tenure as a missionary she discovered an enduring love for advocacy.

She met Daniel in 1988 while home on furlough. After several months, she returned to Hong Kong to finish her commitment, but the two stayed in touch via letters. Their love blossomed, and they married in August of 1989.
 
Daniel and Martha moved to Houston, where they worked at MD Anderson Cancer center until Daniel began his Pediatric Residency with UTHealth Medical School (now McGovern Medical School). Their first child, Rebecca was born on Daniel’s match day in 1992. Their second daughter Christy arrived two years later during the Christmas holiday. 

After completing his residency, Daniel was accepted for the academic pediatric fellowship with UTHealth Medical School San Antonio. The family lived in San Antonio during the 2-year fellowship, after which Daniel accepted a position in Corpus Christi at Driscoll Children’s Hospital to develop the medical student program with Texas A&M. After several years, they opened their own medical practice, which Martha ran for almost 16 years. During their time in Corpus Christi, Martha was a volunteer at the Yorktown Christian Academy, Mireless Elementary School, and an active member of the PTA. She participated with the Texas Pediatric Society Office Managers Group and Corpus Christi Office Managers.

It was Daniel who signed Martha up for the Nueces County Medical Society Alliance, saying it was a great group and she already knew several members. Martha became an active member of the Alliance,  joining the board, and serving as President in 2014. She also became active with the TMAA, serving as chair of Revisions & Guidelines, Vice-President of Legislative Affairs, and Vice-President of Community Health before accepting the position of TMAA President.

In 2019, Martha and Daniel sold their practice and returned to San Antonio, where Daniel currently works with Centromed. She currently serves as Chair of the Texas Pediatric Foundation Board. She enjoys spending time with her daughter Rebecca, who lives in San Antonio, and daughter Christy and son-in-law Trey, who reside in Houston.