The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) has named Dr. J.D. Sheffield as recipient of their 2014 Public Service Award. Dr. Sheffield is a family practice physician from Gatesville and a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Dr. Sheffield is the only rural physician in the Texas House and the only physician serving on the Public Health Committee, where he works to protect the healthcare freedoms of Texas patients and doctors.

"Representative J.D. Sheffield, D.O. is likely the first ever osteopathic physician elected to serve in the Texas Legislature and we couldn't be more proud to acknowledge a member of our family who's dedicated his life to improving the health of his community and for his outstanding efforts advocating on behalf of all Texas patients," said John L. Wright, D.O., president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Sheffield graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (formerly Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1989 and completed an internship in family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is currently medical director at Coryell Medical Clinic and chief of staff of Coryell Memorial Hospital. He is the only Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in the nation who is serving as a legislator.