Kristin Story Held, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon. She is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio where she was elected to AOA. Following her internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology, Dr. Held joined the faculty at the Univ. of TX Health Science Center at San Antonio where she taught residents and medical students and served as Director of the County Ophthalmology Clinic. She maintains an academic affiliation as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. For the past 20 years she has been in private practice in San Antonio.
On October 1, 2015 her practice became completely third party free. Kris is actively developing an “alternate universe” with a group of San Antonio physicians, where physicians can practice through a direct patient care model called BridgeTwoHealth.com.
Dr. Held served on the healthcare policy advisory team for Dr. Ben Carson during his presidential campaign. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Co-Founder of AmericanDoctors4Truth.org (which features a template for true patient centered healthcare reform at www.AmericanDoctors4Truth.org), and serves on the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy. Dr. Held has read and reported on the Affordable Care Act, MACRA, and the proposed MACRA rules. She served as a member of the Physicians’ Healthcare Workgroup, working with physicians from across the country, including physician Congressman, to draft a template for true patient-centered, market-driven healthcare reform. She received The Shining Scalpel Award from AAPS “In recognition of her outstanding service to the American people and the profession of medicine by ‘cutting’ through the political rhetoric regarding healthcare reform.” She was a cofounder of rebel.md , a site featuring articles written by physicians related to the practice of medicine from the trenches of real life experiences.
Dr. Held met personally with Mr. Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, and his Deputy Directors at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC to discuss her dissent to MACRA and CMS’s proposed rules and to offer solutions for patient-centered reform. She has traveled to DC countless times over the past 8 years to participate in health policy work advocating Constitutional and free market principles.
Dr. Held has had numerous articles published, including in the Washington Times, The Hill, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons and Dr. Carson’s AmericanCurrentsee. She has spoken across the country and on radio, television, film, and internet regarding health policy contained in the ACA and MACRA and its effects on patients, physicians, and the practice of American medicine, advocating for the patient-physician relationship and against the government takeover of medicine. She serves on the Medical Executive Committee of the Methodist Ambulatory Surgical Center North Central in San Antonio and serves on the UT Health San Antonio Development Board.
Dr. Held is married and has four daughters; the oldest is a dermatology resident and the second is a 4th year medical student. Her father is a former chairman of neurosurgery, and her mom is a retired R.N. Kris will be a five-year survivor of breast cancer in 2017. Please follow @kksheld on Twitter and follow her blog at KrisHeldMD.wordpress.com.