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The UTMB Health System Executive Team

An advantage of the UTMB Administrative Fellowship is that the fellow receives a high level of exposure to the Health System Executive Team. Fellows are considered part of the UTMB Health System Executive Team, and as part of the team, they participate in different functions of the Executive Team and are officed in the same suite. Fellows are able to sit in on multiple different committee meetings and participate in all of the Executive Team's retreats. The Executive Team emphasizes participation, often calling on the fellow provide his or her own perspective on issues and placing presentations that the fellow will lead on their agenda. This allows the fellow to develop skills that are necessary to be a contributing member of a management team, while still providing them with close supervision. The members of the UTMB Health System Executive Team are listed below.

Deb McGrew

Deborah McGrew, MHA

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Most recently, Ms. McGrew was the Associate Vice President, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB), a 1,146-bed quaternary care academic medical center with total operating revenue of $1.2 billion and annual discharges of 50,000 patients. At UAB, Ms. McGrew was responsible for leadership of the Center for Psychiatric Medicine, a 120-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital; the Comprehensive Transplant Center, one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the world; operation of the UAB hospital-based clinics; Critical Care Transport which provides both air and ground transportation; Laboratory Services which performs over two million tests annually at two hospitals and multiple outpatient sites; Respiratory Services; Infusion Services; the Palliative Care and Geriatric Service Line; and the Hospital Health Club. She arrived at UAB in 2005 and held progressively responsible positions within the organization.

Prior to her work at UAB, Ms. McGrew was Administrative Director of Transplant Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) from 2003-2005. Ms. McGrew completed her BA in Biology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, graduating cum laude. She received her MHA in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating with high honors. She completed her administrative fellowship at the City of Hope National Medicine Center, a comprehensive cancer center and research institute located in the greater Los Angeles area.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Momentum, a Women's Leadership Development Program in Alabama. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, appointed by the Governor in 2012; a Board Member of One Roof, an organization that serves the homeless; the Birmingham Literacy Council; and served as Board Member and Chair of the Program Committee for the Alabama Kidney Foundation from 2006-2010.


Ann O'Connell

Ann O'Connell, MBA

Vice President, Ambulatory Operations

Ann was formerly the Vice President for Ambulatory Care at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), a position she has held since 2009. She joined the OHSU team in 1989. In this position, she managed more than 60 ambulatory practices with more than 1000 physicians and 2000 staff who see over 750,000 patient visits annually. Ann supervised all of the directors and ambulatory practice managers and has full responsibility for a $120M operation.

During her tenure, Ann has focused a great deal of time and attention on developing and implementing a comprehensive quality plan for ambulatory care that addresses patient satisfaction, clinical quality, access and cost. Ann and her team have successfully standardized and streamlined the referral management process across the network which resulted in patient access improvements. She has experience in developing and implementing new models of ambulatory care that are needed in a health reformed environment. Ann led OHSU's three medical home demonstration projects resulting in very innovative changes in the models of care. These projects have been acknowledged at the state and local level and have been replicated in many other practices.

A nurse by training, Ann's early career was spent as a Surgical Nurse and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Early in her career at OHSU Ann moved from nursing to administration. She spent time in recruitment at OHSU's School of Nursing and then served as program director for OHSU's Nursing Personnel and Support Services. This work in human resources prepared Ann well for the challenges of managing staff in the ambulatory world.

Ann received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and her Master's degree in Nursing Administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; and her Master's degree in Healthcare Management from Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2007, Ann received the OHSU Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year award and in 2013 the ROSE Award for recognition of Outstanding Service Excellence.



David M. Connaughton, CPA, CHFP

Vice President, Finance - Clinical Enterprises

David M. Connaughton, CPA, CHFP, is the Vice President, Finance - Clinical Enterprises. David is the chief financial executive for UTMB Hospitals and Clinics and Correctional Managed Care, as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of UTMB HealthCare Systems. Since joining UTMB, David has held numerous, increasingly responsible positions until assuming his current role in April 2008. David has been involved in most divisions of UTMB including healthcare, managed care, correctional managed care, faculty group practice, academics and business and finance. David received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University. David's career began with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he was a member of the Dallas healthcare practice group. While at Arthur Andersen, David gained broad exposure to a large variety of healthcare clients, audits and projects. He also served as the Director of Accounting for Santa Rosa Healthcare Corporation from 1988 to 1991, where he helped lead the transformation of accounting and business operations at Santa Rosa. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.



Mark Kirschbaum, RN PhD

Chief Quality, Safety and Clinical Information Officer

Mark S. Kirschbaum, PhD, RN is UTMB Health's Chief Quality, Safety and Clinical Information Officer. Before joining UTMB Health, Mark served as the Senior Vice President, Quality and Information, at UW Hospital and Clinics. Mark has over 30 years experience in management, education, and clinical positions. He has devoted much of the past fifteen years of his career to operational process analysis and system design, including information system and quality architectures, to improve clinical outcome and program performance and support multidisciplinary patient care operations. Kirschbaum was recently named co-chair of the Legal and Policy Committee of the WIRED for Health Board (Wisconsin Relay of Electronic Data for Health or WIRED for Health.) In addition, Kirschbaum has been involved in local improvements as a Baldrige examiner with Wisconsin Forward and Minnesota Council for Quality.



David Marshall, DNP, JD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP

Assistant Vice President & Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer

David currently serves as Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer for UTMB Health. David began his association with UTMB in 1983 as a staff nurse, advancing to the positions of Assistant Head Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Administrator, and Director of Nursing. In 2001, he assumed the role of Chief Nursing Officer. David has served on the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the Committee on Practice Issues for the Texas Nurses Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of American Organization of Nurse Executives and is a past chair of the Galveston County Branch of the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is an active member of a federal disaster medical assistance team, and was deployed to Florida in 2004 and to New Orleans in 2005.


Skip Brown

Skip Brown, MD

Interim Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Brown received his degree in Medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He then came to UTMB as a Pediatric resident and completed his residency in 1978. He then began his practice of pediatrics in Longview, Texas for the next 32 years.

During his practice he has been involved in many activities at the state and national level in medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Brown has served as President of the Texas Pediatric Society. He has chaired several committees for the TPS as well. He is the incoming vice-chair of the Texas chapter of the AAP. Dr. Brown has been Chair of the Socioeconomics Council for the Texas Medical Association and is a member of the Committee on Medicaid for the TMA. Additionally, Dr Brown has chaired the Public Health Benefits Review and Design Committee for Texas HHSC for the past 4 years. (The committee to evaluate and recommend for reimbursement by Texas Medicaid).

On the national level, Dr. Brown is a member of the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine for the AAP. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of HealthyChildren.org a website for pediatric information for families and caregivers that is sponsored by the AAP. He is the parent of four wonderful grown children and the grandfather of four.