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.
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.
Diana Browning, MBA
Interim Vice President & Chief Ambulatory Operations Officer
Diana has an extensive background in healthcare, working in the clinical environment as a radiation therapist, in accreditation of educational programs in Allied Health for the AMA, and most recently in ambulatory operations at UT Physicians, Houston. Diana also has experience in operations at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and City of Hope National Medical Center and practice management at US Oncology. Diana has a BS in Healthcare from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL and a MBA from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL. She also obtained certification as a radiation therapist from the College of Radiographers, London, UK.
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, 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.
Sandra Murdock, FACHE, DrPH
Vice President, Health System & Service Line Operations
Sandra Murdock is the Vice President for Health System & Service Line Operations and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine & Community Health at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is responsible for providing leadership to major units including Emergency and Trauma Services, Bed Information Center, Radiology Services, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiac Testing, EEG Laboratory, Rehabilitation Services, Transplant Services and Vascular Lab. She is also responsible for the development and management of service lines for Heart, Thoracic and Vascular; Orthopedic; Cancer; Neurosciences; Transplant; and Gastrointestinal Services. She has held numerous administrative roles prior to joining UTMB including Administrator for Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates and Vice Chairman for Administration at The Methodist Hospital in Houston; President and Chief Executive Officer at the Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas; Deputy Director for Administration and Chief Operating Officer at the Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University in Atlanta; and Associate Vice President for Operations and Ambulatory Services, Associate Vice President for Patient Care Administration and Division Administrator for Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer in Houston.
Steve Quach, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Steve Quach received his B.A. and M.A. from Rice University prior to receiving his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UTMB. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at UTMB and is now an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. In addition to clinical duties, he has served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Medical Director of the Daniels Clinic of Internal Medicine, Director of Quality Management for Internal Medicine, and Director of the Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. In 2006, he led a team in submission of an application for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to the University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence. Dr. Quach has furthered his training in the field of healthcare quality improvement with completion of the Advanced Training Program conducted by Intermountain Health, and he has completed certification as a Patient Safety Officer. In 2007, he became assistant Chief Medical Officer and has served as Chief Medical Officer for the UTMB Health System since 2009.