Dr. James S. Goodwin has been appointed vice president and chief research officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Goodwin, who holds the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine, joined UTMB in 1992.

“Dr. Goodwin will work with the research community to develop and implement a strategic plan for research and to develop new programs of excellence in translational research,” said Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, provost and senior vice president. “He is uniquely experienced and qualified to guide our research programs.”

At UTMB, Goodwin has led several research projects that have received considerable national and international attention:

• A study that found colonoscopies are considerably overused among elderly patients.

• Another study found that some doctors continue to order PSA tests for older male patients in spite of recommendations against doing so.

• Studies showing that nurse practitioners deliver comparable or better care to nursing home patients compared to physicians.

Goodwin earlier this year directed an effort that resulted in UTMB being awarded $4.9 million for the state’s first federally funded center to study individual preferences of older men and women about the most important outcomes from their medical care.

“One of my major goals is to work with the entire health system to foster translational research that directly impacts and improves the medical care of our patients,” Goodwin stated.

During the past 15 years the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging, which Goodwin directs, increased its external research funding from approximately $1 million to more than $13 million yearly. He will step down as the center’s director to assume his new role on Feb. 1.

Prior to joining UTMB, Goodwin founded and directed the geriatrics program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and directed the Sinai Samaritan Geriatrics Institute at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.