Administrative Fellowship Health System Executive Team Health System Executive TeamClick on an image to open the bio. Executive Team Timothy J. Harlin, DSc, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President and CEO, Health System × Timothy J. Harlin, DSc, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President and CEO, Health System Timothy J. Harlin, DSc, MBA, FACHE, EVP & CEO, Health SystemDr. Harlin has an extensive background in helping complex health care organizations reach their potential in terms of patient experience, clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and growth, and financial stabilityPrior to joining UTMB, Dr. Harlin served as chief operating and acceleration officer at Denver Health and Hospital Authority in Colorado—an academic integrated health system that includes a 555-bed acute care hospital, nine Federally Qualified Health Centers, a health plan, emergency medical services, the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center and correctional care services. Denver Health employs more than 7,000 people and trains about 1,000 residents and fellows across 16 Graduate Medical Education programs affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Denver Health, Harlin served as chief operating officer at Hennepin Health System in Minneapolis, CEO at Randolph Medical Center in Roanoke, Alabama, and a health care consultant. Dr. Harlin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Emory University and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP, Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer × Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP, Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP, Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer Dr. Sharma completed his medical school training in India and came to the United States in 1995 to an externship at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) which allowed him to complete his medical degree. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and stayed an additional year as a chief resident. For his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship, he moved to the East Coast and joined Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Always interested in outcomes research, he was fortunate to benefit from good mentoring, which enabled him to hone his skills and ultimately earn a Master’s degree in Public Health at Yale University while completing his fellowship training. In 2004, he and his wife, along with two small children, decided to return to the Houston area where he joined UTMB’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care as an assistant professor. During his tenure at UTMB, he has served as medical director of the MICU/CCU and the Texas Department of Correctional Justice’s Hospital Galveston ICU; he is also the program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Sharma is a Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine and Professor & Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed Associate Chief Medical Officer, where his focus was on quality, patient safety and assisting with the transformation to Version 2.0 Medicine—from "fee-for-service" to "value-based care." He was also the physician champion on a regional collaborative effort to reduce readmissions. In December 2016, he was appointed Vice President & Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer at UTMB Health. In this role, Dr. Sharma led UTMB’s initiative to improve quality and patient safety as measured by Vizient, the largest member-driven, health care performance improvement company in the country. In 2016, UTMB ranked No. 76 out of 107 academic medical centers nationally in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study. Following the launch of the initiative, UTMB achieved a five-star rating for three consecutive years, ranking No. 9 in 2017, No. 4 in 2018 and No. 9 in 2019. In 2017, he spearheaded a High Value Practicing Organization (HVPO) initiative focused on five stewardship pillars: antibiotics stewardship, lab stewardship, imaging stewardship, blood management and opioids stewardship. The goal of the HVPO program is to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments while teaching concepts of value-based care to healthcare providers. Dr. Sharma's research interests include health services, quality and outcomes. He received a K-08 Career Development Award from the NIH and serves as co-investigator on PCORI and NIH grants. Dr. Sharma has also received Systems Engineering Grants from the University of Texas System for Health IT integrations and improving the care of patients with COPD. His work on these projects led UTMB to become the first COPD Center of Excellence in Texas as certified by The Joint Commission, a certification which it has maintained since 2015. Nationally, he is involved with the COPD Foundation® in its newly launched PRAXIS® platform, which is used to share best practices to improve care of patients with COPD across the care continuum. His work is published in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association andJAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine). Josette Armendariz-Batiste, DNP, RN, CCRN, CENP, Vice President, Regional Hospitals & System Chief Nursing Executive × Josette Armendariz-Batiste, DNP, RN, CCRN, CENP, Vice President, Regional Hospitals & System Chief Nursing Executive Josette Armendariz-Batiste, DNP, RN, CCRN, CENP, Vice President, Regional Hospitals & System Chief Nursing Executive Dr. Armendariz-Batiste currently serves as the Vice President, Regional Hospitals & Chief Nurse Executive at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). She began her association with UTMB Health in 1998 as a staff nurse, subsequently holding positions as Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager in the Surgical Intensive Care and Transplant Units, and as Director and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Armendariz-Batiste earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and her Master in Nursing Leadership and Management and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Walden University. Among many achievements, Dr. Armendariz-Batiste recently guided UTMB’s Neurosciences Critical Care Unit to recognition by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as a Silver-level Beacon Awardee for Excellence in 2019. She also helped lead UTMB on its journey to accreditation by Det Norske Veritas as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Josette was instrumental in the opening of Jennie Sealy Hospital in 2016, including the safe transportation of patients from the existing facility to the new hospital. She contributes to the ongoing implementation of an innovative mixed method orientation program for new graduate nurses. She also helped lead UTMB to AACN Magnet Recognition in 2012 and 2017. Dr. Armendariz-Batiste was a recipient of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ (AACN) Circle of Excellence Award in 2016 and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Dustin J. Thomas, MBA/HSA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer, Health System × Dustin J. Thomas, MBA/HSA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer, Health System Dustin J. Thomas, MBA/HSA, FACHE, Chief Financial Officer, Health SystemDustin Thomas serves as Chief Financial Officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System and Chief Analytics Officer of The University of Texas Medical Branch.Dustin began his career with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah and completed a master’s degree in Business and Health Services Administration from the University of Utah. Dustin joined UTMB in 2016 as Vice President of Budget and Decision Support.In his CFO role, Dustin is responsible for overall business planning and financial operations of the Health System, including capital and operating budgets, financial reporting, decision support, government reimbursement, clinical accounting, and labor management. In his CAO role, he oversees university-wide data analytics across the education, research, and clinical missions. He is accountable to the university president and the executive vice presidents in this capacity. Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, VP Health System Strategy, & CEO Clear Lake Campus × Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, VP Health System Strategy, & CEO Clear Lake Campus Stephen K. Jones, MHA, FACHE, VP Health System Strategy , & CEO Clear Lake Campus Stephen Jones serves as the CEO for the UTMB Health Clear Lake Campus. Stephen comes to UTMB with nearly 25 years of experience in Health System Administration. He most recently served as CEO of Bay Area Regional Medical Center. Prior to this, Stephen served as CEO at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (HCA). He has extensive experience in clinical service line development, operations and achieving excellence in clinical quality.Stephen has also been named the Vice President over health system strategy. In this role he has oversight for strategy development, community doctor relationships, service line growth priorities, and partnerships. Along with these responsibilities, Stephen oversees the stroke program, trauma program, heart failure program, and transplant program. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He earned his Masters of Healthcare Administration/Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. James Amato, MBA, Vice President, Academic Medical Center, Galveston × James Amato, MBA, Vice President, Academic Medical Center, Galveston James Amato, MBA, Vice President, Academic Medical Center, Galveston Jim comes to UTMB with more than 38 years of experience in radiology and health care administration. Most recently he served as Chief, Clinical Ancillary Services at the University of Virginia Health System. Jim began work at UVA in 2001 as the Medical Center Administrator, Radiology and progressed through roles as Interim Administrator, and Interim Chief Operating Officer of Hospital and Clinics Operations. During his time at UVA, Jim increased outpatient net revenue in ancillary services by 65 percent in three years as a result of expanding retail and specialty pharmacy services, improving medical lab turnaround times, expanding outpatient imaging services and reducing the base operating budget across all areas of clinical ancillary services. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and his Master’s in Business Administration from University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, earned the AHRA (American Health Care Radiology Administrators) Award for Excellence in 2006, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Piedmont CASA, and chaired the 2011 Community Giving Campaign at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Jim oversees Laboratory, Radiology and Rehabilitation Services, Pharmacy Operations, the Poison Control Center and support services including Laundry, Clinical Nutrition, Patient Transportation, Inpatient Food Services and Clinical Equipment Services. He is also the Contract Services Liaison for Environmental Services and Institutional Liaison for Campus Police, Purchasing, Supply Chain and UTMB's affiliation with the Texas Medical Center. In his role as Vice President of the Academic Medical Center, he also oversees operations at the Galveston Campus including John and Jennie Sealy hospitals. Beth Fingado, MBA, Vice President, System Optimization & Performance - PRECEPTOR × Beth Fingado, MBA, Vice President, System Optimization & Performance - PRECEPTOR Beth Fingado, MBA, Vice President, System Optimization & Performance In her role, Beth works vertically throughout the system to ensure that locations, services, and other patient interactions are aligned and seamlessly coordinated. She has direct oversight of some services and, in addition, supports other leaders as they work to improve their areas of responsibility. Beth is a thought leader for UTMB, providing expertise related to outcome reliability, process improvement, change management, and use of management systems. The role is envisioned to improve performance in areas such as revenue, cost and quality, patient access and throughput, patient experience, transitions of care and safety. Beth is a results-focused, highly qualified change catalyst and Lean Sensei with more than 20 years of experience. She brings a deep understanding of complex systems, processes, interrelationships and dependencies and a history of aligning all of it to the betterment of patient care. Her expertise complements UTMB's Best Care and High Value Practicing Organization efforts and help to ensure we deliver value to patients no matter where they enter the UTMB system. Beth comes to us from Denver Health where she led the Strategic Support Services & Lean Systems area. Prior to Denver Health, Beth served as the executive director in Clinical Practice Excellence at the University of New Mexico Health System. Pete Gutierrez, MBA, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations × Pete Gutierrez, MBA, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations Pete Gutierrez, MBA, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations Pete leads UTMB’s network of primary, urgent care and specialty care clinics. He works closely with ambulatory leaders and other colleagues in the Academic Enterprise to ensure the best and safest outcomes for our patients. Pete brings with him a wealth of experience and a history of collaborating with providers to achieve great results. For much of the past two decades, Pete led the extensive ambulatory operations at Denver Health, including as associate chief operating officer, administrative director and operations coordinator. One of his many accomplishments while at Denver Health was to help lead the effort that resulted in a $20 million ambulatory innovation grant from CMS to transition traditional ambulatory care to a value-based model. Pete also had the opportunity to lead an award-winning lean transformation at Denver Health.He was the process owner of the ambulatory value stream that won an operational excellence Shingo Prize award, the first healthcare organization to win the international award. Pete received his master black belt from Denver Health’s Lean Academy. He enjoys teaching and leading challenging process improvement initiatives. Owen Murray, DO, MBA, Vice President, Offender Services × Owen Murray, DO, MBA, Vice President, Offender Services Owen Murray, DO, MBA, Vice President, Offender Services As Vice President of Offender Health Services for the University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care program (UTMB-CMC), Dr. Murray is responsible for ensuring the provision of all medical, mental health, and dental services for about 120,000 adult offenders in Texas Department of Criminal Justice state jails and prisons as well as juvenile offenders in Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities. He oversees a staff of approximately 3,800 UTMB-CMC healthcare and clinical support employees located at more than 100 correctional facilities throughout the state. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston College in 1983, Dr. Murray graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Michigan State University in 1991. He earned an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1999. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and also holds certification as a Correctional Health Professional by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. In addition, he is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Murray has served on a number of UTMB committees, has published and lectured extensively on correctional health care, and has provided invited testimony before various committees of the Texas Legislature and other governing bodies. Dr. Murray has more than 20 years of experience in correctional health care. Before joining UTMB as medical director of the Correctional Managed Care program in 1995, he served as the medical director of Chicago’s Cook County Jail and several correctional centers operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections.