Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP
Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Legislative Affairs
Over the past three decades, Dr. Ben Raimer has held numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. A tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Raimer was appointed senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs in 2008. In 2016 the UTMB Provost also asked that he assume the role as Executive Director of the UTMB Community and Global Health Collaborating Center. He previously served as vice president for the UTMB Office of Community Outreach, as chief physician executive and CEO of UTMB Correctional Managed Care, as medical director of the UTMB Primary Care Outpatient Clinics, as CEO for Community Health Services, and as chief physician executive for UT-MED (The Group Practice of Medicine at UTMB).
Dr. Raimer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He holds an undergraduate degree in biology from East Texas Baptist University, a master’s degree in human genetics from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate from the UTMB School of Medicine. Since completing an internship and residency in pediatrics at UTMB in 1977, he has provided community-based medical care to scores of young patients living in Galveston and neighboring counties. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Much of his practice has been devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Raimer is a nationally recognized expert and author on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, he has been honored by several state and national children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions. He also has extensive experience in health care practice management, correctional health care and telemedicine and has published numerous articles on these topics also.
In addition to the many hats he wears at UTMB, Dr. Raimer is a member of the Texas Pediatric Society Executive Board and President Elect of TPS. He serves as chair of the Texas Health Institute Board of Directors, and the East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and serves as a commissioner on the BGCT Christian Life Commission. He also serves as the chair for the Galveston County Health District United Board of Health and formerly served as chair of the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council for 13 years and the Health Disparities Task Force of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He was the inaugural chair of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors. More recently, Governor Rick Perry appointed Dr. Raimer as chair of the Health and Human Services Commission Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The council helps develop policies and rules for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and makes recommendations regarding the management and operation of the commission. With the restructuring of the HHSC enterprise Dr. Raimer continues to serve as a member of the HHSC Advisory Council. He also holds positions on the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute Board of Directors and on the Houston HealthConnect (HIE) Board of Directors.