Government Relations

Federal Relations

  • Works with federal officials to secure support and educate them on UTMB needs and priorities
  • Works with elected congressional officials and their staff on UTMB's behalf
  • Meets with federal government officials on grant funding opportunities
  • Coordinates campus visits for federal officials and their staff
  • Coordinates meetings for UTMB staff in Washington, DC with federal officials
  • Conveys UTMB’s position on proposed federal legislation
  • Assists UTMB staff with securing federal government approvals
  • Highly involved in the Juneteenth Celebration - Galveston holds the distinction of being the site of the first reading of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in the southern U.S. UTMB helps commemorate this extraordinary moment with an annual event on the grounds of the city’s historic Ashton Villa where the original reading of the proclamation was held.

Douglas W. Matthews
Assistant Vice President,       Government Relations
(409) 747-2791

State Relations

Lauren Sheer

Lauren E. Sheer
Assistant Vice President,        Legislative Affairs
(512) 609-8046

  • Works with state elected officials, their staff, and state agencies on UTMB issues
  • Monitors and coordinates UTMB participation in legislative committee hearings and studies
  • Coordinates campus tours and other educational activities for state legislative, executive and agency officials and their staffs
  • Serves as point of contact for elected officials’ constituent issues related to UTMB
  • Serves as resource for UTMB communities (students, faculty, alumni, etc) regarding state issues
  • Analyzes UTMB and other data and legislative information, and prepares analytical materials for use with UTMB communities, legislative offices, and other state officials and staff

F. Ryan Micks
Director, Legislative Affairs
(409) 747-2793

County Contracts

Counties and hospital districts across the state have access to primary, specialty and tertiary care for their eligible indigent county residents through a contract with UTMB. The contracts are managed using a dedicated staff that communicates with the county and hospital district indigent program staff to coordinate the patients care at UTMB, obtain treatment authorizations and provide the referring physician information about the patient’s treatment.
If you are a county or hospital district indigent health care program and you are interested in contracting for health care services with UTMB, please contact The Office of County Affairs at 409.747.5100.

Contact Us: office.county.affairs@utmb.edu
UTMB - Office of County Affairs
301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77555-0974
Phone: (409) 747-5100
Fax: (409) 747-0850
Davis, Sandra 400x560

Sandra O. Davis
Senior Administrative Manager
(409) 526-8769