After a successful run that spanned five decades, the final Impact was published in January 2020.  Impact was UTMB Health’s employee newsletter. It evolved from a one color printed tabloid newspaper to a full color magazine with a digital component. We’ve archived the past several years on these pages for your review and enjoyment.


Impact is for and about the people who fulfill UTMB’s mission to improve health in Texas and around the world. We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Let us know what you think!

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From the President

Sep 9, 2018, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender

Callender, David15Fiscal Year 2019 is off to a running start! 

Before we shift our focus to the future and what’s to come, I want to recognize the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff during a challenging FY18. Thanks to each of you—along with just a bit of luck—we were able to surpass our budget projections and end the fiscal year on a positive note. 

To recognize the collective efforts and contributions you have made during the past year, I’m happy that UTMB will once again issue a $750 TEAM Award, in the form of a one-time payment to eligible employees, on Friday, Nov. 16. To check your eligibility for this payment, visit 

During my Town Hall on Sept. 19, I discussed last year’s performance and shared information on how we’ll continue to build upon this success in the coming months by prioritizing our people, the value of our service, strategic management and growth, and efficient, streamlined use of resources. I also announced that UTMB will continue our efforts to reward outstanding work by awarding merit raises for eligible employees in November. If you were unable to attend or watch Town Hall online, you can access the full presentation at 

As UTMB’s footprint expands—thanks to our collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center on the League City Campus, a signed letter of intent for a new campus in Webster and continued construction on the Galveston Campus—FY19 is shaping up to be an active and exciting year for us. 

This latest issue of Impact features a “Day in the Life” of Mike Cromie, assistant director of Student Life, and highlights what he and his team do to enhance and improve the educational experience for students across our institution. 

Other stories in the September issue include: 

  • A Best Care in Action article about how UTMB staff is helping a family deal with tragedy 
  • Our researcher’s work to unravel why some patients with brain markers for Alzheimer’s disease avoid dementia 
  • An update on construction projects taking place across UTMB 
  • A summary of the past month’s Pulse videos 
  • Myths about atrial fibrillation, by Dr. Rafic Berbarie 
  • This month’s trivia question and more 

As always, send your story ideas, Hidden Talents and trivia answers to the Impact team. I look forward to us excelling together in the coming year. 

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President