From the President

Jan 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by Dr. David Callender

Callender, David15This space usually carries a simple Happy New Year message, but with the John Sealy Hospital fire, 2017 got off to a more eventful start than any of us had anticipated. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again acknowledge the many employees who have kept patients, visitors and colleagues safe, fulfilling our mission under extraordinary circumstances. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the employees, staff and faculty who’ve worked tirelessly since the fire to restore operations so that our support for patients has been virtually uninterrupted. Thank you!

Considering the wonders worked in just the first two weeks of 2017, it’s fitting that this month we launched an ad campaign focused on “UTMB Wonders.” You may already have run across some of the new TV/cable, radio and digital ads. You can learn more about this campaign in this issue of Impact.

You’ll also read about the new Health Education Center (HEC) to be built on our Galveston Campus. The HEC will enable us to provide the most advanced interprofessional training to the future health care workforce.

Stories of other amazing UTMB employees and accomplishments appear throughout this issue of Impact. Among the highlights:

  • A Day in the Life of Julian Ramirez, a UTMB catering attendant
  • A profile of Ann O’Connell, vice president of Ambulatory Operations
  • An oral vaccine against Salmonella, developed by UTMB scientists
  • The Rio Grande Valley maternal and child health clinic, which fills a unique role for women in the region
  • A new name for the Administrative Professionals Association, which is celebrating six decades at UTMB
  • A new group that aims to advance a culture of inclusion for the next generation of leadersNumerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter

I also want to remind you that the latest edition of The Road Ahead is now available at Please take a moment to read it, discuss it with your team, and consider your role in our mission.

In the meantime, if you have ideas for future issues of the newsletter or have a UTMB Wonder to share, let the Impact team know.

Thank you!

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President