Tobin (Toby) Boenig is responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining an effective compliance program at UTMB. He monitors and reports results of compliance efforts across the institution and provides guidance to executive management regarding compliance issues and requirements, as well as regulatory law advice.
Prior to UTMB, Boenig served as a compliance attorney at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and was responsible for providing legal research and analysis in privacy and corporate compliance matters. He began his legal career in Houston with Vinson & Elkins.
Originally from the small town of Marion, Texas, Boenig received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
What does Best Care mean to you and how do you contribute?
Best Care is what we should always strive to achieve. Our patients and the community we serve deserve nothing less than excellence. Our job, as the compliance office, is to make sure that we stay abreast of the ever-changing health care regulatory environment. We understand that our health care professionals went to school to care for patients, so the compliance office serves as a resource to follow these regulations and educate the UTMB community so that they can concentrate on providing Best Care.
What are the biggest challenges you face as UTMB’s chief compliance officer?
As we move into 2017 and beyond, I believe we will continue to see significant changes in health care regulations and requirements. Our job is going to be to follow these changes and respond with education and outreach where necessary.
What was your first job?
I started working for my uncle’s fencing company in Seguin, Texas, when I was about 14 years old. I dug post holes and stretched barbed wire. While I learned the value of hard work, it also helped me to realize that I wanted to concentrate on my education.
What do you like to do outside of work?
My wife Jennifer and I have two boys and a girl: Kieran (10), Sawyer (5) and Elizabeth (2). As you can see from the photo, we are kind of Disney nerds. When I’m not chasing around three kids, I like to watch Aggie football or Astros baseball. Both can be excruciating to follow.
Do you have any hidden talents?
It may not be hidden to the folks in the compliance office, but I consider myself an expert in Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Now that I say this, someone will stump me.
What’s something you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
I have always wanted to go to the Masters Tournament. The pageantry and the scenery of the annual golf tournament is beautiful. I love how so much is riding on every single shot and the littlest of mistakes is the difference between a great shot or one that is horrendous.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I want to go on an African safari. As much as my family and I love the safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I believe that an African safari may just be a bit more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.