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.

Callender, David15

From the President

Mar 19, 2018, 19:16 PM by User Not Found

Callender, David15Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. This edition highlights many of our people and initiatives that make UTMB a leader in defining the future of health care in Texas and around the world.

I’d like to thank everyone who has attended the Mondays in March sessions or viewed remotely. The annual sessions provide an opportunity for you to hear from UTMB executive leaders about plans and progress in the Academic Enterprise, the Health System, and Business and Finance. This year’s series concludes on March 26 with a panel discussion among the executive vice presidents and myself. If you aren’t able to attend, each session will be posted to the Mondays In March website at

As graduation season nears, this edition of Impact includes a “Day in the Life” of one of our graduate students, Elizabeth Jaworski. Not only is she working toward a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, she also is passing on her love for science to local high school students. Jaworski has been a mentor with the Bench Tutorials Program for the last three years, helping young students discover their passion as they conduct real research in a UTMB lab.

Other stories in the March issue include:

  • A profile of Vivian Kardow, vice president of Human Resources and Employee Services
  • A Best Care in Action segment highlighting UTMB’s Lab Stewardship Program
  • How the extension of the 1115 Medicaid Waiver will impact UTMB and patients across Texas
  • A research study that has found near-infrared light may be the key to stopping the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Six myths about colonoscopies by Dr. Praveen Guturu, gastroenterologist and assistant professor of Internal Medicine
  • A fun history “UTMB Trivia” question to test your knowledge and enter your name for a chance to win a UTMB swag bag
  • Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter

I hope you enjoy reading this issue. If you have any story suggestions for future editions, please let the Impact team know.

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President