Dr. David L. Callender has served as President of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) since 2007. He is a head and neck surgeon with expertise in head and neck cancers.
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. Callender received his medical degree from and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He served an oncology fellowship with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also completed an MBA at the University of Houston. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Before assuming the presidency of UTMB Health, Dr. Callender served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer for the UCLA Hospital System from 2004 to 2007. He had previously served in several leadership roles at M.D. Anderson, culminating in his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2004.
Under his leadership, UTMB Health has advanced significantly in all three of its mission areas: training tomorrow’s health care workforce; developing new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat illness through world-class research; and improving access to quality, evidence-based health care for the people of Texas and beyond.
Dr. Callender is credited with leading UTMB’s recovery from Hurricane Ike, which caused more than $1 billion in damage to the university’s Galveston campus. Since the 2008 storm, UTMB Health has undertaken an unprecedented reconstruction and revitalization effort that is resulting in resilient facilities and infrastructure to support the university’s mission well into the future. He presided over the opening of the Galveston
National Laboratory, as well as ongoing construction of new hospitals on UTMB Health campuses in Galveston and League City, the addition of an Angleton Danbury campus, and expansion of outpatient clinics in rapidly growing areas of the region. He has transformed the university’s strategic planning process to ensure the needed flexibility to adapt to changes in health care. UTMB Health has seen growing financial stability since 2009.
Dr. Callender and his wife, Tonya, reside in Galveston. They have three children.
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