The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston announced that Timothy Harlin will become executive vice president and chief executive officer of the UTMB Health System, leading a health care workforce that encompasses four campuses and a health system that provides a full range of primary and specialized medical services throughout Southeast Texas.
Harlin will work with the health system’s current leader, Donna Sollenberger, beginning July 15 until her retirement Aug. 31.
“Dr. Harlin has an extensive background in helping complex health care organizations reach their potential in terms of patient experience, clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and growth, and financial stability,” said Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB.  “He is a collaborative leader who values the strength of teams, and I am confident he will effectively guide and advance our Health System—and our university—in a rapidly evolving environment.”
“This is an exciting—and bittersweet—time for UTMB and our Health System,” Callender said. “We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have Donna Sollenberger at the helm for the past decade, and it is difficult to contemplate the departure of such an iconic leader not only at UTMB, but in the national health care arena as well.”
Harlin currently serves as chief operating and acceleration officer at Denver Health and Hospital Authority in Colorado—an academic integrated health system that includes a 555-bed acute care hospital, nine Federally Qualified Health Centers, a health plan, emergency medical services, the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center and correctional care services.
Denver Health employs more than 7,000 people and trains about 1,000 residents and fellows across 16 Graduate Medical Education programs affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  The organization also supports 147 principal investigators and last year secured nearly $60 million in grants.
Prior to Denver Health, Harlin served as chief operating officer at Hennepin Health System in Minneapolis, CEO at Randolph Medical Center in Roanoke, Alabama, and a health care consultant.

Harlin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Emory University and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.