Austin Business Journal (Internet / Print) 07/18/06 The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine today announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Shomaker as dean of its Austin programs. Shomaker will seek to expand and further strengthen the university's collaborative teaching, research, and clinical programs in Austin, says UTMB School of Medicine Dean Dr. Valerie Parisi. "I am confident Dr. Shomaker will be an innovative leader who will help ensure the vitality and growth of the Austin programs and forge even stronger alliances among the Seton Healthcare Network, the University of Texas at Austin, UT System, the Travis County Medical Society and Hospital District, UTMB, and the greater Austin community," she says. (This announcement has appeared throughout the Bizjournals network.)