About the President

Office of the President

Dr. David Callender
Dr. David L. Callender MD, MBA, FACS

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 led UTMB’s recovery from Hurricane Ike, which caused more than $1 billion in damage to the university’s Galveston campus in 2008. UTMB Health’s unprecedented reconstruction and revitalization effort has resulted in resilient facilities and infrastructure to support the university’s mission well into the future.

During Dr. Callender’s tenure thus far, enrollment in UTMB Health’s four schools has increased more than 38 percent (2008-2016) and construction has begun on a new Health Education Center to support interprofessional training. The university opened the Galveston National Laboratory and is expanding research support facilities. UTMB welcomed the Angleton Danbury Campus in 2014 and, in 2016, opened two new hospitals in Galveston and League City. Outpatient clinics are being expanded in rapidly growing areas of the region. In addition, Dr. Callender 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.

Contact Information

Office of the President
(409) 772-1902 
(409) 772-5064 fax

Suite 6.100 Administration Bldg.
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0129

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