About the President


David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas



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.

Under his leadership, UTMB Health is advancing significantly in all three of its mission areas: education, healthcare and research. Enrollment in UTMB’s schools of medicine, nursing, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences has increased about 40 percent since 2008.

UTMB’s clinical enterprise is growing dynamically to meet regional health care needs, with the acquisition of a 64-bed community hospital in Angleton, Texas in 2014, the addition of a new 39-bed inpatient facility in League City, Texas in 2015, and the opening of a new $438 million hospital on the Galveston campus in early 2016.

UTMB’s research component continues to emerge as a nationally- and internationally- recognized contributor to investigative breakthroughs and therapeutic developments. In 2014, the university’s expertise in infectious diseases prominently positioned UTMB in the world-wide response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.

UTMB Health has experienced growing financial stability since 2009, despite $1 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Ike in late 2008. Dr. Callender oversaw UTMB Health’s recovery from Hurricane Ike, directing an unparalleled effort to harden and improve facilities and infrastructure to support the university’s ambitious plans for the future.

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 Cancer Center, culminating in his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2004.

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. Callender received his medical degree from and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He subsequently completed a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at M.D. Anderson. He also completed an MBA at the University of Houston. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Callender and his wife, Tonya, reside in Galveston. They have three children.