Janet H. Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD
Dr. Southerland is the Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness and Health Education Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Southerland has spent more than 26 years in academia
in roles including Dean, Chair, Division Chief and Senior Chief Executive Officer.
In her role as the VP of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness and Health Education Center, Dr. Southerland oversees UTMB’s brand new Health Education Center (HEC). Opened its doors in June 2019, the center features 160,000 square
feet of education space designed to prepare trainees to work in teams. The HEC features a standardized patient and simulation center for students in all health science disciplines, as well as classroom space, conference rooms, educational space and
administrative space to accommodate the planned growth of UTMB’s educational programs for the next 15 years.
In addition to her leadership, Dr. Southerland is an experienced researcher and educator. She has a broad background with training in oral medicine, special needs dentistry and oral and systemic disease with a specific focus on diabetes and periodontal
disease. In addition, Dr. Southerland has conducted studies involving other disorders such as HIV, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Oral Cancer. She has been involved in community-based research projects as well as longitudinal, cohort and cross-sectional
studies and survey data collection.
Many of her collaborators hail from diverse backgrounds that include basic scientists, physicians, behavioral scientists, and community collaborators. As Principle Investigator or co-Investigator on NIH and other funded grants, she has laid the groundwork
for serving in the role of mentor and collaborator on many research projects/programs by developing effective connections and partnerships with colleagues at other academic institutions nationally.