January 16, 2017
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the United States, and among other things, that means many of you have the day off from school or work. As you relax and recharge, I hope you’ll also set aside some time to reflect on Dr. King’s life – his words as well as his deeds – and its relevance to your own.
Like most people, I’ve listened to the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech many times, and in particular, I am always moved by the passage:
December 19, 2016
This weekend Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, died at the age of 96. He served in the Navy during WWII and later became a thoracic surgeon in New York City. He developed the life saving method in 1974. Initially there was tremendous skepticism about the maneuver, but in time the procedure became accepted around the world as the safest means for helping someone who was choking.
December 15, 2016
One of my favorite things about the UT System is that with fourteen institutions, we have a whole bunch of “hometowns.” But nowhere are we more enmeshed in the life of a community than in Tyler – and in fact, the entire Northeast Texas region. Just this week, UT Tyler will send a fresh batch of graduates into the world to do great things. And of course, for more than 70 years, UT Health Northeast has been a critically important piece of the region’s medical ecosystem.
Nobody knows their neighbors and their needs better.
December 2, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of attending UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Faculty Honors Convocation – an event honoring a select group of researchers, clinicians, and teachers chosen by the MD Anderson faculty.
There really is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers. And not just any peers – some of the greatest doctors, the most brilliant scientists in the world singled this handful of people out, calling them exceptional.
November 21, 2016
As many of you know, Dr. Denton Cooley, founder and president of the Texas Heart Institute and 1941 graduate of UT Austin, passed away last Friday. Widely considered the world’s greatest heart surgeon, Dr. Cooley changed the world of medicine forever, pioneering techniques that are common today, but were revolutionary in the 1960s.