The University of Texas System: Innovations in Medical Education






Susan M. Cox, M.D.

Associate Dean for Professional Education


Jennifer A. Cuthbert, M.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education


Robert E. Beach, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs & Director, Office of Educational Development


Steven A. Lieberman, M.D.

Associate Dean for Educational Affairs


L. Maximilian Buja, M.D.

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


Patricia M. Butler, M.D.

Associate Dean for Educational Programs


Gary C. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Educational Programs


Nan Clare, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Richard P. Usatine, M.D.

Vice Chair for Education


Stephen P. Tomasovic, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

UT System

Janet Cole

Administrative Coordinator, Office of Health Affairs




L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., has been appointed Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston effective July 7, 2003.


Prior to this appointment, Dr. Buja served as Dean of the Medical School from April 1996 to July 2003. He joined the faculty at UTHSC-H in 1989 after 15 years on the faculty in the Department of Pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Buja served as chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UT-Houston from 1989 until April 1996. He holds the Distinguished Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences at UT-Houston. In 2000, Dr. Buja was appointed Chief of Cardiovascular Pathology at the Texas Heart Institute. He was appointed Consultant in Cardiovascular Pathology at the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office and Joseph A. Jachimczyk Forensic Center in 2001.


Dr. Buja earned a B.S. degree in biology, graduating magna cum laude from Loyola University of the South, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1964. In 1967, he earned a M.D. degree with honors from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and in 1968 he received a M.S. degree in anatomy from Tulane's graduate school. He was certified in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology in 1972 and recertified in 1997.


Dr. Buja is a member of numerous scientific societies and serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. He was named Honorary Member of the Italian Study Group for Cardiovascular Pathology in September 1996. In April 1997, he received the Harlan J. Spjut Award presented by the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Buja was elected to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997, and he received the Award of Merit from the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology in 1998. In 2001, Dr. Buja was selected as a Founding Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.


Dr. Buja is a physician-scientist who continues to participate in teaching and medical practice. He is internationally recognized for his research in cardiovascular pathology, with particular interests in the pathobiology of cardiomyocyte injury as well as the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathies. Dr. Buja is an author of over 260 research articles, 177 book chapters and editorials, 26 review articles, and two books in his scientific field.


Married to the former Donna Steele Kinney, the Buja's have three children, Maximilian, Evan and Gregory.


Kenneth I. Shine, MD joined The University of Texas System as Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs on November 24, 2003. In that capacity he is responsible for the six UT System health institutions and their aggregate operating budget of almost $5 billion.


Shine, former President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), was the founding Director of the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security, where he led the Center's efforts to make health a central component of U.S. foreign policy and guide the Center's evolving research agenda. Dr. Shine brings to this new role decades-long experience working with international health experts on global issues such as emerging infectious illnesses, bioethics, and access to care.


Under Dr. Shine's leadership, the IOM played an important and visible role in addressing key issues in medicine and healthcare. IOM reports on quality of care and patient safety heightened national awareness of these issues. IOM researchers led studies on nutrition, food safety, and child development, and examined availability and side effects of vaccines.


Dr. Shine also focused attention on meeting the healthcare needs of all Americans: he organized symposia to underscore the importance of cultural sensitivity in healthcare and supported programs to increase immunization rates, decrease use of tobacco among adolescents, and improve care of the dying. He emphasized communication of scientific findings and recommendations. Under his guidance, IOM staff developed CDs, videotapes, guidelines for community-based research, and publications for researchers and practitioners, policymakers, and the public.


Dr. Shine is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. A cardiologist and physiologist, he received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1961. Before becoming president of the IOM, he was Dean and Provost for Medical Sciences at UCLA.


Dr. Shine is a member of many honorary and academic societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1988. He served as Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1991-1992, and was President of the American Heart Association from 1985-1986.