I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alex Vo has returned to UTMB to serve in the new role of vice president for telemedicine and health services technology. Dr. Vo’s expertise in telemedicine and health services technology will be vital to our efforts to develop innovative care delivery models in an ever evolving health care landscape.
In his new role, Dr. Vo will direct UTMB’s efforts to research, develop and implement health care innovation in both the Academic Enterprise and Health System. He will coordinate all telemedicine-related research and will work with our Health Policy and Legislative Affairs team to develop telehealth policy and support our legislative agenda in these areas. He will report to me, but work directly with Dr. Danny Jacobs and Ms. Donna Sollenberger to manage our telemedicine strategy.
This work holds tremendous promise in helping us increase access to quality health care, coordinate care among providers, mitigate increasing health care costs, address work force shortages, and ensure quality service and safety for those we serve. It also will provide opportunities for UTMB to develop important strategic partnerships to advance our mission.
Dr. Vo comes to us from Colorado Access, where he was chief executive officer of AccessCare Technology LCC and AccessCare Services LCC, as well as vice president of electronically mediated services. He previously served UTMB as executive director of the Center for Telehealth Research and Policy and associate professor of preventive medicine and community health. He is widely published on the topic of telemedicine, and he is a member of the American Telemedicine Association. He currently serves on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Telemedicine/Telehealth Advisory Committee and on the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council Technology Subcommittee.
Dr. Vo holds BS and MA degrees in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, as well as a PhD in psychology from the University of Denver. He completed a medical research fellowship at Walter Reed Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2004.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Vo to his new role. Thank you.
Dr. David L. Callender