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Defining the Future

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David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS, President, UTMB Health These continue to be exciting times for UTMB, and the FY2013 edition of The Road Ahead positions the university to make the most of its revitalization and to best address the transformation taking place in health sciences education, research and patient care.

The institutional plan is a three-year strategic view that incorporates external factors such as the economy, the marketplace, changing demographics, regulations and the national emphasis on quality and productivity among academic health centers. To meet the challenges of this dynamic environment, UTMB has created an ongoing process for developing, implementing and adapting our plans. This agility is one of the reasons UTMB has been and will continue to be successful.

Our strategic vision is closely aligned with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s Framework for the Future, thus ensuring that our efforts build on the strength and support of The University of Texas System as we join them to improve education, research, health care and the economic vitality in our state.

Those familiar with the FY2012 edition of The Road Ahead will see that changes to the goals themselves have been minimal. Adjustments have been made as appropriate to reflect progress to date, but the overall plan is still strong. Our focus for the coming year will be determining how best to balance our strategic priorities and limited resources. Greater collaboration and integration of planning efforts among mission areas is essential to our ability to make sound decisions and achieve our goals. We will work this year to ensure that all mission areas have a well-defined process for ensuring that priorities are clear and that they complement the efforts of others.

We will use The Road Ahead to maintain our focus on our priorities, guide our action plans and measure our success as we define our opportunities for the future. Each faculty and staff member plays a critical role in our journey, and our leadership team looks forward to working with all of you to bring our vision to life.


David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS
President, UTMB Health



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