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Texas, which ranks among the worst states in the nation for health care coverage, faces a growing crisis. In Houston, traditionally underserved communities suffer the brunt of this inequity, and this situation will surely intensify without direct intervention. The University of Houston is in a unique position to help address this problem by developing a medical college that will both expand treatment capacity and serve as a statewide model for improved community care. It is a bold objective, but one that must be undertaken.

Mission

The UH College of Medicine will be accountable for improving the overall health and healthcare of the population of not only Greater Houston but also other urban and rural areas of Texas that face significant doctor shortages by:

  • Educating a diverse group of physicians who will provide compassionate, high value (high quality at reasonable cost) care to patients, families and communities, with a focus on primary care and other needed physician specialties, such as psychiatry and general surgery.
  • Conducting interdisciplinary research to find innovative solutions to problems in health and healthcare.
  • Providing integrated, evidence-based, high value care delivered to patients by inter-professional teams.
  • Engaging, collaborating with, and empowering patient populations and community partners to improve their health and healthcare.

Internal Advisory Committee

  • Stephen J. Spann, M.D., M.B.A. - Planning Dean, University of Houston College of Medicine.
  • Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, Ph.D. - Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering.
  • Stuart E Dryer, Ph.D. - Professor and Chair, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
  • Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D. - Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Chair, Department of Psychology.
  • Lynn M. Maher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • William Monroe, Ph.D. - Professor of English, O’Connor Abendshein Professor, and Dean, The Honors College.
  • Dan O’Connor, Ph.D. - Professor of Health and Human Performance and Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance.
  • F. Lamar Pritchard, Ph.D. - Dean, College of Pharmacy.
  • Jessica Roberts, J.D. - Director, Health Law and Policy Institute, and Associate Professor of Law.
  • Earl L. Smith III, O.D., Ph.D. - Greeman-Petty Professor and Dean, College of Optometry.
  • Nathan G. Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences, Counseling Psychology Program, College of Education.
  • Kathryn Tart, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N. - Professor and Founding Dean, School of Nursing.
  • Luis Torres, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Graduate College of Social Work.
  • George Zouridakis, Ph.D. - Founding Director, Biomedical Imaging Lab, and Professor, Engineering Technology, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

External Advisors

  • Arthur (Tim) Garson, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.C. - Director, Health Policy Institute, Texas Medical Center, and Professor of Management, Policy and Community Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, Former Dean, University of Virginia Medical School, and former Provost, University of Virginia
  • Gilbert Herrera - Herrera Partners; former Board Chair, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; former Board Member, Christus Health System
  • Alfred Louis, M.D., M.B.A. - Family physician in private practice in Houston
  • John Mendelsohn, M.D. - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, CEO Emeritus, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Clive Fields, M.D. - Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, VillageMD 

Medical Education Committee

CO-CHAIRS:

  • Paula Myrick Short, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH
  • Stephen J. Spann, Planning Dean, University of Houston College of Medicine

  • Muayyad Al-Ubaidi, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Anderson-Fletcher, Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management, Department of Decision and Information Sciences, C. T. Bauer College of Business
  • Raymond Bartlett, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Associate Vice President for Finance, Division of Administration and Finance
  • Mark Clarke, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs, Division of Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth Coyle, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research, College of Pharmacy
  • Linda Davis, Director, Educational Technology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, UH
  • Stuart E. Dryer, John and Rebecca Moores Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Jack M. Fletcher, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dennis Fouty, Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO - University of Houston System; Associate Vice President and CIO - University of Houston, Division of Administration and Finance
  • Lisa German, Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at the University of Houston Libraries
  • Scott Gilbertson, MD Anderson Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Erika Henderson, Assistant Provost, Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity, Division of Academic Affairs
  • Nick Holdeman, Professor and Associate Dean, Clinical Education, College of Optometry
  • Bruce Jones, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Office of the Provost
  • Jami Kovach, Associate Professor, Department of Information and Logistics Technology, College of Technology
  • Mimi Lee, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
  • Sandra Lee, RN-BSN Track Manager and Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing
  • Lynn Maher, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Daniel M. Maxwell, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Division of Student Affairs
  • William Monroe, Dean, Honors College, Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Ricardo Nuila, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Honors College, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Daniel O’Connor, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • David Oliver, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice President, Facilities and Construction Management, Division of Administration and Finance
  • Daniel Price, Clinical Assistant Professor, Honors College
  • F. Lamar Pritchard, Dean, College of Pharmacy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy
  • Miguel Ramos, Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Accreditation, Institutional Planning and Analysis, Division of Academic Affairs
  • Kathleen Reeve, Associate Dean, Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program, Clinical Professor, College of Nursing
  • Jessica Roberts, Associate Professor, George Butler Research Professor of Law, Director, Health Law and Policy Institute, Law Center
  • McClain Sampson, Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Social Work
  • Amy K. Sater, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Jonathan P. Schwartz, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Education
  • Nathan Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Learning Sciences, College of Education
  • Earl L Smith III, Dean, College of Optometry; Greeman-Petty Professor
  • Kathryn Tart, Dean, College of Nursing; Professor
  • Vanessa Tilney, Executive Director and Chief Physician, Student Health Center, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
  • Luis Torres, Associate Professor, Graduate College of Social Work, Associate Director, UH Center for Drug and Social Policy Research
  • Richard Walker, Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Division of Student Affairs
  • Dan Wells, Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry
  • George Zouridakis, Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology