Richard J. Andrassy, M.D.
Executive Dean ad interim, McGovern Medical School
Executive Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs
Denton A. Cooley, M.D. Chair in Surgery
Jack H. Mayfield Distinguished University Chair Professor and Chairman – Department of Surgery
Ruiz Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology
Interim Chairman - Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Dr. Andrassy graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed a residency in general and vascular surgery at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, as well as an additional fellowship in surgical oncology. After completing his training, he was stationed at Keesler U.S. Air Force Medical Center and was Chief of General and Pediatric Surgery and the Director of the residency program. In 1983, he accepted a position as Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. In July 1985, he became the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In August 1994, he became Chairman of the Department of Surgery at that institution and remained Chief of Pediatric Surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In April 2003, Dr. Andrassy was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Operations. In October 2003, he was appointed Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs and then in May 2014, he was appointed Executive Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs. In June 2020, Dr. Andrassy was appointed Executive Dean, ad interim of McGovern Medical School.
Dr. Andrassy is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Society, the Southern Surgical Society, the American College of Surgeons, and numerous other professional societies. Dr. Andrassy is on the Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons and is also on the Committee on Diversity for the American College of Surgeons. He is past-President of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and past Chairman of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Board of the Norman Charitable Foundation. Dr. Andrassy has published over 350 manuscripts and chapters, has edited several books, and has published over 300 abstracts. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and has been a reviewer or board member of several other prestigious journals. Dr. Andrassy is board certified and recertified by the American Board of Surgery with special certification in Pediatric Surgery and has also been a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and the American College of Physician Executives. His main outside interest include golf, reading, skiing, and water sports. He is married to a plastic surgeon, Dr. Mary Shinn, and has three daughters and five grandchildren. In addition, he has five dogs and three cats!