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Our Campaign Impact Areas

As we considered our areas of expertise and unique capabilities in a broader context, three specific, urgent priorities emerged where we can—and will—make a significant impact.

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  • Since 2010, Houston has grown by more than one million people. To take care of those who become critically ill and to respond to the urgent and complex health conditions of a growing population, we are combining life-changing research, well-timed preventative care, and impactful community outreach with training future health care professionals to continue carrying this work forward.

    Bela Patel, MD

    Graham Distinguished University Chair

    Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

    Director, Division of Critical Care Medicine

    Vice Dean of Healthcare Quality

    McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Bela Patel, MD
  • "With the depth and breadth of expertise, we are well-positioned to lead behavioral health care in Houston and across the state. Our patient-centered programs are designed to break down barriers and provide a continuum of care to help individuals and their families overcome behavioral disorders. At the same time, we are conducting research to better understand underlying mechanisms and develop more effective treatments."

    Jair C. Soares, MD, PhD

    Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry

    Professor and Chair, Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Executive Director, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center

    McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Jair C. Soares, MD, PhD
  • "Addressing the nationwide nursing shortage will take a comprehensive approach, and there is no better place to do this than at Cizik School of Nursing. Our curriculum helps students become confident nurses while also equipping them with the skills to manage stress and burnout. I’m proud to say that we have more nurse graduates than any other Texas institution, most of whom stay in the state to care for our communities."

    Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, RN

    Dean

    The Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair

    Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership

    Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth

    Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, RN