Amar Yousif, MBA, associate vice president of information technology security and chief information security officer, has been named vice president for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), effective June 1, 2019.
Since his arrival in 2007, Yousif’s role with UTHealth has focused on leading information security strategy, governance, risk, compliance, and operations. He grew the department in size, capabilities, and maturity to support UTHealth’s growth over the last decade and to respond to escalating public and regulatory demands for robust and transparent security and compliance functions.
Yousif brings diverse experience in every area of IT. He successfully managed various IT functions during his 22-year career in industries such as finance, manufacturing, and oil and gas before he moved to health care and higher education.
Yousif graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2013, holds an advanced computer security certificate from Stanford University, and has been a member of the Houston community since 2001.
In his new role, Yousif will continue to work with clinical, educational, research, business, and IT leaders across UTHealth to formulate a unifying IT vision and strategy aligned with UTHealth’s overarching missions. He will advise senior leadership and be responsible for all aspects of our IT enterprise administratively and operationally.