The University of Texas Medical School at Houston The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
November 16, 2007 | from the Office of Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo

Distributed on Fridays via e-mail to all Medical School employees, students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, UT 2 Me is Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo's weekly update of news and items of interest. He also welcomes feedback through this two-way communication.

With the season of Thanksgiving upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the things I am grateful for since becoming dean Sept. 1.

  • First, I am thankful for your support. I am glad to have met so many of you in person and look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

  • For our new chairs in Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Dr. John Hancock, and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Martin Citardi, who will be announced officially in the next issue of Scoop. The best investment we can make as a Medical School is in our department chairs, and I am happy to report that half of our recruitments for our chair vacancies have been completed.

  • For a strong group practice plan, which means that at the end of the year, each department helps each other out financially and as a result, we balance the books. A group practice also means we work together as a team – doing what is best for the school as a whole.  I am very pleased that we are projecting positive revenues for the practice plan, and that we focus on putting patients first. We will make our UT Physician clinics the best facility in the city.

  • For the feedback and input you have given on many important issues and challenges facing the Medical School. Open communication, especially from the chairs, has been wonderful, and I appreciate everyone’s willingness to share information and constructive comments.

  • For strengthening partnerships with our affiliated institutions, Memorial Hermann and the Harris County Hospital District.

  • For a robust research program that has grown amazingly well during an era of belt-tightening at the national level.

  • For a diverse and involved student body whose enthusiasm is contagious.

  • For reinvigorated development and communication efforts.

  • For the faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics for helping me in this dual role – I could not have done it without them.

  • For the people in the Dean’s Office for “holding my hand(s)” in this new position.

  • For Dr. Willerson for the honor and the opportunity to serve/lead the mission of this wonderful Medical School.

  • And, of course, for you – the faculty, staff, residents, postdocs, and students who make the school what it is and what it will become.

Please enjoy your Thanksgiving and have a safe and happy holiday. UT 2 Me will resume Nov. 30.

Have a great weekend,


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