The Texas Medical Center has signaled a forthcoming changeover in the upper eschelons of the organization, revealing that Dr. Robert "Bobby" Robbins will take over as president and CEO effective Nov. 5.
Robbins will succeed Dr. Richard Wainerdi, who has helmed the center for more than 25 years. Wainerdi will take on the title of TMC president emeritus when he retires on Jan. 1, 2013.
This follows the recent retirement of Robert Scott, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the center, whose position was taken over by Michelle Mahfouz.
A presidential search committee selected Robbins, a candidate with an impressive resume and a reputation as "one of the world's most respected cardiothoracic surgeons," from an initial pool of 24. He currently serves as professor and chairman of Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.
In his position, Robbins will oversee the largest medical complex in the world, with 52 member institutions with a combined 92,500 employees and an overall budget of $14 billion.