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Medical Center shakeup: "Humble pediatrician" from Italy to be the new UTHealthpresident
More changes are in store for the Texas Medical Center. The University of Texas System Board of Regents named a sole finalist for the presidency of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston â€” a candidate that was right under their noses.
Dr. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo first moved to Texas in 1988, intending to fulfill his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and then return to Italy. He joined the faculty of the UTHSC-Houston Medical School in 1995, became chair of the pediatrics division in 2005, ascended dean of the school in 2007 and stepped in as UTHealth interim president after Dr. Larry Kaiser left in April 2011.
"When they say, 'Should I call you President or dean?' I say, 'I'm still a humble pediatrician. Call me Giuseppe.' "
In an interview with CultureMap last year, Colasurdo explained his ideas for handling the barrage of challenges he faced in the presidency, with budgetary shortfalls in the Texas legislature, the implementation of new federal health care laws and a growing need for more medical practitioners to meet the state's widening population.
"I accepted the (interim presidency) for 12 months and I will complete it and then go back into my dean job that I actually do every day anyway," Colasurdo told CultureMap. "When they say, 'Should I call you President or dean?' I say, 'I'm still a humble pediatrician. Call me Giuseppe.' "
"Dr. Colasurdo is a remarkable clinician and educator and we are confident he is the right choice to lead the UT Health Science Center â€“ Houston to even greater levels of teaching, research and medical care," Regents' Chairman Gene Powell said in a statement.
The university governing board must name finalists at least 21 days before making an appointment. The wait is largely a legal formality before Colasurdo is officially named president.