Texas A&M is set to name a new interim Executive Vice President for the Health Science Center. As of October 1st, 2013, Brett P. Giroir, M.D will be nominated by Chancellor John Sharp at the next regularly scheduled meeting of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Brett P. Giroir, M.D., will assume the role of interim executive vice president for Texas A&M Health Science Center, effective Oct. 1, 2013, and will be nominated by Chancellor John Sharp to become the interim CEO for the health science center .
R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., president of the Texas A&M University, recently commented on the decision: “Dr. Giroir brings a wealth of experience that spans health care, biomedical sciences and academia, which ideally positions him to serve as a visionary leader for our health science center,” adding that, “Since its establishment in 1999, Texas A&M Health Science Center has matured into a statewide, comprehensive health-related institution that, with Dr. Giroir at the helm, is set to enter its next great chapter.”
Dr. Giroir brings a great deal of expertise and reputation to his new post: he is an internationally recognized researcher who also has extensive experience as a physician as well, giving him a wide-ranging perspective on his research, particularly in his research fields of life-threatening infectious diseases. Dr. Giroir joined Texas A&M in 2008, and since that time, has rapidly progressed in his leadership role at the university, having recently served as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives. Dr. Giroir realized major successes in this role, such as “. . . leading the Texas A&M team that garnered the largest and most highly funded national award of a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM), with a potential contract value of approximately $3 billion over a 25-year span. One of only three such centers across the United States, the CIADM is a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases and other threats,” according to a TAMU press release.
Giroir’s recent comments reflect his passion for taking on new challenges and leadership roles within the sphere of life sciences research:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the A&M System for the past five years. As I embark on this new opportunity with the health science center, I look forward to focusing more intensely on my passion for improving patient care and public health. Texas A&M Health Science Center is poised to become an international leader in patient-centered health care and medical research, and I am committed to serving the faculty, students and staff to attain our shared vision for our institution.”
In addition to this new role, Dr. Giroir currently functions in several other key professorial appointments at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Prior to his time at TAMU,Giroir also served as a tenured professor, endowed chair holder, and associate dean at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and has contributed to helping to elevate the Texas biotech and life sciences community throughout a substantial portion of his professional career.
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