UTHSCT names Woelkers to new position of executive director of academic affairs

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Joseph Woelkers has been named to the new position of executive director of Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Woelkers comes to UTHSCT from the National Childhood Cancer Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., where he was executive director and chief executive officer.

The foundation supports more than 9,000 researchers around the world who are conducting research to find better treatments for childhood cancers.

Woelkers has more than 20 years of academic medicine experience, including senior leadership positions at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and the University of Florida.

“With Joe Woelkers we have someone with exceptional planning and leadership skills and a long track record of success in implementing programs in an academic setting,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

“I am very confident that he will do an excellent job of expanding opportunities at the Health Science Center in education, research, and public health,” he added.

Woelkers has held faculty positions at the College of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

In his new position, he will be responsible for establishing a Division of Academic Affairs and for the day-to-day operations of UTHSCT educational programs.

He will also be in charge of the Office of Technology Transfer and will also lead a number of public health initiatives at UTHSCT.

Woelkers has a master’s degree in higher education administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich. He is currently enrolled as a doctorate candidate in health administration at Central Michigan University.

In addition, he has completed two certificate programs focused on health care policy and administration at the Harvard School of Public Health at Harvard University.

At UTHSCT, Woelkers plans to conduct his own research into health disparities in cancer care.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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