Joe Woelkers named executive VP and chief of staff at UTHSCT
Friday, March 18, 2011Joe Woelkers has been named executive vice president and chief of staff of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.
In this new position, he will be responsible for strategic and business planning, as well as the organization and leadership of administrative and academic efforts at UTHSCT.
“We are very pleased that Joe brings such a wealth of academic medical experience to our campus, which will help us as we strategically position ourselves for the future,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.
Before joining UT Health Science Center 14 months ago as executive director of Academic Affairs, he was executive director and chief executive officer of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation in Arcadia, Calif.
Woelkers also has 25 years of experience in academic medicine, 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.
In addition to his administrative position at UTHSCT, Woelkers currently is an associate professor of internal medicine.
For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler 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 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 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.