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Senior Vice President Updates
from Dr. Byington

July 2019: A message from Carrie L. Byington, MD

HSC Community,

Yesterday, President Young announced my departure from Texas A&M. The University of California System Board of Regents has approved me to serve as their next executive vice president of UC Health, which includes 18 health professional schools, six academic health centers, and more than 14,000 students on seven campuses.

As a former student and member of the Aggie family, Texas A&M will always hold a special place in my heart. I am grateful to all the faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners, communities and supporters I’ve had the privilege of working with along the way and so proud of the tremendous amount of work we’ve been able to accomplish over the past few years.

We have elevated three strategic program development areas: improving rural population health through innovative care delivery, providing care to active duty military and veterans, and collaborating with engineering to develop and implement new innovations to support health care in the 21st century. During this time, the institution delivered growth and integration across the health sciences, from the launch of the Global Institute for Hispanic Health in collaboration with Driscoll Children’s Hospital, to a strengthened partnership with CHI St. Joseph Health that established a co-branded primary care network aimed at improving access to health care for the Brazos Valley community, while also training future clinicians.

We’ve expanded military partnerships with military service academies, Fort Hood Darnall Army Medical Center, and the U.S. Air Force 59th Medical Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and formed an interprofessional Opioid Task Force to reduce burdens from the opioid epidemic through collaborative action. We’re expanding our research footprint through the innovative TMC3 initiative and, in collaboration with the Texas A&M College of Engineering and Houston Methodist Hospital, launched EnMed, Texas A&M’s innovative engineering medicine track that became the nation’s first fully-integrated engineering and medical education program to gain accreditation.

There are so many of you doing remarkable things every day, and I am humbled by the opportunity to have worked alongside so many talented and passionate health care professionals and aspiring providers. I look forward to the health care transformations yet to come from this great university and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

With gratitude,
Carrie L. Byington ’85, MD