David L. Callender, a 1980 Midwestern State University
graduate, was recently named the new president and chief executive officer of
the Memorial Hermann Health System.
Callender, a head and neck surgeon from Wichita Falls, has
significant experience leading academic health systems and has been a longtime
leader in Texas Medical Center institutions. He has served as president of the
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) since 2007 and led that campus
through a transformative recovery over the last decade following Hurricane Ike.
His new appointment is effective Sept. 1, according to a Texas Medical Center
Callender will succeed the retiring Charles “Chuck” D.
Stokes, who has served as Memorial Hermann’s president and CEO since June 2017.
“Dr. Callender is a natural choice for this role given his
exceptional track record in the Greater Houston region expanding access to care
and advancing groundbreaking research to help people get healthy and stay
healthy,” Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon said in a statement.
“It’s clear that Dr. Callender cares deeply for this community and, through his
leadership at UTMB Health, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to
foster a healthier environment for all. We are thrilled to welcome a leader who
will preserve and strengthen Memorial Hermann’s legacy of serving Greater
Houston with pride and distinction, making him the ideal successor to Chuck,
whose leadership has been instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann thrive and
flourish during an era of change in the healthcare industry.”
Callender received his medical degree from Baylor College of
Medicine in Houston, where he also completed his residency. He finished an
oncology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center,
received an MBA at the University of Houston and is a fellow of the American
College of Surgeons. Callender served as UCLA Health’s associate vice
chancellor and CEO from 2004 to 2007. He previously served in several
leadership roles during more than 20 years with MD Anderson. He culminated his
tenure there as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“Memorial Hermann, together with its physician partners, is
doing great work to make health care more affordable and more accessible for
the residents of Greater Houston,” Callender said in a news release. “I have
been inspired by Memorial Hermann’s efforts to bring value-based, more
personalized care to our communities, and I’m excited and honored to now help
lead the way as we work to extend those efforts by delivering exceptional
patient experiences and improving outcomes for all.”
After Hurricane Ike caused more than $1 billion in damage to
the university’s Galveston campus in 2008, Callender led UTMB’s unprecedented
reconstruction and revitalization effort which resulted in building a more
resilient infrastructure that can support the university’s mission well into
the future, the news release said.
Callender was the featured commencement speaker for the
Spring 2007 MSU graduation ceremony. He was selected as a Distinguished Alumni
honoree for MSU in 2005 for the College of Science & Mathematics.
"As I near retirement, I'm pleased to hand over the
reins to Dr. Callender, a trusted and experienced healthcare leader with a
passion for creating healthier communities. I believe Dr. Callender is the
right person to help guide Memorial Hermann into the future,” Stokes said to