Ray Greenberg, UT System executive vice chancellor for health affairs, to step down

Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized academic health leader who has served as The University of Texas System’s top health executive for the past five years, is stepping down from his leadership post, Chancellor James B. Milliken announced Monday.

Greenberg will step down March 1 as the executive vice chancellor for health affairs, which provides administrative oversight and strategic guidance to UT health institutions. Milliken said he will begin a search soon for Greenberg’s successor.

“During his time at the UT System, Dr. Greenberg has provided extraordinary leadership and strategic guidance to the six health institutions and medical schools,” Milliken said. “His expertise, depth of knowledge and highly effective management style have contributed significantly to the UT System’s continuously growing role as a national leader in health education, research and clinical care.”

UT System health institutions form one of the largest networks of health academic institutions in the country with an aggregate operating budget of more than $12 billion.

During his tenure, Greenberg oversaw the establishment of system-wide clinical data and telemedicine initiatives; development of an enhanced partnership with the state in support of mental health hospitals; creation of a health care advisory committee; and supported partnerships with multiple hospital systems to enhance patient care. Greenberg also led the effort to recruit UT MD Anderson President Peter Pisters.

"Working with the six University of Texas health-related institutions and their dynamic presidents has been an honor and a privilege,” Greenberg said. “It has been inspiring for me to see firsthand their dedication to the people of Texas.”

Before coming to the UT System, Greenberg served for 13 years as president of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) – the state’s preeminent, research-intensive academic health institution. Prior to that, he served for five years as vice president for academic affairs and provost of MUSC.

Nationally recognized for his research on cancer, Greenberg received his undergraduate training from the University of North Carolina, a medical degree from Duke University, a masters of public health degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. He is a tenured member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of more than 235,000 students and an operating budget of $19.5 billion (FY 2019), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce nearly 59,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and almost two-thirds of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 7.8 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.7 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and nearly 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff.

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