COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — Brett P. Giroir, M.D., will assume the role of interim executive vice president for Texas A&M Health Science Center, effective Oct. 1, 2013, and will be nominated by Chancellor John Sharp to become the interim CEO for the health science center at the next regularly scheduled meeting of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
“Dr. Giroir brings a wealth of experience that spans health care, biomedical sciences and academia, which ideally positions him to serve as a visionary leader for our health science center,” said R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., president of the Texas A&M University. “Since its establishment in 1999, Texas A&M Health Science Center has matured into a statewide, comprehensive health-related institution that, with Dr. Giroir at the helm, is set to enter its next great chapter.”
Giroir, an internationally renowned physician-scientist whose work has focused on life-threatening infectious diseases, joined the A&M System in 2008, most recently serving as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives. In that role, Giroir led the Texas A&M team that garnered the largest and most highly funded national award of a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM), with a potential contract value of approximately $3 billion over a 25-year span. One of only three such centers across the United States, the CIADM is a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases and other threats.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the A&M System for the past five years. As I embark on this new opportunity with the health science center, I look forward to focusing more intensely on my passion for improving patient care and public health,” Giroir said. “Texas A&M Health Science Center is poised to become an international leader in patient-centered health care and medical research, and I am committed to serving the faculty, students and staff to attain our shared vision for our institution.”
Giroir currently holds professorial appointments in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He also hold an adjunct professor appointment in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is a former tenured professor, endowed chair holder and associate dean at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His U.S. government positions include service as the director of the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA, and chair of the Chemical and Biological Defense Panel for the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.