More than 1,000 University of Texas Medical Branch employees, or about 10 percent, are veterans. They will be honored Nov. 2 at a luncheon featuring a keynote address by Georgeann McRaven. When her husband, retired Admiral and University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven was on active duty, she worked to improve lives of service members and their families through the Preservation of the Force and Families initiative and the Care Coalition, which helps wounded warriors and families of the fallen.

Last year, she christened the USS Ralph Johnson, a guided missile destroyer that she sponsored. She has been recognized by the chief of naval operations, the chairman of the joint chiefs and the secretary of defense for her service to military families.

The luncheon, which is at capacity, is sponsored by UTMB’s Diversity Council and Veterans Resource Group.



Since the early 20th century, the School of Medicine at UTMB has had one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. In 1921, UTMB graduated its first Hispanic medical student, Daniel Saenz; and in 1953, UTMB medical student Herman Barnett became the first African-American to graduate from a Texas medical school. UTMB remains a national leader in recruitment, retention and graduation of students from ethnic groups that are underrepresented in medicine.

In fact, UTMB is second in the nation in awarding medical degrees to underrepresented minorities. From 2000 to 2015, UTMB’s School of Medicine ranked 1st nationally in the number of Hispanic graduates, 4th nationally in the number of African-American graduates, and 2nd nationally in awarding medical degrees to underrepresented minorities.


The Texas City clinic remains closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. Pediatric, family, adult and urgent care services are expected to reopen at the clinic by mid-November. All other remaining specialties at the Texas City clinic will open by the end of December.

The Regional Maternal and Child Health Program Dickinson Clinic received 28 inches of water, resulting in a total loss. Reconstruction began shortly after the storm and UTMB is working with the property’s landlord to return quickly to the same location. The clinic is expected to reopen in late December. Patients who normally visit these clinics are being seen at other UTMB locations until repairs are complete.

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