Representatives for the University of Texas System have temporarily suspended the search for a new University of Texas Medical Branch president to focus on coronavirus efforts, officials said.

The system’s search advisory committee recommended the suspension, in part because of the medical branch’s efforts and also because candidates for the job are focused on combating the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Dr. Ben Raimer, a medical school faculty member, pediatrician and former legislative liaison for the medical branch, will continue as interim president until circumstances permit the search resuming, officials said.

Raimer has served as interim president since Dr. David Callender left the medical branch in September, taking the top position at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System.

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Michael Guarino

The Medical Branch is in good hands with Dr. Ben Raimer. He is highly qualified to lead UTMB during this crisis and has been a great member of our Galveston community for many years. We're lucky to have him.

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