Health System Administration
Bruce A. Meyer, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Holder of the:
- T.C. Lupton Family Professorship in Patient Care, in Honor of Dr. John Dowling McConnell and Dr. David Andrew Pistenmaa
Bruce A. Meyer, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs and Chief Clinical Officer, is responsible for overseeing the entire UT Southwestern Medical Center clinical enterprise, including the Medical Center’s University Hospitals & Clinics as well as patient-care relationships with Parkland Health & Hospital System and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Before joining UT Southwestern in 2007, Dr. Meyer served as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and President of UMass Memorial Medical Group, a 750-member physician faculty practice. Dr. Meyer is the former Vice Chair and Director of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at SUNY-Stony Brook and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, has won numerous teaching awards, and served as a residency program director, fellowship director, and clerkship director. Dr. Meyer earned his medical degree from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.
John Warner, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine-Cardiology
Holder of the:
- Audre and Bernard Rapoport Chair in Cardiovascular Research
- Jim and Norma Smith Distinguished Chair for Interventional Cardiology
John Warner, M.D., was named Chief Executive Officer, UT Southwestern University Hospitals effective February 2012. An interventional cardiologist, Dr. Warner is also the Medical Director of the Doris and Harry W. Bass, Jr. Clinical Center for Heart, Lung and Vascular Disease. He previously served as Assistant Vice President for Hospital Planning, where he was instrumental in the design and planning of UT Southwestern’s new 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Dr. Warner received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and his M.B.A. from the Physician Executive Program at the University of Tennessee. He completed residency training in internal medicine at UT Southwestern, where he served as Chief Resident, and fellowship training in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Warner returned to UT Southwestern in 2003. His research interests and publications have centered on acute coronary syndromes, adult congenital heart disease, risk factors for coronary artery plaque rupture, and progression of atherosclerosis.
John Douglas Rutherford, M.D.
Vice President for Clinical Operations and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Holder of the:
- Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology
John Douglas Rutherford, M.D., serves as Vice President for Clinical Operations at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holds a Chair in Cardiology. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty as Professor of Medicine in 1993 and received the Distinguished Physician Award in recognition of outstanding individual contributions to Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1995 and the Gifted Educator Award of the American College of Cardiology in 2011. Dr. Rutherford, who earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in his native New Zealand, was the recipient of a traveling Research Fellowship from the New Zealand National Heart Foundation and was a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rutherford was recruited to the Harvard Faculty in 1978 as a cardiologist and later was appointed co-director of the Samuel A. Levine Cardiac Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Carlos Girod, M.D.
Associate Vice President, Parkland Health & Hospital System Affairs
Holder of the:
- Ron Anderson, M.D. Professorship in Clinical Care and Education at Parkland Memorial Hospital
Carlos Girod, M.D., was named Associate Vice President, Parkland Health & Hospital System Affairs in March 2016. He is the primary liaison between Parkland and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He previously served as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for Parkland Health & Hospital System. A pulmonologist and highly regarded clinician, Dr. Girod graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before earning his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan. He completed his internship and residency at UT Southwestern, followed by a clinical fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a research fellowship at the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1997.
Suresh Gunasekaran, M.B.A.
Associate Vice President and Chief of Operations
As Associate Vice President and Chief of Operations for the UT Southwestern Health System, Suresh Gunasekaran, M.B.A., leads the financial and operational activities plus many of the administrative functions of the physician practice and Health System. Mr. Gunasekaran previously led the information technology function of the Health System, which has been nationally recognized multiple times as "Most Wired" and most recently recognized as a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 for both hospitals and clinics. Before joining UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2004, he served as a health care IT management consultant working with major academic medical centers as well as a principal health care analyst for Gartner Group. Mr. Gunasekaran began his career in clinic and revenue cycle operations at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN. He holds a master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
Stan Taylor, M.D.
Associate Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care
Holder of the:
- J.B. Howell Professorship in Melanoma Education and Detection
Stan Taylor, M.D., oversees all outpatient clinics in the UT Southwestern Medical Center health system as Associate Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Care. He is Director of the University’s Skin Surgery and Oncology Clinic. Dr. Taylor joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and was voted outstanding teacher in the Department numerous times. He has been recognized as a leading dermatologist in local, state, and national publications, including Texas Monthly, D Magazine, and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. Previously, Dr. Taylor taught in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and he was a clinical investigator at the University of Michigan Cancer Center. Dr. Taylor earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
W. Gary Reed, M.D.
Chief Quality Officer, Associate Dean for Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Holder of the:
- Sinor/Pritchard (Katy Sinor and Kay Pritchard) Professorship in Medical Education Honoring Donald W. Seldin, M.D.
- S.T. Harris Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine, in Honor of Gary Reed, M.D.
- Eva A. Rosenthal Professorship in Internal Medicine, in Honor of Gary Reed, M.D.
W. Gary Reed, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, is Chief Quality Officer of UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and Associate Dean for Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education. He heads the Office of Quality Improvement and Safety and oversees clinical quality and patient safety at UT Southwestern, promoting a medical culture that demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care and to developing educational programs that teach the science of continuous quality improvement to faculty, staff, and trainees. Dr. Reed, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, received his medical degree from and performed his residency at UT Southwestern. Dr. Reed was the initial recipient of the Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, which recognizes a UT Southwestern clinician whose work exemplifies commitment to outstanding patient care and the advancement of innovative medical therapy. Dr. Reed has previously served as Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs at Parkland Memorial Hospital. His research interests include alternative and herbal medicine and hypertension.
Susan Hernandez, R.N., M.B.A.
Health System Chief Nursing Executive, UT Southwestern University Hospitals
Susan Hernandez, R.N., M.B.A., a nationally respected nursing leader, was named Health System Chief Nursing Executive for UT Southwestern University Hospitals in December 2015. She previously served as Chief Nursing Officer. Ms. Hernandez joined UT Southwestern in 2014 after nearly 20 years in nursing and leadership positions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where most recently she was CNO and Associate Hospital Director at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. She has also held leadership positions at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and The Vanderbilt Clinic. A strong advocate for nurses who is committed to excellence in nursing, Ms. Hernandez played a pivotal role at Vanderbilt in examining the importance of wellness and work/life balance of nurses, a topic of considerable national concern. Ms. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s in Nursing, a bachelor’s in Education, and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration.