I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the warm welcome to UT Southwestern. My wife, Carole, and I look forward to life in Dallas and getting to know the exceptional people in the Department of Surgery and throughout the entire institution. There is no greater privilege than to have the opportunity to lead this great department. I am particularly honored to assume such a position where there is both such a legacy of academic medicine and potential for the future.
The mission of the Institution and Surgery Department is clear: to provide a scholarly environment based on research, education, and patient care. I would like to see UTSW as the institution where patients and families choose to receive care, where surgical faculty want to spend their careers, where surgical residents and students want to do their training and education, where discoveries are made and applied to help our patients, and where the state and regional community is exceptionally served.
Over the next few months, I plan to spend a great deal of time listening – to leadership, faculty, trainees, students, staff, and staff leaders – to hear your thoughts regarding our future direction and to understand UT Southwestern's culture generally, and our department's culture specifically. As we move forward together, we will craft a strategic plan that will allow us to achieve our goals in a way that reflects our values and, in the process, contribute to the success of the talented researchers, clinicians, and educators in the Department.
Michael Choti, M.D.