Office of the President: Long School of Medicine leadership announcement

Dear UT Health San Antonio faculty and staff:

I am pleased to announce the following leadership changes within the Long School of Medicine and in UT Health San Antonio’s Medical Affairs.

Francisco Cigarroa, MD, has agreed to serve as the acting dean of the Long School of Medicine. Robert Leverence, MD, will continue as executive vice dean for clinical affairs under the acting dean, and will also serve as acting vice president for medical affairs of UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Cigarroa will continue to direct the Alvarez Center for Transplantation Hepatobiliary Surgery and Innovation. These physician leaders have an unparalleled track record of excellence in academia, administration and healthcare.

These new interim roles, with transition to begin immediately, present an exceptional opportunity for these dedicated individuals to continue to advance our organization to elite status among academic medical centers nationally. We have nearly doubled the size of our research and clinical missions in the last six years and have also significantly increased the size of the educational mission here.

The basic science chair and clinical chairs, as well as the vice deans, will report to Dr. Cigarroa. Dr. Leverence will continue to oversee the clinical infrastructure and staff, as well as fill the health science center-wide role supervising medical affairs. During this transition, I expect to personally complete the Long School of Medicine budget process and complete some of the key recruitments to chair positions currently in search, as well as the Mays Cancer Center director search.

I am grateful that Drs. Cigarroa and Leverence will have an opportunity to work together over the coming months to maintain continuity. Their work is supported by a strong faculty and administrative leadership team within the Long School of Medicine and within UT Health San Antonio, and I thank that team in advance for their service.

With deepest appreciation for all each of you do every day,


Rob Hromas, MD, FACP
Acting President
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | UT Health San Antonio

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