Memorial Hermann Announces Dr. David Callender as New President & CEO
a nationwide search, Memorial Hermann
Health System is pleased to announce today the appointment of David L.
Callender, M.D., MBA, FACS, as its next President and CEO, effective Sept.
Callender, who is an accomplished physician executive with significant
experience leading academic health systems, has deep roots in the Houston
community. Since 2007, he has served as President of the University of Texas
Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Callender will succeed current President and
CEO, Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes, who has served as President and CEO since June
2017, following nearly a decade as the system’s Chief Operating Officer.
Callender is a natural choice for this role given his exceptional track record
in the Greater Houston region expanding access to care and advancing
groundbreaking research to help people get healthy and stay healthy,” said
Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon. “It’s clear that Dr. Callender cares
deeply for this community and, through his leadership at UTMB Health, he has
demonstrated an unwavering commitment to foster a healthier environment for
all. We are thrilled to welcome a leader who will preserve and strengthen
Memorial Hermann’s legacy of serving Greater Houston with pride and
distinction, making him the ideal successor to Chuck, whose leadership has been
instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann thrive and flourish during an era of
change in the healthcare industry.”
native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. Callender trained in Houston, receiving his
medical degree from and completing his residency at Baylor College of Medicine.
He completed an oncology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center and an MBA at the University of Houston, and is a Fellow of the
American College of Surgeons. Before assuming the presidency of UTMB Health,
Dr. Callender served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
for UCLA Health from 2004 to 2007. He previously served in several leadership
roles over more than 20 years with MD Anderson, culminating in his position as
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Hermann, together with its physician partners, is doing great work to make
health care more affordable and more accessible for the residents of Greater
Houston,” said Dr. Callender. “I have been inspired by Memorial Hermann’s
efforts to bring value-based, more personalized care to our communities, and
I’m excited and honored to now help lead the way as we work to extend those
efforts by delivering exceptional patient experiences and improving outcomes
retiring at the end of the year, Stokes will work with Dr. Callender over the
coming months to effectively transition his role. During his tenure with
Memorial Hermann, Stokes has worked tirelessly to establish a culture of high
reliability, innovation, and transformation throughout the organization. Under
his visionary leadership, Memorial Hermann has attained unprecedented accolades
for operational excellence and its consistent delivery of safe, high-quality
been such a privilege to serve Memorial Hermann and this community for more
than a decade,” Stokes said. “As I near retirement, I’m pleased to hand over
the reins to Dr. Callender, a trusted and experienced healthcare leader with a
passion for creating healthier communities. I believe Dr. Callender is the
right person to help guide Memorial Hermann into the future.”
Dr. Callender's leadership, UTMB Health has been focused on training the
healthcare workforce of tomorrow; developing new ways to diagnose, prevent and
treat illness through world-class research; and improving access to quality,
evidence-based health care for the people of Texas and beyond. After Hurricane
Ike caused more than $1 billion in damage to the university’s Galveston campus
in 2008, Dr. Callender led UTMB’s unprecedented reconstruction and
revitalization effort which resulted in building a more resilient
infrastructure that can support the university’s mission well into the future.
Callender and his wife, Tonya, have three children.