Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), has been named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.
The prestigious award annually recognizes 40 of the Greater Houston area’s top up-and-coming professionals under the age of 40. Honorees have to be nominated and are chosen by judges based on leadership, overcoming challenges and community involvement. There were over 500 nominees for the award this year, according to the HBJ.
“What a humbling experience to be included in such a wonderful group of talented individuals who make a tremendous difference in the lives of Houstonians,” said Dean, who will celebrate his 40th birthday later this month. “This recognition is not about me, but rather the amazing work that our team here at the hospital does every day to heal others and save lives.”
Dean has already had a significant impact on Memorial Hermann during his short time with the System. After serving in leadership roles at healthcare systems across the South, he joined the TMC Campus in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Dean worked quickly to optimize financial outcomes and improve overall productivity for the Campus, earning high praise and a swift promotion to CEO within two years of joining the institution, following the promotion of his predecessor Craig Cordola to Regional President for the System.
“Since coming on board, Brian has furthered our reputation as a provider of high quality, patient-centered, high-quality care by working closely with our academic medical partners at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth as well as our private physicians,” said Cordola. “He’s committed to a strategic vision and his pursuit of that vision will no doubt ensure that, together, we’re providing patients and families with the best, safest and most innovative care for years to come. His contributions to our organization have been considerable and he has a very bright future as an emerging leader in the healthcare industry.”
Despite his hectic, round-the-clock schedule at work, Dean – a married father of two young daughters – has managed to remain heavily involved in community outreach. He is a licensed pilot who spends his free time flying and regularly volunteers his resources for Angel Flight, a non-profit that provides free air transportation to healthcare appointments for people with medical needs.
I often get asked, ‘What does success look like?’” Dean said. “Here’s what success looks like to me: As a campus did we contribute to the community by helping bring people from a state of injury or illness back to health and wellbeing? As a clinical team, did we bring the most innovative tools and therapies to our patients in order to heal them faster, safer and more effectively? As a leader, did I help our employees achieve their short- and long-term career aspirations? Success is all about what and how we give back, both to the communities we serve and the teams we lead.”
Due to the plethora of impressive 40 Under 40 applicants this year, HBJ also named 16 individuals as 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 Honorable Mentions, including Mario Garner, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, and John Kueven, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.
This is the second year in a row that Memorial Hermann employees have landed a spot on HBJ’s elite 40 Under 40 list. Last year, honorees included Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Senior Vice President and CEO Heath Rushing and Manish Shah, M.D., UTHealth pediatric neurosurgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center.