William L. Henrich Appointed Interim President of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

AUSTIN – William L. Henrich, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was named on Monday (Jan. 12) as interim president of the health science center. Henrich will succeed Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., who last week was officially named chancellor of the UT System, effective Feb. 2.

Henrich will serve as interim president while a search is under way for a permanent successor to Cigarroa. A presidential search advisory committee was established last month to begin searching for Cigarroa’s successor at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

“Bill Henrich's familiarity with the health science center and his experienced leadership will help ensure a smooth transition at the institution as the System searches for the next leader of this outstanding academic health center,” said Kenneth I. Shine, interim chancellor and executive vice chancellor for health affairs in the UT System. 

Henrich has served as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the health science center's School of Medicine since March 2006. He also holds the John P. Howe, III, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Health Policy. Previously, he was chair of medicine and held an endowed professorship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He also was physician-in-chief at the University of Maryland Medical Center. 

Henrich held many positions at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, including professor of internal medicine, associate chief of staff for research and development at the VA Medical Center in Dallas and attending physician at Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

A widely respected scientist, Henrich is the author of more than 220 scientific publications. His research interests include hemodynamics on dialysis, analgesic-related kidney dysfunction and hypertension. He has also served as president of the American Society of Nephrology.

Henrich received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

About The University of Texas Health Science Center - San AntonioThe University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.5 billion (FY 2009) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually. With more than 81,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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