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New family and community medicine chair reaches out to South Texas

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) has appointed Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., as the new chairman of the department of family and community medicine – a decision that will spur the UTHSC’s outreach into South Texas.

Dr. Jaén comes to the Health Science Center from The State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, where he served as vice chair for research and development in the department of family medicine. He has an impressive track record of grant support and publications, particularly in the areas of preventative medicine and Latino health care.

Dr. Jaén said he was attracted to the San Antonio area because of the high concentration of Latinos and the UTHSC history of service to South Texas. “My commitment is not only to San Antonio, but to the whole South Texas region,” Dr. Jaén said. “I work for the entire region, I just happen to have an office in San Antonio.”

While Dr. Jaén said his department already has “the best faculty in family and community medicine in the country,” he said he’s ready to take the department to the next level. He said he would like to see greater strength in research, education and clinical service by the year 2010.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of his caliber,” said Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for academic and health affairs and dean of the Medical School. “His interests mesh very well with the Health Science Center and the Medical School. He’s starting with a very strong department and he is the right leader for the department at this time.”

In addition to his duties at the Health Science Center, Dr. Jaén also co-directs the Center for Research in Family Practice and Primary Care and serves as director of the Center for Urban Research and Primary Care.


Contact: Amanda Gallagher