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Former BAMC commanding general returns to UTHSC to work on homeland defense, other issues

One of the nation's most distinguished military medical leaders has joined the executive ranks of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, today announced the appointment of Maj. Gen. Harold L. Timboe, M.D., M.P.H., to oversee UTHSCSA's involvement in issues relating to homeland defense, bioterrorism research and partnership with the military medical community. Gen. Timboe, named to the position of associate vice president for administration, will work closely with Executive Vice President for Administration James D. Kazen in a number of executive and administrative areas.

"What an honor to announce that one of our most outstanding graduates is returning to his medical alma mater," President Cigarroa said. "General Timboe brings an incredible amount of insight and experience to the Health Science Center and will play a crucial role in our development as we assist our country in facing today's challenges."

Gen. Timboe's executive experience has involved increasingly complex health systems. After serving as commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, he assumed command in May 1999 of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the well-respected academic health center in Washington, D.C. He directed military medical operations along the Atlantic seaboard including the response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon and the anthrax letters.

A graduate of West Point, he received his medical degree in 1978 from the Health Science Center, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Medicine in 1999. "As a family physician, my patient care interests are in how the health system and patient safety issues affect patient outcomes, with special emphasis on the role of information technology in improving the health of populations and the performance of America's health system," he said.

Gen. Timboe is a decorated combat veteran and medical leader who served with distinction in Vietnam and during the Gulf War. He has the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army's Distinguished Service Medal, five awards of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, an Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and many other honors.

He is eager to begin his new responsibilities. "The Health Science Center is the centerpiece of bringing health to the people of Greater San Antonio and South Texas," he said. "I appreciate Dr. Cigarroa giving me the opportunity to contribute to the success of this university and its important role regionally and as the foundation of health education and biomedical research. My wife and I are delighted to be rejoining so many friends and the wonderful people of San Antonio, who are so well known for their hospitality and dedication to caring for each other. We are excited about serving this community with the rest of the Health Science Center's talented faculty and staff. I'd like to be a catalyst for positive change."

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Dr. Timboe completed his residency in family practice at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. In 1980 he received a master of public health degree from the University of Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College as well as the Army War College.

Dr. Timboe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physician Executives, the American Medical Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the Christian Medical Dental Society.

While at Brooke Army Medical Center, Gen. Timboe also was commanding general of the Great Plains Regional Medical Command.

Contact: Will Sansom