UTHSC welcomes new chair
The UT Health Science Center welcomed Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén as the new chairman of the department of family and community medicine at a reception last week. His appointment completes a legacy that began more than 30 years ago.
Dr. Jaén comes to the UTHSC 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. While still a medical school student at SUNY, Dr. Jaén met a man who would later influence his career: Dr. F. Carter Pannill. Dr. Pannill is the founding dean of the UTHSC Medical School and served as Dr. Jaén's mentor.
"It is very fitting that I am in the institution that he started," Dr. Jaén said during his welcoming reception July 25.
Dr. Jaén has an active track record of grant support and publications, particularly in the areas of preventative medicine and Latino health care. He 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 in that office, Dr. Jaén said he plans to take family and community medicine to the next level. "Our department probably has the best faculty in family and community medicine in the country. We have tremendous potential for creating new knowledge. This is a tremendous opportunity," Dr. Jaén said.
By 2010, Dr. Jaén would like to see greater strength in research, education and clinical service.
"We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of his caliber," said Dr. Steven A. Wartman, Medical School dean and executive vice president for academic and health affairs. "His interests mesh very well with the Health Science Center and the Medical School. He's starting with a very strong department and is the right leader for the department at this time."
Dr. Jaén began serving as chair June 25. In addition to his duties at the UTHSC, he is co-director of the Center for Research in Family Practice and Primary Care and director of the Center for Urban Research and Primary Care.
Dr. Jaén is joined by his wife, Diane, and his six children.