A Special Evening with Dr. Kirk Calhoun
Dr. Calhoun will be talking about the new medical school in Tyler, sharing his insights on how this school is going to be impacting healthcare in East Texas and how this will be impacting Tyler and the immediate region.
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
This virtual event will be held through Zoom
Space is limited, so tickets are available on a first-come/first-served basis.
A quote from our East Texas ACHE Forum President, John G. Self: “The decision to build a medical school in Tyler is one of the most significant developments in this community’s history. The impact on Tyler and northeast Texas will be transformative, economically, and in shaping the future of healthcare delivery in our region.
The launch of a medical school will have a significant economic impact on the city. The trickle-down effect on all aspects of the economy is substantial as faculty and support staff members arrive and attract a host of new ancillary companies that will support the medical school’s mission.”
Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Chairman of the Board
UT Health East Texas, LLC
Dr. Calhoun earned a BS degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MD degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University, he completed a fellowship in Clinical Nephrology, Hypertension, and Metabolism at the University of Chicago. Following a very successful career in private practice, Dr. Calhoun aggressively pursued his passion in academic medicine. After academic leadership positions at the University of Missouri Kansas City, he served 10 years at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Corporate Medical Director of UTMB HealthCare Systems. He then became simultaneously the Senior Vice President at Parkland Hospital and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the UTSW Medical School.
In 2002, Dr. Calhoun became a Professor of Medicine and was chosen as President of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is currently a Board Member and Chair-Elect for the American Association of Medical Colleges Board of Directors. He is on the Executive Committee and is Immediate Past-Chair of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals. Dr. Calhoun is the only individual to serve two terms as Chairman of America’s Essential Hospitals, formally the National Association of Public Hospitals. He served two terms on the DSHS Council (the Texas State Board of Health) and he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Teaching Hospitals of Texas.
Dr. Calhoun is Chairman of the Board of UT Health East Texas Health System, created in March 2018. This newly formed health system owns and operates 10 hospitals, 50-plus clinics, emergency transport services, a home health agency, and other health related enterprises. UT System Board of Regents recently voted for the approval for the new UT Tyler School of Medicine, a recognition of the healthcare vision for East Texas by Dr. Calhoun. The UT System Board of Regents has announced Kirk Calhoun as the intended president of the combined UT institutions in Tyler occurring in early 2021. This consolidates the leadership of the UT presence in Tyler. Dr. Calhoun has received numerous awards for his work in healthcare, public health, higher education delivery, and community service.