Bryan-born Aggie and physician transforming healthcare leadership
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Born in Bryan and raised in South Texas, Dr. Carrie L. Byington ‘85 was the first Hispanic woman to be dean of a U.S. medical school just three years ago.
Now the former dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Dr. Byington is set to transform the largest system of medical schools in the country as she takes the reigns of University of California Health on Oct. 31.
Dr. Byington departs Aggieland in a wake of national accolades. She was the Elizabeth Blackwell Visiting Scholar at the Mayo Clinic and presented at Grand Rounds in September, an event honoring Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.
In October, Dr. Byington will be a plenary speaker at the 22nd Annual 2019 FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women Conference at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Byington also will receive the Marion Spencer Fay Award by Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Woman’s Health and Leadership in October. She says she looks forward to discussing values driven leadership as a vital component for healthcare transformation in the 21st Century when she receives the honor.
Dr. Byington’s success can be attributed to six leadership lessons she has learned, and frequently shares with others:
Hold on to your values.
Be fearless — cross borders to learn from others.
Be persistent — see opportunities in challenges.
Step up — advocate for others — patients, students and trainees come first.
Be bold — invent the future.
Let your life experiences and skills shape your unique leadership contributions.
“By any measure, Dr. Carrie Byington is a nationally-recognized leader in pediatrics and infectious disease, renowned for her contributions in patient care, disease prevention and health education,” said John Sharp, Chancellor for The Texas A&M University System. “It’s really no surprise that a strong, Texas woman is transforming healthcare leadership.”
During her time in College Station, Dr. Byington also held the titles of Senior Vice President of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Services at The Texas A&M University System.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY 2017 and helped drive the state’s economy.
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