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Scott & White Healthcare chief academic officer named to U.S. list of Top 25 minority executives in healthcare

Modern Healthcare magazine lists Donald Wesson, M.D.

Donald Wesson, M.D., FACP, chief academic officer at Scott & White Healthcare in Temple and vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been named one of the nation’s “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine. Dr. Wesson, 56, is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Dr. Wesson has served as chief academic officer at Scott & White for three years. In his role, he has led the growth of a unique partnership between the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Scott & White Healthcare and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, of which he is a special assistant to the chief of staff. He helped design this system which includes education, research and the organization of academic clinical practice.

“Dr. Wesson’s impressive contributions to the field of medicine, various organizations and his own community are testament that pushing the boundaries of any one thing is achievable and notable. He is a shining example of what it means to be a leader,” said Alfred Knight, M.D., CEO of Scott & White Healthcare.

Dr. Wesson is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and is secretary/treasurer of the American Society of Nephrology. He previously served as the S.C. Arnett professor of medicine and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock from 1999 to 2006. He began teaching medicine in 1982 and has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. “Dr. Wesson has brought his unique blend of medical wisdom, academic expertise and down-home common sense to this education partnership,” said Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs for The Texas A&M University System. “Our students are the beneficiaries of his skill as a leader, an educator and a clinician.”

Modern Healthcare explains the recognition: “The leadership of any industry should be reflective of its customers. Nowhere is this imperative more critical than in the very human business of healthcare. The diversity of this country is one of its greatest strengths, at its best, a model for a creative use of difference in the world. Ensuring that those who guide the institutions of American healthcare understand and also represent the diversity of this country is important. That’s why we take pride in honoring the top 25 minority healthcare executives who are making a positive difference in the industry.”

Modern Healthcare will host a dinner to honor and recognize the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” on June 29 in Chicago. For more information, visit www.modernhealthcare.com.

About Modern Healthcare
Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business news. As a weekly news-driven publication, we report on important healthcare events and trends as they happen—not a month later. Our readers use the information to make informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It’s for this reason that Modern Healthcare is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read publication” by the who’s who in healthcare.

About Scott & White Healthcare (sw.org)
Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit health care system established in 1897. Scott & White is the principal clinical teaching facility affiliated with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, with a Temple campus that includes a four-year medical curriculum. Along with its 636-bed flagship hospital and clinic facility in Temple, Texas, Scott & White includes nine other hospitals or hospital partners, and 60 clinic locations throughout Central Texas. With more than 800 physicians and scientists, Scott & White has become one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group practice systems.

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