David L. Callender, MD, became the fifth president of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Sept. 1, 2007.
A Texas native, Dr. Callender served as the associate vice chancellor and CEO for the UCLA Hospital System (2004 to 2007). In that role, he oversaw a health care system consisting of the 525-bed UCLA Medical Center and Mattel Children’s Hospital, the 280-bed Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center, the 136-bed Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and the Tiverton House, a 100-room facility for patients and their families.
Dr. Callender is a head and neck surgeon with a special interest in head and neck cancer. A 1984 graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, he completed his residency training in general surgery and otolaryngology at his alma mater in 1990. He went on to complete a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Appointed to U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center faculty in 1992 after completing his fellowship, Dr. Callender held a number of administrative posts there, including senior vice president and chief medical officer, vice president for clinical programs, and medical director of the Physicians Referral Service, before being appointed as executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2001.
He and his wife Tonya, live in Galveston.