Kiwanis Club of HoustonMarch 8, 2018Speaker: Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.Topic: Two Bachelors and the Texas Medical Center: A Brief History
Dr. Bryant Boutwell served the institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center for four decades and is the first holder of The John P. McGovern, M.D. Professorship in Oslerian Medicine at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School where he retired in December, 2017. His teaching interests in the medical humanities include medical history, communications, professionalism, and ethics. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by UT System. He has written award-winning newspaper columns, radio programs, and television programs including scripts narrated by the late Walter Cronkite. In 2000 he published a history of the UT Medical School and Texas Medical Center while serving as Associate Dean of Community Affairs and Professional Education at the medical school (1993-2006). Sales from that book support the Boutwell/McGovern endowed scholarship fund for medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. During 2008-2010 he served as Associate Vice President for Accreditation and International Programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and oversaw the successful reaccreditation of the institution’s six professional schools with special commendation from executive leadership. Dr. Boutwell has journalism and biology degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Prior to joining the UT’s medical school in Houston, he worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for fifteen years serving communication roles and as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his Texas Medical Center career, he also handled media relations for Dr. Denton Cooley’s historic heart transplants (1980-1982) and served as director of public relations for the entire Texas Medical Center (1983-1985). In 2014 he published the biography of his friend and mentor, Dr. John P. McGovern. His 2016 book, ‘Bout Time: 4-Minute Histories of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth, was compiled from his history blog, ’Bout Time. Most recently he has completed the biography of his faculty colleague and friend, Dr. Red Duke. That book is now on press at Texas A&M University Press for release in 2018 with a foreword by President George H. W. Bush (41). In retirement he continues to write books and work as a freelance writer and has recently been selected to write the centennial book for Houston Methodist Hospital to be released in April, 2019.