Dr. Robert Lynch, chief executive
officer at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans and UT Arlington
alumnus, will kick off the university’s Science Week on Monday, Oct. 31 with a
lunch time talk called “Saving New Orleans.” Lynch was appointed CEO of the
hospital in August 2007. He’ll tell students about his time at the center of
rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The event is open to the public.
Dr. Robert Lynch
Tulane University Hospital and
Clinic is a 373-bed, two-campus academic medical center associated with Tulane
Lynch has played an essential role in making sure New Orleans' medical
community is better prepared for future emergencies,” said College of Science
Dean Pamela Jansma. “Knowing he is a UT Arlington graduate makes us very proud.
It also shows our students how a science degree can help them to become
Lynch graduated from UT Arlington
in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his medical degree
from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Before his appointment at Tulane, he led
the South Central Veterans Affairs Health Care
Network, the VA's second largest health care network.
During Katrina, Lynch
oversaw the evacuation of more than 600 patients and employees from the VA
hospital in New Orleans, which like most of the city's medical facilities
suffered extensive damage.
prepared for a disaster of that magnitude," he said. "Nobody was
prepared for the levees to fail or for the entire city to be evacuated. It took
a lot of heroic efforts by a whole lot of people to get everyone out safely. The
devastation was tremendous. It was a very chaotic time, but people rose to the
Science Week is sponsored by The
University of Texas at Arlington College of Science. In addition to Lynch’s
address, students will hear from faculty, staff and other alumni about the
availability of careers in science fields and the opportunities and challenges in
“Saving New Orleans” talk begins at noon in room 100 of Nedderman Hall, 416 S.
Week continues on Wednesday with a panel discussion on “Medicine and Ethics.”
The event is from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in room 100 of Nedderman Hall and features
several alumni. Those are: Dr. Dale Martin, D.D.S. (Chemistry ’75);
Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, M.D. (Biology ’75); Dr. Michael Sakowski, M.D. (Biology
’66); and Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, M.D. (Biology ’66). The panel will be moderated
by Dr. Tim Henry, D.D.S., associate dean of the UT Arlington Honors College and
a biology lecturer.
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