TMC Member Since 1994
Founded in 1925, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the flagship hospital for Memorial Hermann Health System, was the very first hospital to open in the Texas Medical Center. As the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School, Memorial Hermann-TMC provides leading-edge care in heart, neuroscience, orthopedics, women’s health, general surgery, organ transplantation and much more. It is also home to one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in the greater Houston area, providing 24-hour emergency and trauma care to more than 40,000 patients a year, making it one of the nation’s busiest Level I trauma centers. Memorial Hermann Life Flight, Houston’s only hospital-based air ambulance service, operates a fleet of six helicopters that provide emergency rescue within a 150-mile radius. The hospital also recently announced a $650 million expansion project to outfit the campus with new facilities and technology.
Senior Vice President and Memorial Hermann Regional President-Central Region
Brian Dean serves as Senior Vice President and Memorial Hermann Regional President-Central Region with overall responsibility for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital, the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC and the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the TMC. Previously, Dean served as Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hermann-TMC as well as Chief Financial Officer for the Campus, contributing significantly to the Campus’ operational and strategic performance through the optimization of financial outcomes and the improvement of overall productivity.
Dean earned his Bachelor of Health Science and Master’s of Public Health in Health Administration, both from the University of Kentucky, and later received his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is currently a member of several organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the United Health Consortium (UHC) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.Kentucky, and later received his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He is currently a member of several organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the United Health Consortium (UHC) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Benjamin K. Chu, M.D.
President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System
Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., MPH, MACP, was appointed president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System in 2016. In his role, Dr. Chu is responsible for the System’s nearly 300 care delivery sites with more than 25,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians in the Houston area.
Dr. Chu brings more than four decades of healthcare experience as a clinician, administrator and policy advocate. Dr. Chu passionately believes that the quality of patient care and patient safety are of the highest importance. He also places a strong emphasis on physician integration and population health.
Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, he served as group president for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California and Georgia regions.
Dr. Chu has been perennially recognized for his innovative thought leadership in the healthcare industry and has held a number of executive roles throughout his prestigious career. In 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2016.
Dr. Chu earned his medical degree at New York University. He earned his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University.
He is married to artist Donna Moylan and has three adult children.