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Texas Medical Center Mourns Death of Board Chairman David M. Underwood

Texas Medical Center Mourns Death of Board Chairman David M. Underwood

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Houston, TX – August 31, 2015 – David M. Underwood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center, died Sunday at his home. He was 78.

Mr. Underwood served on the board for nearly four decades and led as Chairman for the past 23 years. He was also the longest-serving member of the Houston Methodist Board of Directors.

“As Chairman of the TMC Board of Directors for decades, Mr. Underwood had an unrelenting vision for its future,” said Dr. Robert C. Robbins, President and CEO, Texas Medical Center. “Mr. Underwood was an extraordinary man of principle and an exemplary servant to the Texas Medical Center and the greater Houston region. He believed strongly that we should leverage the collective assets of all TMC member institutions to foster programmatic collaboration. We will continue onward and upward with our collective mission.”

During Mr. Underwood’s tenure with the board, the Texas Medical Center expanded from 24 to 56 member institutions and now serves over 7.2 million patients on the largest medical campus in the world.

“My dear friend, David, had an immeasurable impact on the Texas Medical Center,” said Holcombe Crosswell, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Texas Medical Center. “We will strive to uphold his legacy in the years to come.”

About Texas Medical Center

The largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center is internationally recognized and home to many of the nation’s best hospitals, physicians, educational institutions, researchers, and the largest concentration of life-sciences experts. For the first time in its history, the Texas Medical Center has aligned the multi-institutional expertise to formulate five institutions dedicated to: Health Policy, Clinical Trials, Regenerative Medicine, Genomics, and Life Science Innovation. Together, these institutions will advance the Texas Medical Center as the global leader in human health and life sciences.


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