Dean’s Community Lecture Series – College for Health, Community and Policy

The Dean’s Community Lecture Series will provide current students and community members with valuable opportunities to connect with today’s leaders.

The vision of the Dean’s Community Lecture Series is to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners in developing future leaders in our community. Our speaker series will bring leaders from San Antonio and beyond to campus to talk about the latest developments in their fields, the characteristics of success, and how to make a meaningful impact in today’s community.


Main causes of health disparities

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
12h00-13h00
UTSA Main Campus
Main building 0.104 – Auditorium

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Dr. ThompsonIan M.Thompson, Jr., MD, Chairman – Santa Rosa Foundation and San Antonio Children’s Hospital Foundation

Dr. Thompson earned his BS from West Point and his MD from Tulane University. After a residency in urology in San Antonio and a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he served as Chief of Urology and Chairman of Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center until his retirement from the Army in 2000. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Urology and later director of the Center for Cancer Therapy and Research at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, a US-designated cancer center. National Cancer Institute. Upon his retirement from the University of Texas on January 1, 2017, he was named President of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center Hospital and Vice President of Oncology for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa. He currently practices urology and urologic oncology in conjunction with his son, Ian M Thompson, III MD.

Dr. Thompson has published over 680 scientific articles which have been cited 34,640 times in 25,278 peer-reviewed articles. His h-index, a measure of the impact of his scientific contributions, is 89. He was chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network and chair of the group’s genitourinary cancer committee. of Southwestern Oncology. Previously, he served as chair of the Urology Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, and president of the American Board of Urology. After serving on the National Cancer Institute’s Subcommittee A (Cancer Centers), he was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors in 2016. He serves on the board of directors of the South Texas American Cancer Society. He was the principal investigator of numerous pivotal phase 3 clinical trials, including SABOR, S8794, SELECT and PCPT. Finally, he has chaired or co-chaired several national guideline committees, developing recommendations for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Esteban LopezEsteban LopezPh.D., Market Leader – Health and Life Sciences, Americus and Google Cloud and Founder of Hopscotch Health

Dr. López is currently Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Market for the Americas at Google Cloud, with multinational executive responsibility for strategy, thought leadership, and solution development focused on the Americas markets. North and Latin America. He previously served as Medical Director for Clinical Strategy and Innovation for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the fourth largest health insurer in the United States and the largest member-owned health insurance company. Prior to this role, he was President of the Southwest Texas Region for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, as well as Chief Medical Officer, where he was responsible for overseeing sales, network, medical affairs and communities for a company with 1.8 million members. . At Google, he helps healthcare companies find tangible clinical and business solutions through digital transformation, in line with Alphabet’s promise to organize global data.

In addition to his responsibilities at Google, Dr. López serves on the board of directors of Addus Homecare and Axonics, two companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Dr. López holds a BS in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MD from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is dual board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and continues to practice medicine in his spare time at the company he founded, Hopscotch Health.


Lead when people get loud

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
UTSA Downtown Campus
Conference room Aula Canaria

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Evidence-Based Policy Making: What’s All the Buzz About?

On February 22, a group of esteemed guests joined President Taylor Eighthmy and discussed research and policy development in the city of San Antonio. Couldn’t attend the event? Watch the video below.


The overall mission of the lecture series is to foster students’ natural leadership abilities while discussing critical topics in our community. The hour-long lecture sessions will include brief remarks from a guest speaker with a distinguished career. The series provides an opportunity to engage with CEOs, VPs, Founders, Activists, Governments, Nonprofits, and Community Leaders at least 8 times per year.

After learning about the speaker’s professional background and the characteristics that made them successful, an interactive session will follow for the audience to ask questions and discuss topics. The goals are to create career preparation, critical thinking, and funding pathways for the College and beyond.

The series is offered monthly. If you have a topic to suggest or are interested in participating in future conferences, please contact Lisa Hernandez at [email protected].