Dr. Peter Hotez recognized by Fortune Magazine as leader in health care

HOUSTON – (April 24, 2017) – Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care.” 

“I’m excited to be recognized for our work at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine to combat neglected tropical diseases in Houston, throughout the state of Texas and on the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as in areas of extreme poverty globally,” said Hotez. “Today our faculty at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital are making the next generation of vaccines and diagnostics through our Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development.”

Recognized for his work in research and advocacy, Hotez is a world-renowned expert in neglected tropical diseases, the most common diseases affecting the world’s poor. Hotez founded the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011.

“We’re thrilled that Dr. Hotez has received this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “He is an advocate for the poorest people who are suffering from devastating diseases and do not have the ability to advocate for themselves, and he is a public health champion who focuses on the incredible importance of vaccines to keep people healthy.”

Hotez joins others on the Fortune Magazine list, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Bill Gates.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

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