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Mark A. Wallace
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark A. Wallace, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Texas Children’s Hospital in 1989 at the age of 36. Under his leadership, Texas Children’s has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric and women’s health care organizations, recording nearly 4.9 million patient encounters annually and achieving international recognition as a referral center. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Texas Children’s Hospital in the top four among all children’s hospitals in the nation.
Dean B. Andropoulos, MD, M.H.C.M.
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief and Chair of Texas Children's Department of Anesthesiology
Dean Andropoulos, M.D., M.H.C.M. is Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, and completed Pediatrics and Anesthesiology residencies at the University of California, San Francisco. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Michael A. Belfort, MD, PhD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist-in-Chief and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Michael A. Belfort, MD, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Belfort serves as the medical director of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, which offers women a complete range of obstetric and gynecologic services.
Larry H. Hollier Jr., MD, FACS, FAAP
Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery at Texas Children's
Dr. Larry H. Hollier, Jr. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a Professor of Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics. He serves as the Baron Hardy Chair of Plastic Surgery and as the Surgeon in Chief and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is also a Vice Chair of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
Thierry A.G.M. Huisman, MD, PD, EDiNR, EDiPNR, FICIS
Radiologist-in-Chief and Chair of Texas Children’s Department of Radiology
Dr. Huisman serves as Radiologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to Texas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Huisman served as Chairman of the Department of Imaging and Imaging Science at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In addition he was Director of the Division of Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Neuroradiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Co-Director of the Neurointensive Care Nursery (NICN), the Johns Hopkins Fetal Program and Center for Translational and Molecular Imaging (CTMI).
Lara Shekerdemian, MD
Pediatrician In-Chief and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Lara S. Shekerdemian is Pediatrician-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, bringing 23 years of experience on three continents — 11 of those at Texas Children’s, where she has served as Chief of Critical Care since 2010. She also is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, where she previously served as Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.
Jeffrey S. Shilt, MD
He is the Medical Director of the Motion Analysis & Human Performance Lab and serves as the Pediatric Sports Medicine Liaison to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for USA Cycling.
James Versalovic, MD, PhD
Pathologist-in-Chief and Chair of Texas Children’s Department of Pathology
Dr. Versalovic serves as Pathologist-In-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Director of Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He is the Milton J. Finegold Professor and Vice Chair of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. He also is Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, and Pediatrics, and Co-Director of the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine.
Huda Y. Zoghbi, MD
An internationally-renowned physician-scientist, Zoghbi founded the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (Duncan NRI) at TCH in 2010. Under her leadership, it now is a premier destination for families with neurological concerns.
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Linda Aldred, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Texas Children’s Hospital, also serves as the principal strategist and implementer for the People Strategies and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives across the Texas Children’s system.
Ms. Aldred has been an executive at Texas Children’s for nearly two decades. In addition to her Human Resources role, her tenure has also included leading marketing, public relations and community initiatives.
Her enthusiasm lies in fostering leadership development, enriching the employee experience and creating a compelling and inclusive environment where people can perform their work with fulfillment. Ms. Aldred characterizes her leadership approach as “thinking big, leading it bigger and being the difference.” She is steadfast in her belief that an organization cannot attain preeminence without building and executing effective and meaningful people strategies that demonstrate and exemplify its brand and culture.
Ms. Aldred holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Organizational Performance and Change from Colorado State University.
Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in international locations, and learning from leadership books and podcasts.
Executive Vice President
Dan DiPrisco, is an Executive Vice President at Texas Children's Hospital. Mr. DiPrisco has been with Texas Children’s for 18 years, starting out as an administrative fellow at BCM in 2002, and progressing quickly through the ranks. Mr. DiPrisco’s role during his tenure has progressed from business and physician support service leadership to hospital operations as Senior Vice President of The Woodlands and the Baylor Operating Unit. Mr. DiPrisco was critical in implementing and leading the Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine Operating Unit and opening The Woodlands Campus.
Currently, his primary areas of operational responsibility include the pediatric inpatient and ambulatory services on the Texas Medical Center Campus, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, nursing, pharmacy, respiratory and therapy services, as well as continued oversight of the institutional affiliation between Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.
Mr. DiPrisco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University. He is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and also holds memberships with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Weldon Gage, is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Texas Children’s. Mr. Gage re-joined Texas Children’s in June of 2016. He previously served in financial leadership roles at Texas Children’s for six years between 2005 and 2011. Prior to coming back to Texas Children’s, Mr. Gage served in the CFO roles at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Mr. Gage’s healthcare financial management career began in 1997 at the Hendrick Health System in Abilene, Texas.
In addition to leading the organization’s financial strategy and overseeing the system’s financial management functions, his responsibilities currently include oversight of the system’s Revenue Cycle, Legal, Risk Management, Audit, Compliance and Government Relations functions.
Mr. Gage is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a Masters of Business Administration degree. He is also a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University with a BBA in Finance.
Executive Vice President
Matt Girotto, is an Executive Vice President at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has been with Texas Children’s since completing his Administrative Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002. During his tenure he has held a variety of leadership roles throughout the organization most recently serving as the Sr. Vice President overseeing ambulatory access, capital approvals and the nation’s number one heart center. In his current role he is focused on anesthesiology, pathology, radiology, surgery, the heart center, physical, occupational and speech therapy, food and nutrition services, quality and safety, facilities operations and planning.
Matt holds Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s degrees in Health Administration and Human Resources from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, Matt serves on two boards that closely align with the mission and vision of Texas Children’s, LifeGift and Nora’s Home.
Executive Vice President
In her role as Executive Vice President, Tabitha is responsible for a variety of areas including Texas Children’s research enterprise, Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics. Tabitha has been part of the Texas Children’s family for more than two decades, after starting her career as an Administrative Fellow. During her tenure, she has led numerous strategic priorities at Texas Children’s including our ongoing and system-wide care coordination initiative.
After graduating from University of Pennsylvania in 1996, Tabitha earned a certificate in public health from Harvard, and then her MBA at Rice University in 2000.
Senior Vice President, Texas Children’s Austin
As Senior Vice President of Texas Children’s Austin, Russ Williams is tasked with executing forward-thinking ideas to amplify Texas Children’s mission and impressive expansion into the central Texas community.
Williams brings more than 20 years of successfully navigating complex health care systems with academic components to his role with Texas Children’s latest freestanding, state-of-the-art hospital and the other Austin facilities. By the end of 2024, he expects the Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin Campus to be so busy due to the safety and quality of care provided that further growth is needed.