January 21, 2014
For 17 years, he’s been on the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, and he’s served as director of stroke services as well as professor of neurology and epidemiology. He also directs UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, helping accelerate research to improve healthcare and securing partnerships with biotech companies, foundations and private funders.
Oh, and he founded the Center for Healthcare Value, where he’s worked to create new models for innovative healthcare delivery – a lot, we hope, like he’ll be doing here. (He’ll also continue to treat patients as a doctor here.)
Well, we aced that test. The hope and promise for this project are being fulfilled.
We took that hope and made a leap of faith by voting to help fund the med school with our taxes.
I say all the time that hope matters. Dr. Johnston gets that. He’s going to help us land our leap of faith. We’ve invested a lot of money and emotion in this project; he’s the one who’s going to realize that investment.
If you talk with Dr. Johnston for five minutes, you can hear his excitement. He envisions a top-flight medical school, built in partnership with this community around the demands of 21st Century healthcare. The process he’ll lead will bring Central Texas a new institution free of the biases and baggage that’s made it so hard for so many to adapt to this landscape.
He knows what we hope to achieve. He’s creating a plan for achieving it. And he has the commitment, drive and intelligence to follow through.
He will succeed. And his success will be all of ours. Our community’s confident, positive, big vision moves significantly closer to reality today.
So welcome to Austin, Dr. Johnston. We’re very, very happy to have you.