Richard E. Wainerdi and the Texas Medical Center - Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History (Hardback)
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Richard E. Wainerdi and the Texas Medical Center - Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History (Hardback)

(author), (foreword), (author of introduction and notes)
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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/10/2017
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In 2012, Richard E. Wainerdi retired as president and chief executive officer of the Texas Medical Center after almost three decades at the helm. During his tenure, Wainerdi oversaw the expansion of the center into the world's largest medical complex, hosting more than fifty separate institutions. "I wasn't playing any of the instruments, but it's been a privilege being the conductor," he once said to a newspaper reporter.

William Henry Kellar traces Wainerdi's remarkable life story from a bookish childhood in the Bronx to a bold move west to study petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Wainerdi went on to earn a master's degree and a PhD from Penn State University where he immersed himself in nuclear engineering. By the late 1950s, Texas A&M University recruited Wainerdi to found the Nuclear Science Center, where he also served as professor and later associate vice president for academic affairs.

In the 1980s, Wainerdi took charge of the Texas Medical Center, embarking on a "second career" that ultimately expanded the center from thirty-one institutions to fifty-three and increased its size threefold. Wainerdi pushed for and ensured a culture of collaboration and cooperation. In doing this, he developed a new nonprofit administrative model that emphasized building consensus, providing vital support services, and connecting member institutions with resources that enabled them to focus on their unique areas of expertise. At a time when Houston was widely known as the "energy capital of the world," the city also became home to the largest medical complex in the world. Wainerdi's success was to enable each member of the Texas Medical Center to be an integral part of something bigger and something very special in the development of modern medicine.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623495749
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Richard E. Wainerdi and the Texas Medical Center presents a remarkable and inspiring story of how one extraordinary individual with vision and leadership skills along with experienced academic and corporate
know-how influenced and guided the growth of Houston's international treasure--the Texas Medical Center" Bryant Boutwell, author of John P. McGovern, MD: A Lifetime of Stories-- (07/14/2017)
"William Henry Kellar has produced an excellent biography of Richard Wainerdi, an important figure in the history of Texas A &M University and the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Kellar, a leading historian of the TMC, has a talent for writing institutional histories around the lives of individuals. Wainerdi's life story is extraordinarily interesting, and this book is a useful and engaging addition to our knowledge of the history of the Houston region" -- Joseph A. Pratt, author of Exxon: Transforming Energy, 1973-2005 and co-editor of Energy Capitals: Local Impact, Global Influence-- (07/24/2017)

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