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John M. Zerwas, MD

Executive Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs

The University of Texas System

John M. Zerwas joined The University of Texas System as executive vice chancellor for health affairs in October 2019. He provides oversight and guidance for the six health institutions that make up the UT System, one of the largest networks of academic health institutions in the country. In March 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Dr. Zerwas to the Supply Chain Strike Force to assist with hospital and healthcare preparedness related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also serves on the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Prior to joining UT System, Dr. Zerwas served the citizens of Texas House District 28 for seven legislative terms in the Texas House of Representatives. A physician for more than 30 years, Dr. Zerwas is past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In 1996, he co-founded a Houston area group practice, which became part of U.S. Anesthesia Partners in 2012. He remained active in the practice until 2019.


The Physician Leadership Imperative in Times of Crisis

Presented by John M. Zerwas, MD, Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FACHE, FASA, Paul Pomerantz, FACHE at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 26th.

Physician leadership has become essential as health systems must navigate system transformation and value-based care/population health. COVID-19 has accelerated this trend, with physicians playing critical roles to adapt system capacity, maintain essential services and fiscal health, address supply chain issues, ensure workforce and patient safety, and strengthen workforce resilience. Because of the novel nature of…