Dr. Harry Gibbs will address Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) students on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the LCAE Distinguished Lecture Series. His presentation, “The Feds Are Coming: Discussing New Compliance Issues in Health Care,” will be held in UTC 2.112A from 5-6 p.m.
Gibbs is an associate professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and is the chief diversity officer at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He’s also adjunct professor in the School of Health Sciences in Houston, Texas. In his role as chief diversity officer, he serves as the director of institutional programs and initiatives related to diversity issues. Gibbs has designed, developed, and produced workshops and seminars, both internal and multi-center, focused on minority faculty and staff development. His work includes diversity initiatives for organizational advancement, mentoring, and cross-cultural communications. He is the chair of M.D. Anderson’s Diversity Council and a member of the American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare, part of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management
A New York native, Gibbs received a B.S. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. After several tours as an Air Force officer and practicing cardiologist, Dr. Gibbs joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1990 as a cardiologist. He has also received postgraduate training at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Newfield Network Certified Coach Training Program. He currently serves as the chair of the board of directors for the Texas Diversity Council.
His experiences as a physician, educator, administrator and cancer survivor have given Gibbs a unique and multifaceted view of the healthcare system and the role that culture plays in it. As a certified mediator as well as an executive coach, he is aware of the challenges faced by diverse individuals in the competitive environment of academic medicine.