UTHealth names new Public Affairs leader

HOUSTON – (June 21, 2013) – Karen Krakower Kaplan, a communications professional with more than  20 years of experience in the Texas Medical Center, has been named assistant vice president for public affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Kaplan has a long-standing history of service to the Office of Public Affairs, having returned to UTHealth as a writer, editor and communications officer three times since 1978. Most recently, Kaplan served as the interim leader of Public Affairs, championing the next phase of the UTHealth brand, the 40th anniversary of the university, and myriad communications and marketing initiatives. She served as director of university communications and publications since 2009, in addition to serving for 10 years as editor of UTHealth’s award-winning HealthLeader, an online wellness magazine with a worldwide subscriber base.

“We are delighted that Karen has agreed to lead the Office of Public Affairs,” said Kevin Dillon, M.B.A., C.P.A., senior executive vice president, chief operating and financial officer at UTHealth. “Her experience coupled with her passion for UTHealth will no doubt help to increase awareness of UTHealth both within the Greater Houston community and beyond.”

As assistant vice president, Kaplan will provide leadership to UTHealth’s four public affairs teams, which include communications, media relations, web communications, and special events and design. Her priorities include communicating about and promoting UTHealth and its six schools while continuing to work closely with the Office of the President and the Office of Development.

“From the classroom, to the lab, to the bedside, there are great stories to tell – six different ways,” Kaplan said. “In Public Affairs we’re fortunate to live in a constant state of inspiration simply by coming to work each day. We get to tell the stories of exceptional people doing life-changing work and in the telling, we’re allowed to play a bit part in advancing human health.”

Kaplan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Since then, she has had a successful career as a writer, editor, lecturer, public relations professional and community volunteer. Karen’s work has appeared in more than 50 publications and has garnered her numerous awards for writing. She has two children – Brittney Naaman and Andy Krakower – and is married to Sam Kaplan, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chairman of UTHealth Medical School’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

About UTHealth:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) was established in 1972 as Houston’s health university. The most comprehensive academic health center in The UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informaticsbiomedical sciencesdentistrymedicinenursing and public health. UTHealth educates more health care professionals than any health-related institution in the State of Texas and features the nation’s sixth-largest medical school and the highest ranked nursing graduate school in Texas. It also includes a psychiatric hospital and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical CenterChildren's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. For more information, visit www.uth.edu.

Meredith Raine
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