James T. Willerson, M.D., Discovery Hall
Former UT Health Science Center at Houston President James T. Willerson, M.D., stands in the main hall that now bears his name at The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases. Development Board members, faculty and community members came together to sponsor the naming of the hall in Willerson's honor. "This is a well-deserved recognition for a leader who seeks no recognition," said Thomas Caskey, M.D., director and CEO of the IMM. "The naming is for all those in the community who participate in the IMM's vision - past, present and future." Willerson, now president and medical director of Texas Heart Institute, joined the faculty of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1989, from UT Southwestern in Dallas. He served as chairman of Internal Medicine until his appointment as the fourth president of the health science center, a position he held from 2001 to 2008.