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As the new Texas Health Commissioner, Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., leads one of the largest state agencies. He has a staff of 5,000, a $1.5 billion annual budget and some of the finest medical training from the Health Science Center.
Dr. Sanchez completed his residency in the department of family and community medicine in June 1991. He went into private practice in Austin before taking the reins as health commissioner on Nov. 1.
"Many of our faculty remember him well," said Carlos R. Jaén, professor and chairman of the department of family and community medicine. "This is an example of how, over the years, our Health Science Center has helped train health care leaders for Texas."
Dr. Sanchez was chief resident while working at the Health Science Center. Those who remember him said he demonstrated considerable leadership ability while working with the programs 35 other residents.
"He was very articulate and easy to approach," said Leonard Paul, M.D., chairman emeritus of family and community medicine. "It was very enjoyable to see his interest in patients a concern that began the first time he met them. To Dr. Sanchez, patients are more than their diagnoses."
Dr. Sanchez is the first Hispanic in Texas to hold the position of health commissioner. He is also a newly appointed clinical professor in the Health Science Centers department of family and community medicine.