Former NIH exec joins Texas A&M University to lead its engineering health program

Texas A&M University in College Station appointed Roderic I. Pettigrew, MD, PhD, as CEO of its new interdisciplinary engineering health program, known as "EnHealth," the university announced Nov. 8.

Dr. Pettigrew's positions as CEO of EnHealth and executive dean of EnMed, the engineering medicine program that the university launched with Houston Methodist Hospital last summer, will go into effect in November. Texas A&M University officials said they expect EnMed, which will accept its inaugural class in fall 2019, to be among the largest engineering-based medical degree programs in the U.S.

"This is a tremendously exciting initiative founded on a sound concept that has been emerging internationally for years," Dr. Pettigrew said of the EnHealth program. "At its core is the understanding that the most effective and efficient solutions to our most daunting healthcare challenges will come from approaches that integrate all of the sciences and engineering."

Dr. Pettigrew previously served as founding director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

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