Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MD, MBA, vice president, Medical Operations for Employee Health, at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, is one of 10 emerging healthcare leaders featured in the annual healthcare article. managed health.
Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MD, MBA
I grew up in Houston. After graduating cum laude from Memorial High School, I graduated magna cum laude and with honors from Texas A&M University in College Station.
After that, I earned an MD from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas at Houston. I also earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. I am certified in occupational and environmental medicine, as well as in medical quality.
I am currently a board member of the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a member of the Program Evaluation and Residency Advisory Committee for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.
My strong work ethic is inspired by my family’s heritage: hard working men and women, skilled lifelong learners and educators, immigrants with great courage, a love of medicine and a strong commitment to their communities.
Helping to keep our workforce safe and being able to care for patients during the pandemic has been a challenge and also a privilege. There are so many benefits, dignity and power in work. Providing practical guidance to employers throughout the pandemic so their staff can work safely has also been rewarding. I led an effort to implement new, first-in-class rapid molecular (COVID-19) tests in diverse settings across Memorial Hermann, providing an improved clinical and patient experience.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in healthcare?
I grew up around medicine. My father is a dentist and my grandfather is an allergist and pediatrician. The extended family is full of surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists and hospital administrators. Medicine has always been at the top of my list. I also thought about education, but ultimately opted for medicine because I could practice and incorporate education into my work. I have seen firsthand the honor of the profession and the blessing of learning a skill and helping and serving others through these gifts. I am proud of my heritage. He inspires me every day.
What professional achievement are you most proud of and why?
I am grateful to have been able to work and train during my early years with Memorial Hermann. But I am most proud to have reached my current position. We have a talented, caring and skilled workforce. And we have such a big goal that drives our work: to improve the health of our community. In this role, I work with businesses in our city to improve the health of their workforces and workplaces.
What is the hardest part of your current job?
Tell the story of our work. There is so much good work being done, but synthesizing, standardizing, creating and disseminating information and data across a large organization can be challenging. It’s also very inspiring to organize the details and create the visuals.
What is your organization doing to address equity in health care?
Memorial Hermann has wonderful partnerships with our community to create better access to care and resources in underserved communities, in the workplace, and in our community at large. We are continually improving, striving to provide personalized and compassionate care to every member of the community. We value everyone’s unique identity and contribution as we learn, design the client and employee experience, and practice medicine.
If you could change one thing about healthcare in the United States, what would it be?
Ensure healthcare workers feel valued and appreciated – bringing joy back to work by building community, reducing waste, improving resilience and doing goal-oriented work.
How to avoid burnout?
I am constantly reminded of the purpose of my work: to improve the health of our communities, to honor and support my family, and to work with excellence for the Lord. There are also practical tools that bring rest and refreshment: working out, organizing (think “The Home Edit”!), cooking, entertaining, giving thanks, and spending time with my husband, four kids, and extended family.
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