Annamaria Macaluso Davidson of Memorial Hermann Health System

Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MD, MBA, vice president, employee medical operations, at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, is one of 10 emerging healthcare leaders featured in the annual Managed Healthcare feature.

Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MD, MBA

I grew up in Houston. After graduating with honors from Memorial High School, I graduated magna cum laude and cum laude from Texas A&M University in College Station.

After that, I received an MD from the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. I also have an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. I am certified in occupational and environmental medicine as well as medical grade.

I currently serve on the board of the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and as 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 legacy: hardworking men and women, skilled lifelong learners and educators, immigrants with great courage, love of medicine and a strong commitment to their community.

Keeping our workforce safe and caring for patients during the pandemic has been a challenge and also a privilege. There is so much benefit, dignity and power in work. Providing hands-on guidance to employers during the pandemic so that their staff can work safely has also been rewarding. I led an effort to implement new best-in-class, rapid molecular (COVID-19) testing in a variety of settings at Memorial Hermann, providing an improved clinical and patient experience.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in healthcare?

I grew up with 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 in the end chose medicine because I could practice education and incorporate it into my work. I saw firsthand the honor of the profession and the blessing of learning a skill and helping and serving others with those gifts. I am proud of my legacy. It inspires me daily.

What career achievement are you most proud of and why?

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work and train at Memorial Hermann in my younger years. But I am most proud to have achieved my current position. We have talented, compassionate and knowledgeable employees. And we have such a great purpose that drives our work: to improve the health of our community. In this role I get to work with companies in our city to improve the health of their staff and workplaces.

What is the most challenging part of your current position?

Tell the story of our work. So much good work is being done, but synthesizing, standardizing, creating and disseminating information and data within 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 healthcare?

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 continuously improve and strive to provide personalized and compassionate care to every member of the community. We value each other’s unique identity and contribution as we learn, design the customer and employee experience, and practice medicine.

If you could change one thing about American health care, what would it be?

To make healthcare workers feel valued and valued — restoring job satisfaction through community building, reducing waste, improving resilience and being purposeful.

How do you prevent a burnout?

I consistently remind myself 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 peace and refreshment: exercising, organizing (think “The Home Edit”!), cooking, entertaining, thanking and spending time with my husband, four children and extended family.

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