Amanda Spielman
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Amanda Spielman – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UTHealth Neurosciences

Attributing much of her success to her desire to help people who are sick or hurt, Amanda Spielman began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in business from Louisiana State University in 1997. During this time, she was in a car accident that resulted in severe injuries and a significant hospital stay. While the nurses who cared for her did their best, they did not have much experience with traumatic wound care, which led to some of Ms. Spielman’s injuries becoming infected. This experience led her to have a new appreciation for how important it is that patients be treated by the right care team. After earning a Master of Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in 1999, she embarked on her career as a health care executive with the Memorial Hermann Health System in 2004.

Ms. Spielman worked for the Memorial Hermann Health System from 2004 to 2018, first serving as the chief of hospital operations from 2004 to 2015 and then as the senior vice president of neurosciences from 2015 to 2018. In 2018, she joined UTHealth Neurosciences, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, as the senior vice president and chief operating officer. In her current positions, she is responsible for overseeing a number of faculty affairs with the physicians on staff; strategic decision making, which includes everything from expansion and consolidation to patient care; as well as finance budgeting, clinical operations, providing performance data, and more.

Above everything, Ms. Spielman takes great joy in being able to help ensure that patients receive the care they need. She often tells her staff to remember that, while they have been with patients hundreds of times, this is the patient’s first time and they do not know what is happening. For example, while a nurse may know that a headache post-surgery is normal, the patient doesn’t know that, so it’s important to be able to put yourself in the patient’s shoes. Having accomplished much over the course of her career, Ms. Spielman considers her most notable achievement to be recruiting over 150 faculty members and helping to build up a renowned physician’s group that provides high quality care alongside conducting groundbreaking research.

Holding considerable expertise in executive leadership, Ms. Spielman spent seven years working for Compaq, a computer company, in marketing, business development and sales prior to entering the field of health care. After her time with the computer company, her past hospital experience, combined with her desire for a career where she could contribute more to society, drove her to change her career trajectory to health care, where she has excelled ever since. Through her work, she has also contributed to various professional articles on accountable care organizations and quality programs.

For her excellence, Ms. Spielman has been the recipient of a number of honors and accolades over the course of her career. Most recently, she was named to the Top 50 Health Care Professionals of 2021 by the National Diversity Council. She had previously been recognized by the Houston chapter of the National Diversity Council as one of their Power 50 in 2018 and by the Houston Business Journal as one of their Women in Business in 2017. Furthermore, Ms. Spielman has been honored as a Marquis Who’s Who listee and will be appearing the upcoming print edition of Who’s Who of Professional Women.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Spielman’s main goals are to continue to learn and to help others solve problems. She has lived her life by the motto, “It’s not about doing what’s right or what’s wrong. It’s all about doing what’s right for the patient,” and hopes to leave a legacy as someone who went to great lengths to lead her organization to excellence. To young and aspiring professionals, Ms. Spielman would advise putting in the time and energy to learn as much as they can, spending time with people and building relationships. In addition, she would advise women that health care administration has traditionally been a very male dominated field and they should therefore try and prepare themselves to be as knowledgeable as possible.

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