Senior Vice President
Health Policy & Legislative Affairs
Over the past three decades, Dr. Ben Raimer has held numerous academic and administrative positions at UTMB. A tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Raimer was appointed senior vice president for health policy and legislative affairs in 2008. He previously served as vice president for the Office of Community Outreach, chief physician executive for UTMB Correctional Managed Care, medical director of the UTMB Primary Care Outpatient Clinics, CEO for Community Health Services, and chief physician executive for UT-MED (The Group Practice of Medicine at UTMB).
Dr. Raimer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He holds an undergraduate degree in biology from East Texas Baptist University, a master’s degree in human genetics from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate from the UTMB School of Medicine. Since completing an internship and residency in pediatrics at UTMB in 1977, he has provided community-based medical care to scores of young patients living in Galveston and neighboring counties. Much of his practice has been devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. A nationally recognized expert on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, he has been honored by several state and national children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions. He also has extensive experience in health care practice management, correctional health care and telemedicine and has published numerous articles on these topics.
In addition to the many hats he wears at UTMB, Dr. Raimer serves as Chairman of the Texas Health and Human Services Council. He has previously served on a number of advisory panels and committees for various government agencies and professional organizations, including the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Center for the Elimination of Disparities and Disproportionality and the Galveston County Health District United Board of Health. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of East Texas Baptist University, and serves on the Governing Councils of both the Texas Pediatric Society and the Texas Association of Public Health. He is actively engaged with UTMB students' global and community health volunteer programs.