Discovery embodies many important aspects to both medical education and healing, and having a dean who understood its importance was critical. Mitchell Goldman, MD, assistant dean for Research, said, “He was the right man for the right time.”
As dean, Neutens influenced significant growth in scholarly activity, encouraging faculty and residents to participate in national and international presentations as well as publish original research in peer-reviewed journals.
As an educational institution for physicians, healing patients is the ultimate goal. The UTGSM clinical partner, University Health Systems Inc., spearheads most of these endeavors; however, Dean Neutens has been instrumental in several key areas of growth.
During his tenure, Dentistry, formerly a division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, formed its own department. Also, Urology, formerly a division of General Surgery, formed its own department. This benefits patients through the ability to recruit prominent physicians up-to-date on the most advanced and latest techniques in health care.
W. Bedford Waters, MD, chairman, Department of Urology, said, "One of Dean Neutens's priorities was for Urology to become a separate department before his retirement. He was very instrumental in making it become a reality, and I am forever grateful to him for this. He has truly been a leader and a friend."
Family Medicine also expanded its clinic, University Family Physicians, adding more patient rooms and creating a more holistic approach to its health care.
Preston Medical Library expanded its facilities and its services in educating the medical center community as well as the public in health literacy and health information.
Overall, Dean Neutens’s strength was in seeing a big picture. Amy Paganelli, assistant dean for Finance and Administration said, “Dr. Neutens was thorough in researching facts before making a decision.”
In 2009 he enlisted assistance through the formation of the Board of Visitors, a diverse group of community leaders to advise and assist him in strategic planning, development, community outreach and implementation of short-term and long-term goals.