Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MBA, MBA, Vice President and Staff Medical Operations at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, is one of the 10 rising healthcare leaders featured in the annual Managed Healthcare Feature.
Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, MD, MBA
I grew up in Houston. After graduating summa cum laude from Memorial High School, she graduated summa cum laude and summa cum laude from Texas A&M University at College Station.
After that, she received her MD from University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine in Houston. She also earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. I am board certified in occupational and environmental medicine, as well as medical quality.
I currently serve as a board member of the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and as a member of the Advisory Committee for Program Evaluation and Residency for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at McGovern College of Medicine at UTHealth Houston.
My strong work ethic is inspired by my family’s legacy: hard-working men and women, educated and skilled lifelong teachers, courageous immigrants, love of medicine and a firm commitment to their communities.
Helping keep our workforce safe and able to care for patients during the pandemic has also been a challenge and a privilege. There is such utility, dignity and strength in work. Providing practical guidance to employers throughout the pandemic so that their employees can work safely has also been rewarding. You have led an effort to implement best-in-class rapid molecular testing (COVID-19) in a variety of 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 a pediatrician. The extended family is full of surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists, and hospital administrators. Medicine has always been at the top of my list. I thought about education as well but in the end I decided on medicine because I was able to practice education and incorporate it into my work. I saw for myself the honor of a profession and the blessing of learning a skill and helping and serving others through those gifts. I am proud of my legacy. inspires me daily.
What career achievement are you most proud of and why?
I am grateful that I was able to work and train during my early years with Memorial Hermann. But I am very proud to have achieved my current position. We have a talented, compassionate and skilled workforce. And we have a great goal driving our work: improving the health of our community. In this position, I work with companies across our city to improve the health of their workforce and workplaces.
What is the most challenging part of your current position?
It tells the story of our business. There is a lot of good work being done, but gathering, standardizing, creating, and disseminating information and data across a large organization can be challenging. It’s also really 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 improved access to care and resources in underserved communities, in the workplace and in our community as a whole. We are constantly evolving, and we look forward to providing personalized and compassionate care to every member of the community. We value each other’s unique identity and contribution as we learn and design the client and employee experience and practice medicine.
If you could change one thing in US healthcare, what would it be?
To make sure the healthcare workforce feels valued and appreciated – restoring joy at work by building community, reducing waste, improving resilience and doing purpose-driven work.
How do you avoid fatigue?
I constantly 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 distinction with the Lord. There are also practical tools that bring comfort and refreshment: exercise, organizing (think “The Home Edit”!), cooking, entertaining, giving thanks and spending time with my husband, four kids, and a large family.