The Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs advances the education and research mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch by strengthening research, innovation, decision-making, and relationships in all matters related to health policy.
Our team works to further UTMB’s knowledge and communication on health policy issues including workforce, access, reimbursement, reform, and community engagement– through data management, research, decision-support, and leadership. The office works to advance innovative models to improve access to health care that are effective in improving health and are cost efficient.
Over the past two 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 of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs in 2008. He previously served as vice president and chief executive officer for the Office of Community Health Services in 2006. He also has 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, 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 children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions. He also has extensive experience in 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 on a number of advisory panels and committees for various government agencies and professional organizations, including the Texas Health Institute, the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, and the Galveston County Health District United Board of Health. He has also served his local community as Galveston Chamber of Commerce executive board chair, chair of the Galveston Families, Children and Youth Board, and chair of Friends of Scouting.