The recipient of the 2019 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award, Dr. Christopher Madden ’84 has made a life seeking historic discoveries in the pursuit of transforming patient care and eradicating neuro disease. His contributions to the science and medical communities have been both vast and significant, and have exemplified in an exceptional way a response to the challenge of all Jesuit Dallas graduates to live a life as God’s hands on Earth.
Madden was announced as vice president and chief operations officer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in July, 2019, after having spent the previous four years as the clinical director of the preeminent Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, which boasts the largest team of researchers and physicians in North Texas and whose staff has included six Nobel Prize winners.
As COO at UT Southwestern, Madden provides oversight for the Medical Group’s clinical practice and administrative functions at all areas of service, including UT Southwestern Hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Health, the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System, and all UTSW clinically affiliated partners.
An invited speaker at conferences and symposiums throughout the world, Madden has led numerous educational lectures in clinics and hospitals, presented at nearly two dozen national scientific meetings, and served as an investigator on numerous studies involving traumatic brain injury. Highly regarded in the health community for his innovation, passion, and leadership, Madden’s work has been published in over 60 medical and science publications spanning two decades.
Beginning his career in general surgery, and moving later to neurological surgery, at The Ohio State University Hospital, Madden spent one year at the internationally-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, on a fellowship in skull base surgery.
Madden’s affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center began in 2003 as an assistant professor of neurological surgery, after the Dallas native returned home to become chief of neurosurgery and medical director of the neurological ICU for the Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Rising through the administrative ranks, Madden served as chief medical officer at Parkland Hospital for three years beginning in 2012, and now at UT Southwestern, finds himself helping to govern a hospital that was recently named the No. 1 Best Hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year.
Madden, who received the Distinguished Physician Award at Parkland in 2007, was presented with the Lawrence J. Mervis Faculty Teaching Award for his contributions in the division of neurosurgery at Ohio State. He served as president of the Texas Association of Neurological Sciences in 2010, and has drawn considerable acclaim for his contributions to neuroscience by D Magazine and Best Doctors, Inc.
“I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to devote my life to medicine. The field is so multi-faceted, and I’m always learning. Our mission to improve patient care has led to tremendous advancements and saved countless lives. The work has been both thrilling and humbling.”
Madden will be officially presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the President’s Reception on May 31, 2020 at Union Station.