Office of the Dean

From Dean Diane Santa Maria 

It has been my honor to lead Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth since August 2018, first as dean ad interim then as dean as of September 1, 2020. I am proud and humbled to work among people who have chosen to dedicate themselves to the profession of nursing – to caring for others in their most desperate hours, to finding solutions that help us return to health, to discovering ways to prevent disease and promote well-being, and to providing the best nursing education for our students – while also being lifelong learners ourselves. 

Our students come from diverse backgrounds to study in one of the nation’s most diverse cities. We are now educating more bachelor’s-prepared nurses and providing graduate education for more nurses than ever. Our contributions to a broad range of nursing research are continuing to grow with substantial increases in grant submissions and federal funding. 

At Cizik School of Nursing, we do not rest on our past accomplishments. We continuously seek ways to enhance our students’ educational opportunities, improve health outcomes, and make new discoveries. For example, our expanded and remodeled simulation lab helps students prepare for real-world patient care, and our new Smart Apartment is a living laboratory for testing technology that will help our aging populations remain in their own homes as long as possible. 

Our mission is to develop today’s students, nurses, staff, and faculty into tomorrow’s leaders in nursing practice, education, and research. Our students, at all degree levels, are proud to come here because of who we are, how we stretch them to become exceptional nurses, and how we raise each other up to be the best we can be. No matter where you are on your educational or professional path, I encourage you to learn more about the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. 

Dean's Office and Staff

Diane M Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN

Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair
Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership (Email Diane M Santa Maria)
Dean, Cizik School of Nursing

Pamela J. Nugent

Senior Executive Assistant (Email Pamela J. Nugent)

Michelle Thomas

Executive Services Administrator (Email Michelle Thomas)

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston — Cizik School of Nursing
6901 Bertner Avenue Suite 887
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 500-2002 (phone)
(713) 500-2007 (fax)