Critical Care service welcomed Dr. Holly Hutchins as this year’s visiting professor

Every year, the Department of Critical Care invites a leader in their field to be their honored guest as part of the Thomas A. Vargo Visiting Professorship. This year’s visiting professor was Dr. Holly Hutchins, vice provost of Faculty Success at the University of North Texas.

In her current role, Dr. Hutchins supports the University of North Texas’ diverse faculty resource groups, oversees faculty mentoring and developmental grants and initiatives, and the leadership fellow programs within academic affairs. She is the recipient of multiple grants and has multiple peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals. She has been featured in global media outlets such as NPR, the BBC, Psychology Today and The Guardian for her work on Imposter Phenomenon among higher education faculty.

During her visit and in her presentation to key faculty members, Dr. Hutchins explored the roots of Imposter Phenomenon, research to date on the subject, its presence in today’s society, and how one can address this. As a result of the stresses of the pandemic, her particular area of study has become increasing relevant and applicable to intensivists, both in their work and non-work lives.

“We were privileged to have Dr. Hutchins join us this year as a visiting professor,” said Texas Children’s Interim Chief of Critical Care Dr. Fernando Stein. “This is such an important and timely topic as many of us are coping with the stress and self-doubt brought on from the pandemic, and her research and insight was extremely valuable and informative.”

Click here to learn more about Dr. Holly Hutchins.

About the Thomas A. Vargo Visiting Professorship

Texas Children’s founded the Thomas A. Vargo Visiting Professorship in honor of Vargo’s service as the first chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the first full-time medical director of Texas Children’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), a position he accepted in 1979 at the personal request of legendary Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Ralph D. Feigin.

Dr. Vargo was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California and received his bachelor’s degree from George Pepperdine College and his medical degree from UCLA. After spending two years in the United States Air Force in Florida, Vargo joined Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s in 1968 to train in Cardiology with Drs. Dan McNamara and Denton Cooley. Vargo has remained in Houston since, serving as a professor of Pediatrics at Baylor. In that time, he laid the foundation for Texas Children’s world-class Critical Care service, which now has 80 attending physicians, 40 advanced practice providers, 10 physician instructors and 20 fellows, admitting more than 7,000 patients annually to the critical care units at our Texas Medical Center campus, West Campus and The Woodlands.