Deb Brown and Dr. Mark Shen Promoted at Dell Children’s Medical Center



Deb Brown, RN, BSN, MHA, has been promoted to vice president for Patient Care Services and chief operating officer for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. She has been serving as interim chief operating officer of the region’s leading freestanding pediatric facility since June 2013. She has been a critical member of the team in establishing the medical center’s reputation for quality and innovation.

Deb has assumed chief nursing officer responsibilities as part of her daily operations role, streamlining operations and decision-making. She will continue to participate as a member of Nursing Executive Council and Operators Council.

At the same time, Mark Shen, MD, has been promoted to president of Dell Children’s. This marks the first time a physician leads a Ascension Seton hospital.

Mark will continue to guide the strategic direction of Dell Children’s, as he has while serving as the interim president since June 2013. Mark will continue to report to Bob Bonar, president and CEO, Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals, and will continue to work closely with the Clinical Enterprise and Insurance divisions as Ascension Seton collaborates with pediatricians to build a Clinically Integrated Network.

Reporting to Mark are Deb, Physician-in-Chief Dr. Moise Levy and Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Robert Schlechter.

Deb graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 1990, and then worked 17 years at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in various staff and leadership roles, including bedside nursing in the pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department; director of the trauma service line & emergency services network; and director of transport services. Deb successfully led the development and implementation of the State of Texas’ first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center as accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

Deb subsequently developed the trauma service line at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and was successful in gaining accreditation for the organization as the State of Arizona’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. With her knowledge in program development and implementation, Deb initiated the development of the Children’s Neurosciences Institute prior to returning to Austin in 2009 to lead the trauma service line at Dell Children’s.

Since her arrival, Deb has served in a number of roles to support Dell Children’s mission beyond her role as trauma service line director – planning and opening a new patient care tower; expansion of pediatric specialty services in rural Central Texas; and strategic planning for our entire pediatric ministry.

Mark directed the pediatric hospitalist group Pediatric Consultation and Referral Service at Dell Children’s from 2007 to 2013. More recently, he helped develop Children’s Comprehensive Care, a pilot clinic for the most medically complex children in Central Texas.

Mark has longstanding interests in medical education and clinical quality. He has been active both regionally and nationally in pediatric hospital medicine in a variety of committee and editorial roles. He received an Outstanding Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Project award at the UT Clinical Safety & Effectiveness conference in 2011 for a national collaborative to improve communication between hospital and primary care provider when patients leave the hospital. In 2012, he received the Ruth M. Bain Young Physician of the Year Award from the Travis County Medical Society.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.