Hospitals & Clinics

Representatives of Hospitals & Clinics


Gopakumar Manikandseril (

Gopakumar (Gopa) has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years in United States and 9 years abroad. He started his Nursing career with an associate degree in nursing and completed Bachelors of Science in Nursing from AIIMS, India in 2000 and completed Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from Walden University, Minnesota in 2016.He has vast and diverse experience as a nurse working in two different countries and joined UTMB in 2003 as an SICU nurse. During nursing career at UTMB, he had the opportunity to work as a team leader, charge nurse, Mentor/Preceptor and Unit Educator. His experiences working with diverse patient populations, colleagues and physicians made him humble, flexible and a very efficient Nurse.

His leadership experiences include serving as Co-chair on All ICU Shared Leadership council, as an active member of SICU shared leadership council and Coordinating   council and currently serving as a member of Transfusion committee. During his term in All ICU Shared Leadership, we conducted several community outreach events like Organ donation, Stroke awareness and Trauma Prevention. He is an active volunteer for Galveston County Food Bank for last several years. He was very fortunate and proud to be part of New Jennie Sealy Hospital move team from planning phase through the actual move on April 9, 2016.

He likes to be a member of EAC to serve as a liaison between employees and UTMB leadership and relay ideas and concerns of employees to leadership. He believes that a responsible leader has the best interest of not only UTMB Healthcare but the employees at heart as well. He wants to be a member of EAC so as to be involved in all aspects of the work being done to promote a positive work environment.



Dawn Meyer (

D Meyer PicDawn has worked at UTMB for 12 years.  She began her career here as a Surgical Technologist progressed from there to an Associate Degree Nurse in 2008 and completed my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2013. She has experience in every surgical service as a surgical technologist as well as a circulating nurse. In the past she has Co-chaired our Shared Leadership and currently lead a committee. This particular committee focuses on keeping open communication within the members of the operating room and other departments; in turn this committee has aided her in solving interdisciplinary problems and ultimately improving patient care. She finds that in this ever-changing work environment of healthcare, maintaining a proactive attitude helps solve predicaments in a more efficient manner.  She truly enjoys working at UTMB and wants to be able to help this institution and its employees continue to prosper.





Jill Bryant (

Jill Bryant-Bova has been a registered nurse for 25 years. She is a Quality Management Specialist in the Quality & Healthcare Safety Department. Her role is to facilitate and support quality initiatives across the organization for improving quality and safe patient care. She collaborates with multiple departments, staff, and leadership to identify areas for improvement, set standards and clinical guidelines, define best practices, and ensure that UTMB meets accreditation and regulatory requirements. She utilizes data and creates analysis for the application of process change.

She has been in Quality for over six years. Her history with UTMB began prior to Hurricane Ike. She managed the acceptance of unsponsored patients to UTMB for cancer care. With dissolution of the department, she went to Texas Children’s Hospital and worked in the Quality and Outcomes Management Department. She finally returned to UTMB three years ago.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with clinical experience in critical and emergency care. She holds two certifications: Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC). She is currently a student at UTMB School of Nursing in the Masters of Nursing Executive Nurse Leader Program. She also served for the past three years on UTMB’s Diversity Council. Outside of UTMB, She is a member of the Texas-3 Disaster Medical Assistance Team for the Department of Health and Human Services as a supervisory nurse for national disasters and events.

Her broad spectrum of experiences and expertise help her support the Employee Advisory Council. She also feels it is essential for there to be collaboration between employees and executive leadership in the organization’s vision and strategic goals for the future. Ultimately, she is honored to serve on the Employee Advisory Council as a representative for UTMB employees.