Steve C. Stuyck MPH, Oral History Interview June 11, 2013

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Steve C. Stuyck MPH, Oral History Interview June 11, 2013

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Major Topics Covered:

  • Personal and educational background
  • The Department/Office of Public Affairs: history and evolution of; services developed and encompassed; innovative activities to serve faculty, administration, patients
  • Public Affairs and support of cancer prevention, education, philanthropy/development

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StuyckSC_01_20130611

Publication Date

6-11-2013

Publisher

The Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas Cancer Center

City

Houston, Texas

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Topics Covered

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas System. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject:

Stephen [Steve] C. Stuyck, (b. 1 July 1941, White Plains, New Jersey) came to Houston in 1972 to take a job as Director of Public Information for the University of Texas Medical School and for MD Anderson. In 1975 the Information Office was reorganized, and Mr. Stuyck came to work exclusively for MD Anderson. During his forty years of service to MD Anderson Mr. Stuyck served successively as Director of Public Information and Education (1975 – 1985), Principle Investigator for the Cancer Information Service Contract (NCI, 1975 – 2012), Assistant to the President (1981 – 1986), Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs (1985 – 1988), Associate Vice President for Public Affairs (1988 – 1999), and Vice President for Public Affairs. (He received his Masters of Public Health in 1999.) Mr. Stuyck served in the latter role from 2000 until his retirement at the end of 2012.

Under Mr. Stuyck’s leadership, the Public Affairs office was twice awarded a Premier Performance Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (in 1992 and 1997, one of only three institutions at the time to receive the award twice).

Original Interview Profile #38: Steve C. Stuyck, MPH
Submitted by: Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D.
Date revised: 10 July 2014

This interview with Stephen [Steve] C. Stuyck, (b. 1 July 1941, White Plains, New Jersey) takes place in over three sessions in June of 2013 (total duration, approximately 4 hours 10 minutes). The sessions take place in the Reading Room of the Historical Resources Center in Pickens Tower on the main campus of MD Anderson. Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D. is the interviewer.

Mr. Stuyck received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and secured a job in public information at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston after graduation. The caring dimension of medicine inspired him to continue to work with the medical field. In 1969, however, he was drafted and went to Vietnam in 1970 as a public information specialist. He was discharged in 1971 and returned to the University of Texas at Austin for graduate work, though he left in 1972 to take a job as Director of Public Information for the University of Texas Medical School and for MD Anderson. In 1975 the Information Office was reorganized, and Mr. Stuyck came to work exclusively for MD Anderson. During his forty years of service to MD Anderson Mr. Stuyck served successively as Director of Public Information and Education (1975 – 1985), Principle Investigator for the Cancer Information Service Contract (NCI, 1975 – 2012), Assistant to the President (1981 – 1986), Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs (1985 – 1988), Associate Vice President for Public Affairs (1988 – 1999), and Vice President for Public Affairs. (He received his Masters of Public Health in 1999.) Mr. Stuyck served in the latter role from 2000 until his retirement at the end of 2012. Under his leadership, the Public Affairs office was twice awarded a Premier Performance Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (in 1992 and 1997, one of only three institutions at the time to receive the award twice).

In these sessions, Mr. Stuyck reveals how Public Affairs at MD Anderson evolved along with the institution, eventually encompassing a unique, broad, and innovative range of activities to serve the many needs of faculty, the administration, and patients. Mr. Stuyck discusses his close working relationships with three MD Anderson presidents, Dr. Charles LeMaistre, Dr. John Mendelsohn, and Dr. Ronald DePinho. He describes working with them to create MD Anderson’s reputation and brand and to manage public relations challenges. Mr. Stuyck is passionate about MD Anderson and what it can offer to patients and to its employees, and he spices his discussions with many revealing stories and articulate expressions of the institution’s mission and values.

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