Facts and Figures
UT Southwestern is an academic medical center, world-renowned for its research, widely respected for its teaching and training, and highly regarded for the quality of clinical care its faculty provides to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and its affiliated hospitals.
The Medical Center has three degree-granting institutions: UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
- The schools train more than 4,700 medical, graduate, and health professions students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows each year.
- Ongoing support from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, along with foundations, individuals, and corporations, provide approximately $415.5 million per year to fund more than 3,300 research projects.
- Faculty and residents provide care to nearly 92,000 hospitalized patients and oversee more than 2.1 million outpatient visits a year.
- UT Southwestern has about 13,800 employees and an operating budget of nearly $2.3 billion.
UT Southwestern’s three-part mission is:
- To educate the next generation of leaders in patient care, biomedical science, and disease prevention.
- To conduct high-impact research.
- To deliver patient care that brings UT Southwestern's scientific advances to the bedside – focusing on quality, safety, and service.
UT Southwestern Medical School
One of four (and soon to be six) medical schools in the UT System, UT Southwestern admits about 230 students each year.
Beginning in 2015, UTSW will institute a curriculum in which medical students are taught in three distinct periods – pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-clerkship – over their four years of education. The first 18 months is focused on building knowledge in basic and clinical sciences through rich team-based learning experiences. The 48-week clerkship period is designed to provide the opportunity to explore clinical fields, with rotations in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, neurology, and family medicine. The post-clerkship, over the fourth year, includes a sub-internship as well as electives designed to build strengths in the student’s chosen field.
The Medical Scientist Training Program prepares individuals for medical careers that will include biomedical research as well as the application of research discoveries to the practice of medicine. The program awards combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. With major financial support from the National Institutes of Health and other sources, the program provides fellowships to more than 85 exceptionally talented medical scientists.
Faculty members continue to educate physicians beyond medical school. As the largest training program in Texas, they annually train nearly 1,600 clinical residents who are supplementing their M.D. education with postgraduate specialty and subspecialty training. Faculty members also provide continuing medical education. Attendance in 2014 totaled more than 63,000 participants at about 150 activities.
Faculty members also serve as educational resources to thousands of science teachers at hundreds of schools in North Texas through the Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) program.
UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The Graduate School, with more than 450 predoctoral and 540 postdoctoral students enrolled, educates biomedical scientists, counselors, and engineers. Programs lead to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees and certificates.
Future scientists are trained to investigate basic life processes from the molecule to the whole animal. Students pursue their majors in the laboratories of some of the world's most distinguished researchers.
Twelve Ph.D. programs are offered in the Graduate School. These include Biological Chemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Regulation, Genetics and Development, Immunology, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Microbiology, and Neuroscience in the basic sciences, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (a joint program with UT Arlington). In addition, a master's degree and a certificate are offered in Clinical Science. Postdoctoral certificates are offered in Research, Advanced Research, Cancer, Educational Techniques, Obesity and Metabolism, and Scientific Management.
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
In addition to physicians, myriad professionals care for the sick and injured, perform diagnostic tests, and provide therapy for physically and mentally challenged individuals. These are health professionals, and their jobs span many areas of health care.
About 340 students are enrolled in the School of Health Professions. The school offers master's degrees in Clinical Nutrition, Physician Assistant Studies, Prosthetics–Orthotics, and Rehabilitation Counseling; a doctoral professional degree in Physical Therapy; and a certificate program in Radiation Therapy.
The excellence of any educational institution is determined by the caliber of its faculty. UT Southwestern's faculty has many distinguished members, including:
- Six Nobel Prize recipients since 1985:
- Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the basic mechanism of cholesterol metabolism. Dr. Goldstein is Chair of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern. Dr. Brown directs the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease.
- Johann Deisenhofer, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at UT Southwestern, shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using X-ray crystallography to describe the structure of a protein involved in photosynthesis.
- Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., a Regental Professor Emeritus, shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of G proteins and the role they play in the complex processes by which cells communicate with each other. Dr. Gilman last served as Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, and prior to that, as Chair of Pharmacology.
- Bruce Beutler, M.D., Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense, shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other scientists for their immune system investigations. Dr. Beutler was honored for the discovery of receptor proteins that recognize disease-causing agents and activate innate immunity, the first step in the body’s immune response.
- Thomas Südhof, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience and former chair of the department at UT Southwestern Medical Center, shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other scientists for their discoveries about how cellular transport systems work. Dr. Südhof, now at Stanford University School of Medicine, was recognized for his pioneering work performed at UT Southwestern on synaptic transmission, the process by which brain cells communicate with each other via chemical signals passed through the spaces, or synapses, between them.
- 23 members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors attainable by an American scientist.
- 19 members of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine.
Research is the cornerstone upon which world-class medical education and patient care are built.
Investigations into cancer, neuroscience, heart disease and stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and many other fields keep UT Southwestern at the forefront of medical progress.
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, an elite distinction held by only the top-tier cancer centers nationwide. The Simmons Cancer Center is the only medical center in North Texas to attain this prestigious status, which the NCI bestows upon the nation’s premier cancer centers in recognition of innovative research and excellence in patient care.
The new Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, a component of the Harold and Annette Simmons Comprehensive Center for Research and Treatment in Brain and Neurological Disorders at UT Southwestern, will focus the Medical Center’s strengths in basic and translational research on various types of brain injury and conditions, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Institute also will promote brain injury education and prevention. The Texas Legislature provided $15 million for the current biennium – the largest allocation for a brain injury initiative in state history.
UT Southwestern launched the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine in 2014 to impact human health through discoveries of the fundamental mechanisms of tissue formation and repair, using this knowledge to develop transformative strategies and medicines to enhance tissue regeneration.
The Medical Center has 13 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators and one Early Career Scientist on campus. In 1986 the HHMI selected UT Southwestern to house one of its 12 principal laboratories nationwide. Counted among the nation’s largest philanthropies, HHMI has invested more than $7 billion in direct support over the past decade alone for research and science education of the country’s most creative and promising scientists.
At UT Southwestern, research on basic life processes and research on specific diseases go hand in hand. Investigators’ discoveries form the foundation for new ways to prevent or treat disease.
Nearly 80 researchers have come through the Medical Center's acclaimed Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science and many have established themselves as leaders in their fields.
The physician faculty offers patient care at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Health℠, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, VA North Texas Health Care System, and other affiliated hospitals and clinics in Dallas, Fort Worth, and other North Texas communities. Faculty physicians, residents, and health care professionals at UT Southwestern provide about $135.7 million in unreimbursed clinical services annually.
The University's hospitals, located in the Clements and Zale Lipshy buildings, offer patients superior care and outstanding service provided by a highly trained staff. The hospitals are a crucial component to the Medical Center’s further development and its delivery of world-class patient care while supporting the Medical Center’s commitment to clinical and translational research, as well as education and training, reflecting all three core missions.
Zale Lipshy University Hospital is home to one of the world’s premier neurological treatment centers. Its neuroangiography unit is a vitally important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease. Physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with neurovascular disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other neurologic diseases as well as neurologic malignancies. Other specialties include urology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, and rehabilitation.
A new $800 million state-of-the-art clinical facility – the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital – opened in late 2014. The 12-floor, 460-bed hospital replaced St. Paul University Hospital. Named in honor of the legendary Texas governor in recognition of his 2009 gift of $100 million to the Southwestern Medical Foundation for the benefit of UT Southwestern, the largest single gift in the institution’s history, Clements University Hospital offers patients and medical personnel world-class facilities and technologies.
The facility offers practices in cardiology, emergency medicine, general internal medicine and subspecialties, general surgery, vascular surgery, oncologic surgery as well as hematologic malignancies, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopaedics. It also houses all of the solid organ transplant programs, as well as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.
Parkland Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching institution for UT Southwestern, whose faculty is responsible for caring for all of the hospital’s patients. More than half of the doctors practicing in Dallas received some or all of their training at Parkland and UT Southwestern. Parkland’s Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center are internationally recognized. The new Parkland, a $1.27 billion project being built on the east side of Harry Hines Boulevard across from the current facility, is scheduled to open in 2015 and includes an 862-bed adult inpatient hospital.
Children’s Health System of Texas is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for UT Southwestern, whose pediatric faculty are members of Children’s Health medical staff. Children’s has more than 50 pediatric specialty programs, and is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest with a designated Level I trauma center.
The Clinical Transformation Initiatives not only are enhancing health care at UT Southwestern, but also are designed to return the practice of medicine to its patient-centered roots. UT Southwestern patients have secure Internet access to their health records, including radiology images, laboratory reports, clinic notes, medications, discharge papers, and summaries of previous visits to any physician in the UT Southwestern system.
The University’s Quality Improvement Program includes “Quality and Safety” information that offers transparency about quality measures and clinical performance. This online resource takes into account UT Southwestern performance measures and also compares them with national and state averages.
Physicians and researchers at UT Southwestern are seamlessly integrating breakthroughs in basic science, advances in comprehensive clinical services, and the development of innovative education and prevention programs to propel overall excellence and set the Medical Center apart.
A few examples of the Medical Center’s encompassing care include:
- The expertise of the physicians at the Simmons Cancer Center extends to every cancer, from breast, urologic, gynecologic, lung, gastrointestinal, head and neck, brain, and skin to lymphomas, leukemia, and bone marrow transplantation.
- In 2014, the Joint Commission certified UT Southwestern as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level certification for stroke care. UT Southwestern’s Robert D. Rogers Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center is the first and only Joint Commission-certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Texas and only the second in Texas.
- Clinicians and researchers also work together to treat and to find the root causes of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy, and peripheral nerve injuries. The Medical Center also is home to an NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Center and a Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials Center.
- The Doris and Harry W. Bass Jr. Clinical Center for Heart, Lung and Vascular Disease is a collaborative effort between UT Southwestern faculty and community physicians. Individualized care is available for adult congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, electrophysiology, general cardiology, heart failure, heart and lung transplant, interventional cardiology or radiology, lung transplant pulmonology, mechanical circulatory assistance, preventive cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, and vascular and endovascular surgery.
- Transplantation programs for heart, lung, kidney, and liver have been certified by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This certification ensures broad access to the distinctive multidisciplinary approach provided by UT Southwestern’s experts in the full range of related fields, including surgery, infection control, immunity, and rejection. Surgeons from the Medical Center performed Texas’ first kidney transplant in 1964 and are responsible for many innovations that have become the accepted practice throughout the nation.