Facts and Figures
UT Southwestern is an academic medical center, world renowned for its research and widely respected for its teaching and training, as well as for the quality of clinical care its faculty provides to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics and 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 about 3,600 medical, graduate, and health profession 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, provides approximately $427.3 million per year to fund more than 5,800 research protocols, many of which involve numerous projects.
- Faculty and residents provide care to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, 600,000 emergency room cases, and oversee approximately 2.2 million outpatient visits annually.
- UT Southwestern has more than 16,400 employees and an operating budget of nearly $2.8 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 the largest medical schools in the country, UT Southwestern Medical School graduates about 230 students each year. Educating and training the next generation of physicians is a core mission, and to ensure that UTSW students are fully prepared for the future they will encounter in the rapidly changing landscape of medicine and health care delivery, a new curriculum was launched for the class that entered Fall 2015.
The new curriculum was developed over a two-year period of comprehensive review, assessment, and program design, and it is characterized by a focus on team-based learning, close contact with faculty, meaningful mentorship opportunities, and integrating basic science education with patient care training and experience.
The four years of medical school are now divided into three distinct periods for students - pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-clerkship. The first 18 months are 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 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 (MSTP) prepares individuals for careers that will include biomedical research, as well as the application of research discoveries to the practice of medicine. Students receive both 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 80 exceptionally talented medical scientists.
Faculty members continue to educate physicians beyond medical school. UTSW has the largest graduate training program in Texas, about 1,300 clinical residents who are completing their medical education with postgraduate specialty and subspecialty training. Faculty members also provide continuing medical education (CME) to practicing physicians. In the last reportable cycle, a total of approximately 52,800 participants attended more than 155 CME programs offered by UTSW faculty.
UTSW faculty also have served 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, founded in 1991.
UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The Graduate School, with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students (480 predoctoral and 539 postdoctoral), educates biomedical scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, and counselors. Programs lead to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees and, in some cases, non-degree certificates.
Future scientists are trained to investigate basic life processes from the molecule to the whole animal. Students pursue their chosen fields under the mentorship of outstanding faculty that include some of the world's most distinguished researchers.
The Graduate School has two Divisions: Basic Science and Clinical Science. These Divisions include the specific areas of graduate studies – Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Clinical Psychology, Genetics, Development and Disease, Immunology, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Microbiology, Neuroscience, and Organic Chemistry – that lead to Ph.D. degrees. In addition, a Master’s degree and graduate certificate are offered in Clinical Science.
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
In addition to physicians, many other professionals care for the sick and injured, perform diagnostic tests, and provide therapy for physically or mentally challenged individuals. These health care professionals hold positions which span a wide array of fields.
More than 330 students are enrolled in UT Southwestern’s School of Health Professions. The school offers a doctoral professional degree in Physical Therapy; master's degrees in Clinical Nutrition, Physician Assistant Studies, Prosthetics–Orthotics, and in Rehabilitation Counseling; and a post-baccalaureate 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, notably:
- Six Nobel Prize recipients since 1985.
In 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 Chairman of Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern, and Dr. Brown directs the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease.
Dr. Johann Deisenhofer, 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.
The late Dr. Alfred Gilman 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, a Regental Professor Emeritus who died in December 2015, served in numerous leadership roles during his illustrious career, including as Chairman of Pharmacology and subsequently as Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School.
Dr. Bruce Beutler, 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.
Dr. Thomas C. Südhof, Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience and former chairman of the department at UT Southwestern, 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.
- 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors attainable by an American scientist.
- 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), a component of the NAS.
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 Cancer Center has been designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a comprehensive center, an elite distinction held by only the top-tier cancer centers nationwide. The Simmons Cancer Center is the only cancer center in North Texas to attain this prestigious status, which is bestowed by the NCI in recognition of innovative research and excellence in patient care.
The new Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute has been launched at UT Southwestern, a recognized leader in neuroscience. A $36 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation created this new institute, which is dedicated to better understanding the basic molecular workings of the brain and applying these discoveries to the prevention and treatment of brain diseases and injuries.
The Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair focuses 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 promotes 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 established the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine in 2014 to advance human health through discoveries of the fundamental mechanisms of tissue formation and repair, and the use of this knowledge to develop transformative strategies and medications to enhance tissue regeneration.
The Medical Center has 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators and one HHMI 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 provided almost $8 billion in direct support over the past decade alone for research and science education for 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.
Almost 95 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.
UT Southwestern faculty physicians offer patient care at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, VA North Texas Health Care System, and other affiliated hospitals and community clinics. UT Southwestern faculty physicians, residents, and health care professionals provide approximately $119.2 million in unreimbursed clinical services annually.
UT Southwestern also is providing care through a new clinically integrated health care network, Southwestern Health Resources, which blends the strengths of Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern to better serve North Texas residents, from preventive care to the most advanced interventions. The network is comprised of 27 hospitals, 300 clinics, and more than 2,000 physicians, spanning a 16-county service area with more than 6 million residents. The joint effort establishes an organization with the scale and scope to provide leading-edge technology, research, and education, ensuring broader access to exceptional, high quality care.
UT Southwestern also continues to respond to changing expectations in health care delivery by expanding the footprint of the UT Southwestern Health System. Community clinics in the Park Cities, Richardson, and Las Colinas have opened, widening the access to UTSW primary care and specialty physicians.
In addition, the UTSCAP (UT Southwestern Clinically Affiliated Physicians) program is growing rapidly. This network of primary care physicians is an important complement to the development of new UT Southwestern facilities, and there are now about 400 UTSCAP physicians practicing in approximately 55 sites throughout the Metroplex.
UT Southwestern’s University Hospitals – the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital - offer patients superior care and outstanding service provided by a highly trained staff. The hospitals are a crucial component of UT Southwestern’s ongoing development as an academic medical center that delivers world-class patient care, while supporting clinical and translational research, as well as education and training, making the University Hospitals sites that both reflect and integrate the Medical Center’s three core missions.
With the opening of Clements University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital began a transition to become a nationally renowned freestanding neuroscience facility. Its neuroangiography unit is a vitally important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease, and physicians based at Zale Lipshy specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with neurovascular diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s and other neurologic diseases, as well as neurologic malignancies. Other specialties at Zale Lipshy include spine, psychiatry, and rehabilitation.
The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital – an $800 million state of the art clinical facility – opened in late 2014. The 12-floor, 460-bed hospital is named in honor of the legendary Texas governor, in recognition of his 2009 gift of $100 million. 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 hospital for UT Southwestern. More than half of the doctors practicing in Dallas County 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 facility on the east side of Harry Hines Boulevard, opened in 2015 and is an 862-bed adult inpatient hospital.
Children’s Medical Center, part of Children’s Health System of Texas, is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for UT Southwestern, and UT Southwestern pediatric faculty comprise the hospital’s medical staff. Children’s has more than 50 pediatric specialty programs, and it is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest with a designated Level I trauma center.
In Fort Worth, UT Southwestern provides care through the Moncrief Cancer Institute and a branch of the Simmons Cancer Center. In addition, UT Southwestern has established the UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth, made possible by a $25 million commitment from W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. The new ambulatory facility, in the heart of Fort Worth’s burgeoning medical district, will increase UT Southwestern’s capacity to serve residents of Fort Worth and surrounding areas, improving access to UT Southwestern’s medical care, research, and educational opportunities.
UT Southwestern Accountable Care Network, launched in 2014, is one of the nation’s most effective for Medicare beneficiaries. Physicians, hospitals, and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care while achieving cost savings. For 2015 – the latest reported year – UT Southwestern’s ACO generated savings of nearly $30 million and earned shared savings of more than $14 million as a result, ranking its financial performance first among ACOs that launched in 2014, eighth in the country overall, and second in Texas.
ACOs had combined total program savings of $466 million, which includes more than 400 organizations.
The Clinical Transformation Initiatives are enhancing health care at UT Southwestern through their emphasis on clinical excellence and patient-centered care. 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 (www.utswmedicine.org/about-us/quality) 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.
UT Southwestern is an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level certification for stroke care. UT Southwestern’s Robert D. Rogers Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center is the only Joint Commission-certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Texas; it is one of only three such centers in Texas and also is certified by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
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, interventional 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.