The clinical programs of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are consistently ranked among the best in the United States. In 2011, for example, U.S. News & World Report ranked our programs at St. Paul University Hospital (our private-practice hospital) and Parkland Memorial Hospital 24th and 21st in the nation, respectively.
With clinical practices in both the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s University Hospitals and Clinics and in the Dallas County Parkland Health & Hospital System and more than 350,000 outpatient visits annually, we reach women across all socioeconomic strata and ethnicity, underscoring our fundamental belief that both private and public clinical services can and must be done well.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was born in 1943 with the founding of Southwestern Medical College by a group of civic leaders and former faculty from Baylor University College of Medicine in Dallas. We had one faculty member, the chair, and a part-time secretary. Today as in 1943 a sense of community and family pervades. People are our strongest asset, and their loyalty and longevity have built the Department. From physician, to scientist, to support staff – everyone has had a role to play in our history.
A Few Facts
- The Department is one of the largest in the United States, with more than 100 faculty members, 100 residents, and 17 fellows.
- We maintain a robust research program, with three NIH Multi-Center Network Grants, one in each subspecialty, and our multi-million dollar NIH Program-Project Grant has been funded continuously since 1974.
- The Department participates in undergraduate medical education in every year of medical school, with major efforts during the third and fourth years.
- One out of every 50 Ob/Gyn residents in the United States trains at UT Southwestern.
- Our faculty members have authored several major textbooks, including Williams Obstetrics, Williams Gynecology, and Essential Reproductive Medicine.
It is the mission of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to:
- Train medical students to provide primary care for women in obstetrics and gynecology
- Train residents in obstetrics and gynecology to meet the health care needs of the citizens of the State of Texas with a level of knowledge, skill, and caring such that they are recognized by patients and colleagues as primary care providers for women and consultants in obstetrics and gynecology
- Train postdoctoral fellows for lifetime academic careers in their subspecialty so that they may serve the needs of the citizens of the State of Texas and the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology
- Provide outstanding patient care that will result in the recognition of the Department by patients and physicians as a community resource and regional referral center for obstetrics and gynecology and its subspecialties
- Conduct research that makes significant and unique contributions to the body of knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology by clinical trials and laboratory investigation