UT Southwestern, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia agree to five-year pact

DALLAS – Dec. 5, 2011 – UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru have signed a five-year affiliation agreement that establishes an exchange program for medical students and related educational opportunities.

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern, and Dr. Fabiola Leon-Velarde, rector of Cayetano Heredia, signed the agreement, which provides for the exchange of students between the universities’ medical programs.

“The agreement between UT Southwestern and Cayetano Heredia furthers the shared educational missions at both our institutions and we are gratified to be able to establish this partnership, which will facilitate new educational opportunities for our students,” Dr. Podolsky said. “This new relationship opens another exciting chapter in UT Southwestern’s global health initiative.”

Dr. Leon-Velarde added, “We have former students of Cayetano Heredia that work at UT Southwestern, and we hope that this agreement will open the door for new opportunities for both institutions.”

The agreement, UT Southwestern’s first with a South American institution, is the fourth international affiliation for the medical center. UT Southwestern leaders previously signed agreements with University of Cape Town in South Africa, Sun Yat-sen University and First Affiliated Hospital in China, and Rabin Medical Center in Israel.  UT Southwestern also has an agreement with the University of Paris for an international medical student exchange program.

These relationships serve to support the medical center’s strategic effort to develop global health programs worldwide. UT Southwestern established an Office of Global Health, headed by Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku, associate dean for global health and associate professor of surgery, in 2010 to direct and develop initiatives in health care, training and research with partners around the world.

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia School of Medicine, located in the capital city of Lima, is one of Peru’s top medical schools. Named in honor of Cayetano Heredia, an eminent Peruvian physician of the 19th century who changed medical education in his country, the medical school is part of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, the major Peruvian publishers of scientific articles. The university has collaborative arrangements with leading U.S. and international institutions, including Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, Berkeley; the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium.

The university’s Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt is among the top research institutions in tropical medicine in Latin America, with ongoing investigations in tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, malaria and HIV, both at its site in Lima and at several field sites such as Iquitos, Cuzco and La Merced. Its Instituto de Investigaciones de la Altura (High Altitude Research Institute) is also known for its contribution to the understanding of high altitude physiology and the pathophysiology of acute and chronic high altitude sickness.


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Founded in 1943, UT Southwestern has had five Nobel Prizes awarded to its faculty members since 1985. UT Southwestern integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide medical care in 40 specialties to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients and oversee nearly 2 million outpatient visits a year. In the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals, UT Southwestern is nationally ranked in six specialty-care areas: urology, diabetes/endocrinology, gynecology, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, and ear, nose and throat. The medical center is also among the nation’s best performers in biology and biochemistry research in delivering clinical breakthroughs.

About Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia 
Founded in 1961, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) is dedicated to health sciences. Within the university are eight schools – medicine, sciences, dentistry, nursing, public health, psychology, veterinary, and education – serving approximately 3,500 students. The university works with different networks inside and outside Peru, via 170 international agreements that support those relationships. UPCH is committed to providing students the best education combined with national and international experience and research, and creating special opportunities that will contribute to the development of the country.