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A return to normalcy didn’t quite happen in 2021 as the heartbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to fade ever so slowly – and then resurge, time and again. Despite it all, UT Southwestern’s faculty, staff, students, and trainees charged onward, embracing a new reality and remaining positive and mission-focused.

Our charge as an academic medical center is really quite simple: We are unstoppable in our quest to improve the health of the public, whatever that takes. It means staying compassionate, confident, focused, and strong, even in the face of life-or-death and complex medical procedures. It involves spending hours poring over datasets and using artificial intelligence to pinpoint skin cancer risk. It entails embracing new fields such as clinical informatics to arm the next generation of caregivers with new tools to improve patient care. And it sometimes requires taking a hard look at ourselves, improving where needed to achieve a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

In this Year in Review, take a look back at 2021 to learn how UT Southwestern kept pushing forward, accelerating on all fronts, to advance the future of medicine and meet the health care needs of the community.

2021 News Coverage Highlights

Video of 2021 UT Southwestern news highlights


DiscoverA woman wearing glasses and a blue mask looks at a test tube that contains dark liquid

A commitment to biomedical breakthroughs led to exceptional innovation and forward-looking collaborations from UTSW scientists.

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Educate A professor in a white coat assists a female student in a classroom

Innovative teaching methods and new initiatives kept UT Southwestern’s medical students, residents, and other learners at the forefront of biomedical education.

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HealA woman with dark hair wearing blue scrubs

Despite the challenges of a pandemic, our caregivers remained dedicated and strong, striving to advance health.

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Connect A woman sits in a chair and plays guitar as three young girls and a young boy sit in chairs around her

As many events turned virtual, UT Southwestern embraced this new normal, satisfying a hunger in the community for reputable health and science information.

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GiveA group of four women and two men wear masks and stand in front of a UT Southwestern building

Community loyalty stayed steady, with generous donors helping UT Southwestern achieve a key goal in raising funds for brain research.

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