UT Southwestern Medical Center’s reputation as a national leader in patient care, education, and research offers news media a wealth of expert resources on virtually any medically related topic. Our Communications team responds to hundreds of media inquiries each year from reporters seeking information on clinical breakthroughs and research discoveries.
COVID-19 Media Guidelines
UT Southwestern is taking steps to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other, as part of our proactive response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect our health care workers and resources to serve the community.
UTSW physicians and scientists are available for virtual interviews and by phone, but will not conduct on-campus interviews and will not attend media activities off-campus until further notice.
To arrange virtual interviews or interviews by phone, please:
General Media Requests
All media requests are referred to Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs (CMPA). To expedite your request, please:
- firstname.lastname@example.org the Communications team
- Call our offices at 214-648-3404
- Visit our media contacts page to see coverage by beats
The Communications team has established the following guidelines for reporters requesting information or interviews:
- Advance notice of interviews is required so Communications staff can arrange interviews with experts, and/or obtain appropriate patient permission, if necessary.
- Members of the news media, including photographers and video crews, must be escorted by a member of the Communications staff while visiting our hospital and clinics. Currently, visitation policies do not permit on-campus visitations for media; however, virtual options remain available.
- Releasing any patient information requires prior written consent obtained by UTSW from the individual in accordance with privacy regulations.
Our priority is to provide care to our patients. We ask all media to respect the privacy of individuals who come to our campus for care. Out of respect for privacy, UTSW does not:
- Discuss patients
- Identify what tests patients have been administered related to coronavirus or other diseases
- Reveal the status of tests it conducts or requests.