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The History of UT Southwestern Medical Center

The story of UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of commitment to excellence, dedication to discovery, and service to the community. It's also a story of phenomenal growth, fueled by exceptional people with an extraordinary vision: to establish an academic medical center second to none.

Since its formation in 1943, Southwestern Medical School has grown from a small wartime medical college into UT Southwestern Medical Center, a multifaceted academic institution nationally recognized for its excellence in educating physicians, biomedical scientists, and health care personnel.

Under the leadership of the late Edward H. Cary, M.D., and Karl Hoblitzelle, a group of prominent Dallas citizens organized Southwestern Medical Foundation in 1939 to promote medical education and research in Dallas and the region. When Baylor University elected to move its school of medicine from Dallas to Houston in 1943, the Foundation formally established Southwestern Medical College as the 68th medical school in the United States.

When a new state medical school was proposed after World War II, leaders of Southwestern Medical Foundation offered the college's equipment, library, and certain restricted funds to The University of Texas, provided the University would locate its new medical branch in Dallas. The Board of Regents accepted this offer from the Foundation, and in 1949 the college became Southwestern Medical School of The University of Texas. In 1954 the name was changed to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The present campus site on Harry Hines Boulevard was occupied in 1955 upon the completion of the Edward H. Cary Building. This placed the Medical School faculty next to the newly built Parkland Memorial Hospital.

In November 1972 the name and scope of the Medical School were changed with its reorganization into The University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. In approving the concept of a health science center, the UT System Board of Regents provided for the continued growth of coordinated but separate medical, graduate, and undergraduate components, interacting creatively on the problems of human health and well-being.

In 1986 the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) opened a research facility on the campus. Concentrating on molecular biology, it has brought outstanding scientists to head laboratories in their specialties. These investigators also hold faculty positions in the basic science departments of the Medical and Graduate schools.

In October 1987 the UT System Board of Regents approved changing the name of the health science center to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, reconfirming its original Southwestern identity. The Medical Center currently encompasses UT Southwestern Medical School,UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and theUT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

In October 2009 the UT System Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees of the Seton Family of Hospitals approved the creation of a new partnership with UT Southwestern for medical education and research. The partnership significantly increased the number of residents (doctors in training) practicing at Seton facilities. The agreement also bolstered medical research projects conducted by the Seton Family of Hospitals, and allowed for the expansion of collaborative research efforts with UT Southwestern and The University of Texas at Austin.

The partnership led the UT System Board of Regents to in February 2011 approve changing the institution’s name to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, stripping “at Dallas” from the name. The change was intended to reflect the growing breadth of the school, including UT Southwestern’s partnership with the Seton Family of Hospitals.

UT Southwestern is located on Harry Hines Boulevard, a 10-minute drive northwest of downtown Dallas. Since the late 1960s the university has grown to include 10.9 million square feet of space with another 1.4 million square feet under construction. Affiliated hospitals adjacent to the campus areChildren's Medical Center Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

UT Southwestern's faculty and residents annually provide care to more than 90,000 hospitalized patients and oversee nearly 2 million outpatient visits. They also provide $123 million in unreimbursed professional services annually.

The faculty also includes six Nobel Laureates, four of whom are active faculty members, 23 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and 19 members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), a component of the NAS.

And as international medical and scientific needs grow, so too will UT Southwestern. We will keep working to remain at the pinnacle of medical institutions worldwide.

Why Work For Us?

Nationally recognized academic medical center
The only academic medical center in North Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center has achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only about 7% of hospitals nationwide have achieved this designation
World-renowned research
World-class medical and scientific faculty
Groundbreaking medical advances
One of the nation's top stroke treatment centers
The only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas

We offer an excellent benefit package (State of Texas benefits), which includes paid medical insurance beginning day one of employment. Learn more about our competitive pay rates and discover the extraordinary opportunities we offer.

Now is a great time to join UT Southwestern Medical Center – The only academic medical center in North Texas!

Our Culture

At UT Southwestern, you’ll become part of an amazing team in a dynamic, nationally recognized academic medical center — a place where world-class education, research and medical care come together every day.

Leveraging the resources of Nobel Prize-winning research in beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities, we’re elevating the art of care to unprecedented levels…and building careers that match that standard.

Together, we’re focused on the future: Using information and open communication to drive change, make an impact from the top down, and create a culture of empowerment, transparency and shared values.

Our talented team mirrors the diversity of the communities we serve, and our significant growth reflects our commitment to meeting their needs with truly extraordinary care. It’s an exciting time to be here, and we look forward to making you a part of it.

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital

The new state-of-the-art 12-floor, 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital has been identified as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission in its first year of operation. From its conception, it was engineered to be at the vanguard of patient-centric care, with a focus on quality, safety and efficiency.

Zale Lipshy University Hospital

The 152-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital is one of the world’s premier neurological diagnostic and treatment centers, and has been certified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. In addition to the neurosciences, it is also a treatment center for hematologic malignancies, ophthalmology, oral surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and other services.

About UT Southwestern Medical Center

Every day at UT Southwestern Medical Center, top professionals like you are building extraordinary careers by providing world-class care to our patients and their families. As the only academic medical center in North Texas, our growing reputation as a premier destination for health care professionals is fueled by our renowned tradition of innovative – more... 

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