University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from UTHSCSA)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
UT Health San Antonio
UT Health San Antonio.jpg
Main entrance to the UTHSCSA campus
Motto Disciplina, Praesidium, Civitatis
Established 1959
Endowment $487 million (August 2016) [1]
President William L. Henrich, M.D.
Academic staff
1,674 [2]
Undergraduates 325
Postgraduates 2,754
Location San Antonio, Texas, United States
Campus Urban
Website [3]

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, d/b/a UT Health San Antonio is an institute of health science education and research located in the South Texas Medical Center, the medical district of the U.S. city of San Antonio, Texas. It is a component of the University of Texas System.

UT Health San Antonio is the largest health sciences university in South Texas. UT Health San Antonio serves San Antonio and all of the 50,000 square miles (130,000 km2) area of Central and South Texas. It extends to campuses in the Texas border communities of Laredo and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

UT Health San Antonio has produced more than 28,000 graduates;[3] more than 3,000 students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas. The university offers more than 65 degrees, the large majority of them being graduate and professional degrees, in the biomedical and health sciences fields.

UT Health San Antonio is home to the Mays Cancer Center, which is in partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center and is a designated a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. The Mays Cancer Center's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) is internationally recognized for conducting one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug trials programs in the world. Fifteen of the cancer drugs most recently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration underwent development or testing at the IDD. Other noted programs include: cellular and structural biology, urology, nephrology, transplantation biology, aging and longevity studies, cardiology and research imaging. UT Health San Antonio publishes a periodic magazine, Mission.[4]

In 2006, $263 million of facility upgrades were allocated for the campus by the University of Texas System Board of Regents.[5] This included a $150 million 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) South Texas Research Facility (designed by architect Rafael Vinoly). The building was dedicated in October 2011.

Size and budget[edit]

  • Total workforce: 5,400[6]
  • Total faculty: 1,710
  • Number of graduates: more than 32,300[7]
  • Budget (2017): $806.6 million[2]
  • Endowments (as of August 31, 2016): $487 million[8]
  • Research awards and sponsored program activity: $172 million (FY 2016)[9]


Main (Long) campus GSBS courtyard.

The university is one of four medical schools in the University of Texas System. UT Austin's Pharmacy School is also partially located on this campus. The school has eight campuses, spanning 250 acres (1.0 km2) in total:[10]

  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus
  • Greehey Academic and Research Campus
  • Texas Research Park Campus
  • Medical Arts & Research Center
  • Cancer Therapy & Research Center at UT Health San Antonio
  • Laredo[11]
  • Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) Harlingen
  • Regional Academic Health Center - Edinburg (ERAHC) Edinburg

Campus design[edit]

UTHSCSA campus in Laredo, Texas

The campus has a postmodern architecture, with several notable architects contributing to the design of the campus buildings, namely:

Teaching hospitals and clinics[edit]

Achievements, rankings and impact[edit]


  • Dental School ranked one of world's highest [20] overall.
  • Dental School ranked 4th worldwide in dental science publications, in 2005.[21][22]
  • Dental School ranked 1st in US News & World Report's last dental ranking printed in 1996.[23]
  • University ranked 6th in the nation in clinical medicine research impact for the period 2001 to 2005.[24][25][26]
  • The university is 51st in the world in the 2011 clinical medicine rankings.[27]
  • 1st for Hispanics in the medical school category.[28]
  • 1st in National Institutes of Health funding for aging research.
  • The Medical School ranked 48th in NIH funding for research grants among 3,181 institutes in 2004.[29]
  • 10th in NIH funding for Cellular and Structural Biology.
  • 17th in NIH funding for Physiology.[30]
  • University Hospital ranked among top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in three specialties: Respiratory Disorders, Kidney Disease and Hormonal Disorders (endocrinology, including diabetes care) for the sixth consecutive year (2005).[31][32]

Research and accreditation[edit]


  • $1.29 billion a year contributed to the South Texas economy.
  • Chief catalyst for the $24.5 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio.[7]
  • Accounting for at least 12,000 jobs both on and off campus.



A Latin copy of Avicenna's Canon of Medicine, dated 1484, located at the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
  • 1959: South Texas Medical School is chartered.
  • 1966: First class of 15 students is admitted to the Medical School; temporarily housed at Trinity University.
  • 1969: Legislature authorizes creation of Dental School.
  • 1970: Legislature authorizes School of Nursing.
  • 1972: School of Allied Health Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences created Institution is officially designated The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Frank Harrison, M.D., Ph.D., appointed first president.
  • 1976: Responsibility for the School of Nursing is transferred to the U. T. Health Science Center from the U. T. Nursing School at Austin.
  • 1987: Gift of $15 million from H. Ross Perot finances creation of Institute of Biotechnology.
  • 1992: National Institutes of Health funds HSC researchers' work on the Human Genome Project.
  • 1998: State Legislature authorizes creation of a Regional Academic Health Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (RAHC), to be administered by the Health Science Center’s Medical School.
  • 1999: Health Science Center is designated to receive a $200 million public endowment from the State of Texas to establish a Children’s Cancer Research Institute Construction begins on South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine at the Texas Research Park.
  • 2002: The Regional Academic Health Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (RAHC)[36] opens its doors for medical students and residents.
Copy of Garencières' 1672 English translation of the Propheties, located in The P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.
  • 2003: Health Science Center receives largest grant to date for a $37 million study of small subcortical strokes. Health Science Center and UT San Antonio establish the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute, a collaborative research and education partnership.A $300 million initiative announced to build a Research Tower in the South Texas Medical Center and recruit leading scientists for it.
  • 2004: Health Science Center dedicates $50 million Children's Cancer Research Institute.
  • 2006: The Regional Academic Health Center - Medical Research Division (E-RAHC) [4] was dedicated April 25, 2006 on the campus of UT Pan American in Edinburg. Also administered by the Health Science Center, this division provides laboratory space and equipment for research on critical health problems of the South Texas/Border Region.
  • 2007: Health Science Center receives a $25 million donation from the Greehey Family Foundation.
  • 2007: Valero Energy Corporation donates $5 million to the university.
  • 2007: The Cancer Therapy & Research Center is acquired by the Health Science Center.
  • 2007: Health Science Center receives a $25 million donation from Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long. The central campus is renamed the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus.
  • 2007: The second facility was dedicated at The Regional Academic Health Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley[36] campus - the Academic and Clinical Research building. This facility houses the RAHC clinical research center and also the South Texas VA Health Care Center.
  • 2008: University Hospital announces plans for a $1 billion expansion that includes a new trauma tower.[37]
  • 2011: The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) put the Medical School on probation.[38] The LCME cited curricular issues as a central feature that prompted the probationary status [39]
  • 2013: The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) removed the Medical School from its probation list.[40]

Future development[edit]

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte championed the creation of a special advisory group that would research the benefits of a possible merger between the Health Science Center and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), which is also located on the city's northwest side.[41] In 2010, the special advisory group, headed by Peter Flawn, former president of both UTSA and the University of Texas at Austin, concluded that a merger would not be in the best interest of the two institutitons.[42] Among its key arguments were that both institutions had strong leadership already on a positive trajectory, the merger would be a short-term distraction for UTHSCSA and the benefit to UTSA's national stature would be slight.[42]

The Health Science Center has a public-private partnership that is designed to promote research at the institution.[43] The $300 million project, titled "The Campaign for the Future of Health", seeks to build new infrastructure with the South Texas Research Facility and the President's Excellence Fund.[44]


Centers and institutes[edit]

The Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library is the central library of the main campus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Endowment Information". 
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ State of Texas, UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - Human Brain Mapping journal rated No. 1 in impact". 
  4. ^ "Mission - UT Health San Antonio". 
  5. ^ State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - Regents authorize $263 million in UT Health projects". 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "This week at UT Health San Antonio, tops $200 million in external funding". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "This week at - UT Health San Antonio N-STORM microscope is 1st in Texas, 2nd in country". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  10. ^ "Campus". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  11. ^ State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - Laredo Campus Extension offers educational opportunities". 
  12. ^ State of Texas, The University of Texas UT Health San Antonio at San Antonio (2012-06-04). "Mission Magazine - Golden AgesA New Era in Aging Research Dawns at the UT Health San Antonio". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  13. ^ "FKP Architects". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ [2] Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Press Releases - University Health System, San Antonio, TX". 
  17. ^ "Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital". U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Services, Texas Department of State Health. "The Texas Department of State Health Services - San Antonio State Hospital". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "UT Medicine:UT Medicine Home Page Content 210-450-9000". 
  20. ^ State of Texas, UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - International report gives Dental School high marks". 
  21. ^ "UT Health San Antonio Dental School named world's fourth-best". San Antonio Business Journal. 
  22. ^ State of Texas, UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - President gives annual State of the University Address". 
  23. ^ "The Best Dental Schools?". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  24. ^ State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "This week at - UT Health San Antonio ranks sixth in clinical medicine". 
  25. ^ "Stories". 
  26. ^ "UT Health San Antonio ranked among America's best for medical research". San Antonio Business Journal. 
  27. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy - 20011 | 20011 Top 100 Universities in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy | ARWU-FIELD 2011". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  28. ^ State of Texas, UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - School of Medicine ranks No. 1 in M.D.s to Hispanics". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  29. ^ "NIH Awards to Medical Schools by Rank, FY 2004". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  30. ^ "UTHSCSA Department of Physiology - Positions Available". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  31. ^ "Press Releases | University Health System, San Antonio, TX". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  32. ^ State of Texas,UT Health San Antonio. "HSC NEWS - San Antonio partnership makes Top 50 Hospitals in 3 specialties". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  33. ^ Academic Sourcebook, A report on the State of Science in Universities and Colleges, June 2007, p.57
  34. ^ See p.189 of pdf version Archived 2007-07-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ "Inventor of the Week: Archive". 1945-12-13. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  36. ^ a b "UTRGV - UTRGV School of Medicine homepage". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  37. ^ "University Health System officials say expansion is needed medicine". San Antonio Business Journal. 
  38. ^ "UT Med School in San Antonio Put on Probation". 
  39. ^ Hamilton, Reeve. "UT School of Medicine in San Antonio Put on Probation". The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  40. ^ "UTHSC Medical School No Longer Under Probation". BioNews Texas. 
  41. ^ "Merger of UT Health Science Center, UTSA to be studied by "academic rock stars"". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  42. ^ a b "UT System special advisory group releases merger report". UTSA Today. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  43. ^ "President's Excellence Fund". UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  44. ^ "The Campaign for the Future of Health". UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  45. ^ Services, State of Texas, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Multimedia. "Home Page - Department of Medicine - UTHSCSA". Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  46. ^ "Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedics". 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°30′22″N 98°34′34″W / 29.506°N 98.576°W / 29.506; -98.576