University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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|Motto||Disciplina, Praesidium, Civitatis|
|Type||Public academic health science center|
|University of Texas System|
|Endowment||$487 million (August 2016) |
|President||William L. Henrich, MD|
UT Health San Antonio is the largest health sciences university in South Texas. It is located in the South Texas Medical Center and 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; 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.
- 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) opens its doors for medical students and residents.
- 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)  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 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.
- 2011: The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) put the Medical School on probation. The LCME cited curricular issues as a central feature that prompted the probationary status 
- 2013: The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) removed the Medical School from its probation list.
Failed merger with University of Texas at San Antonio
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. 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. 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.
The Health Science Center has a public-private partnership that is designed to promote research at the institution. 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.
Size and budget
- Total workforce: 5,400
- Total faculty: 1,710
- Number of graduates: more than 32,300
- Budget (2017): $806.6 million
- Endowments (as of August 31, 2016): $487 million
- Research awards and sponsored program activity: $172 million (FY 2016)
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:
- 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
- Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) Harlingen
- Regional Academic Health Center - Edinburg (ERAHC) Edinburg
The campus has a postmodern architecture, with several notable architects contributing to the design of the campus buildings, namely:
- Rafael Vinoly: South Texas Research Facility
- HKS, Inc.: The Administration Building
- Overland Partners Architects: The Barshop Institute, and the downtown University Hospital expansion project.
- FKP Architects: Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC)
- Perkins + Will: The new annex of the University Hospital.
- Kell Muñoz Architects: Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library
Teaching hospitals and clinics
- University Hospital (ranked as one of the Top 50 hospitals in the US for seven years in a row, in 2007)
- UT Dentistry outpatient clinic
- Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
- Christus Santa Rosa medical center
- San Antonio State Hospital
- Brooke Army Medical Center (Fort Sam Houston)
- Wilford Hall Medical Center (USAF)
- Faculty Practice Plan: UT Health Physicians
Achievements, rankings and impact
- The university is 51st in the world in the 2011 clinical medicine rankings.
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio selected to Forbes Best-In-State Employers 2021 list.
- 2022 US News & World Report Rankings:
- Best Medical Schools: Primary Care
- Best Medical Schools: Research
- Most Diverse Medical Schools
- Most Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas
- Most Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields
- Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas
- Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Best Nursing Schools: Master's
Research and accreditation
- Only tier one research university in South Texas.
- CTRC is one of four National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the state of Texas.
- The liver transplant program is ranked 9th largest and most successful in the nation.
- Named a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
- Selected as National Institute of Aging -designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).
- $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.
- Accounting for at least 12,000 jobs both on and off campus.
- Dental School: Community Dentistry, Comprehensive Dentistry, Dental Diagnostic Science, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry.
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cellular and Structural Biology, Clinical Investigation, Clinical Lab Sciences, dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Medicine, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiology, Radiological Sciences.
- Medical School: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery, Urology.
- School of Health Professions: Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Dental Laboratory Sciences, Dietetics, Emergency Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, Speech-Language Pathology.
- School of Nursing: Acute Nursing Care, Chronic Nursing Care, Family Nursing Care.
- College of Pharmacy (affiliated with University of Texas at Austin)
- School of Public Health (affiliated with University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)
Centers and institutes
- Addiction Research Treatment and Training Center of Excellence
- Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice
- Aging Research and Education Center
- American Parkinson's Disease Association Information and Referral Center
- Biomolecular Structure Analysis
- Center for Analytical Ultracentrifugation of Macromolecular Assemblies
- Center for Biomedical Neuroscience
- Center for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy
- Center for Health Economics and Policy
- Center for Integrative Health
- Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research
- Center for Community Based Health Promotion in Women and Children
- Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics
- Center for Neurosurgical Sciences
- Center for Oral Health Care & Research
- Center for Surface Plasmon Resonance
- Center for Violence Prevention
- Children's Cancer Research Institute
- Comparative Mouse Genomics Center
- Cancer Therapy & Research Center
- Environmental Hazards Research Center
- Frederic C. Bartter General Clinical Research Center
- Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
- Hartford Center of Excellence for Geriatrics Education
- Hemophilia Treatment Center
- Injury Prevention and Research Center
- Institute of Biotechnology
- Institutional Flow Cytometry Core Facility
- Lions Sight Research Foundation
- MESA: Center for Health Disparities
- Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
- Regional Center for Health Workforce Studies at CHEP
- Research Imaging Center
- Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies
- San Antonio Cancer Institute
- START/South Texas Addiction Research and Technology Center
- South Texas AIDS Center for Children and Their Families
- South Texas Center for Health Disparities
- South Texas Environmental Education and Research Center
- South Texas Fertility Center
- South Texas Health Research Center
- South Texas Poison Center
- South Texas Women's Health Center
- Southwest Research Consortium
- Texas Cancer Clinic
- Texas Center for the Study of Children With Special Health Care Needs
- Texas Diabetes Institute
- VERDICT - Veterans Evidence-based Research Dissemination Implementation Center
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