University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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University of Tennessee
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Type Public
Established 1911 (1911)
Chancellor Steve J. Schwab
Students 2,851
Location Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
35°8′27″N 90°1′48″W / 35.14083°N 90.03000°W / 35.14083; -90.03000Coordinates: 35°8′27″N 90°1′48″W / 35.14083°N 90.03000°W / 35.14083; -90.03000

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis includes the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.

There are also graduate medical education programs in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, family medicine centers in Knoxville, Jackson, and Memphis, and public and continuing education programs across the state. The Health Science Center is part of the statewide, multi-campus University of Tennessee system.

As of 2010, US News and World Report ranked the College of Pharmacy 16th among American pharmacy schools.


Its pediatric residency program is affiliated with Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and residents in pediatrics, radiology, and other fields spend time working at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

The Hamilton Eye Institute, located in Memphis, is the department of ophthalmology. The institute opened in 2004 in an 8-story building donated to the University of Tennessee by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.[1] The capital campaign to establish the institute was initiated by department chair Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, and led by Robert B. Carter, chief information officer and executive vice-president of FedEx Information Services. The institute was named for the family of Ralph S. Hamilton, MD, a professor and physician with the department, who contributed $6 million toward its construction.[2] The mission of the institute is to provide advanced treatments for eye care, foster interplay of ideas among researchers, and transfer skills and knowledge to the next generation of ophthalmic physicians and researchers.


The Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. Each of the professional colleges or programs is accredited by the appropriate agency for the profession or program.

Nobel laureate Peter C. Doherty is an adjunct faculty member of this institution.


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center includes six colleges:

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy

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