University of Tennessee Medical Center

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
University of Tennessee
Medical Center
University Health Systems Inc. (UHS)
UTK Medical CTR1.jpg
Location Knoxville, Tennessee,
 United States
Coordinates 35°56′26″N 83°56′36″W / 35.94056°N 83.94333°W / 35.94056; -83.94333Coordinates: 35°56′26″N 83°56′36″W / 35.94056°N 83.94333°W / 35.94056; -83.94333
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university UT College of Medicine
Emergency department Adult Level I
Pediatric Level I[1]
Helipad IATA: 09TN (private)
Beds 581[1]
Founded August 9, 1956 (60 years ago) (1956-08-09)

The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) is an academic medical center located in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee and regions in Kentucky and North Carolina. The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) oversees residency and medical student education at UTMC. In addition to being a Level I Trauma Center, UTMC is recognized as a center for primary stroke, biomedical imaging, adult & children transplantation, pediatric dialysis, and renal failure. In 2010, UTMC opened Eastern Tennessee's first dedicated heart hospital.[2]


UTMC first opened its doors on August 7, 1956 as the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital. By the 1960s, the hospital acquired more facilities for research, patient care, and residency training. In 1971 the UT Board of Trustees allowed 20 senior medical students from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to train at UTMC. The hospital saw technological advancements in the 1980s with construction of the Boling Pavilion, the implementation of the area's first emergency response helicopter (LIFESTAR), and other specialty advancements. In 1991, the UT Board of Trustees assigned the hospital's primary roles of patient care and medical education to University Memorial Hospital and the UT Graduate School of Medicine, respectively.[3]


The 609-bed University of Tennessee Medical Center comprises several medical units:[1]

  • Centers of Excellence:
    • Advanced Orthopaedic Center
    • Brain and Spine Institute
    • Cancer Institute
    • Center for Women & Infants
    • Emergency and Trauma Center
    • Heart Lung Vascular Institute[4]
  • Boling Tower
  • Preston Medical Library

UT Graduate School of Medicine[edit]

The UT Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) oversees graduate medical education and medical students. 200 resident physicians, dentists, and fellows engage in the 12 residency and 11 fellowship programs at UTMC. Additionally, UTGSM provides clinical clerkship rotations and electives at UTMC for third and fourth year medical students of UT College of Medicine in Memphis. UTGSM features a Medical Simulation Center where physicians and students increase their medical skills.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "UT Medical Center". University of Tennessee Medical Center. Retrieved 07 February 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ UTMC - Heart Hospital News
  3. ^ DeFiore, Jayne C. Miracle in the Valley: A History of the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, 1944–1995, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tenn.,1996.
  4. ^
  5. ^ UTGSM Viewbook

External links[edit]