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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is an institute of health science education and research (its research program into the basic biology of aging at the Barshop Institute is world renowned). It is ranked as the 14th largest medical school in the United States in terms of enrollment.

UTHSCSA is the largest health sciences university in South Texas. Located in the South Texas Medical Center, it serves San Antoniomarker and all of the 50,000 square mile (130,000 km²) area of central and south Texasmarker. It extends to campuses in the metropolitan border communities of Laredomarker and the Rio Grandemarker Valley.

With 24,000 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 over 65 degrees, the majority of them being graduate and professional degrees, in the biomedical and health sciences fields.

The school publishes a periodic newsletter, The Mission.[117972]

Size and budget

  • Number of employees: 5,076
  • Number of Graduates: 24,000
  • BUDGET (2008): $668 million
  • ENDOWMENTS (September 2005):
    • 234 endowed accounts
    • $348 million total market value
  • RESEARCH EXPENDITURES: $203 million (FY 2008)

In 2005, UTHSCSA ranked 2nd among all Texan universities in Federal/State R&D expenditures ratio, only after Baylor College of Medicinemarker. The university ranks third in terms of the cheapest tuition among all medical schools in the United States.


UTHSCSA Laredo Academic Building

The university is one of four medical schools in the University of Texas System. The school has six campuses, spanning in total:
  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus (Central campus)
  • Greehey Campus (North campus)
  • Texas Research Park
  • Laredomarker
    • Bachelor's in Respiratory Care
    • Master’s degree in Physician Assistant (Two of three-year master’s degree)
    • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dietetics and Nutrition Program (coming in 2009)
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) Harlingenmarker
  • Regional Academic Health Center - Edinburg (ERAHC) Edinburgmarker

Teaching hospitals and clinics

Achievements, rankings and impact

  • Dental School ranked one of world's highest overall, and fourth worldwide in dental science publications.
  • Dental School ranked #1 in US News last ranking printed in 1996.
  • The Pharmacy School (partially located on campus but run by UT Austinmarker) is 2nd in the nation.
  • Ranked sixth in the nation in clinical medicine research impact for the period 2001 to 2005.
  • The university is ranked number 51 in the 2009 world ranking in the clinical medicine category.
  • Ranked 5th for Hispanics in the medical sciences category.
  • Number one in National Institutes of Healthmarker funding for aging research.
  • Named a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services.
  • The Medical School ranked 48th in NIHmarker funding for research grants among 3,181 institutes in 2004.
  • The Cellular and Structural Biology program ranks 10th in NIHmarker funding.
  • The Physiology department ranked 17th in NIH funding.
  • The liver transplant program is ranked 9th largest and most successful in the nation.
  • UTHSCSA faculty members are among the world's most cited scientific authors, listed in the top one-half of one percent of all published scientists.
  • 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).
  • Only tier one research university in South Texas.
  • The Palmaz Stent, developed by Dr. Julio Palmaz, has been named "one of ten patents that changed the world."
  • UTHSCSA is conducting the largest study of congestive heart failure in America.
  • $1.29 billion a year contributed to the South Texas economy.
  • Chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio.
  • Accounting for at least 12,000 jobs both on and off campus.
  • $263 million of facility upgrades have been allocated for the campus by the University of Texasmarker Board of Regents. This includes the new $150 million South Texas Research Facility, currently under construction.
  • The San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI) is a National Cancer Institute ( NCI )-designated cancer center and is one of only two centers with this prestigious distinction in Texas.
  • The university ranked 76th nationwide in 2005 in the number of faculty awards, tied with Virginia Techmarker, Arizona State Universitymarker, Florida State Universitymarker, Mayo Medical School, and Iowa State Universitymarker.


  • 1959: South Texas Medical School is chartered.
  • 1966: First class of 15 students is admitted to the Medical School; temporarily housed at Trinity Universitymarker.
  • 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 new South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine at the Texas Research Park.
  • 2003: Health Science Center receives largest grant to date for a $37 million study of small subcortical strokes, the most common type of stroke in South Texas. Health Science Center and UT San Antonio sign an agreement to establish the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute, a new collaborative research and education partnership. President Cigarroa announces a $300 million initiative 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, where scientists currently study formation and development of cancer in children and adults.
  • 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 UTHSCSA.
  • 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.
  • 2008: University Hospital announces plans for a $1 billion expansion that includes a new trauma tower.


The DNA sculpture is a familiar landmark on the main campus (as seen here from Floyd Curl Dr).

Image:CTRC.jpg|CTRCImage:UTHSCSA_Med_Sch_auditorium.JPG|AuditoriumImage:UTHSCSA DNA.jpg|School from corner of Medical Drive and Floyd Curl Drive.Image:GSBS UH.JPG|The GSBS and University Hospital.

Centers and institutes


  1. America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Medical Schools: Which are the largest and smallest medical schools?
  2. HSC NEWS - The University of Texas Health Science Center
  6. Financials
  8. Research Expenditures 9/04-8/05
  9. America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Medical Schools: Priciest and cheapest public schools
  10. Campus
  11. UTHSCSA news; Laredo Programs
  12. Error Page
  13. HSC NEWS - The University of Texas Health Science Center - The Office of External Affairs
  14. UT Health Science Center Dental School named world's fourth-best - San Antonio Business Journal:
  15. HSC NEWS - The University of Texas Health Science Center - The Office of External Affairs
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  18. HSC NEWS - The University of Texas Health Science Center - The Office of External Affairs
  19. Metro | State
  20. Health Science Center ranked among America's best for medical research - San Antonio Business Journal:
  21. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  22. Magazine ranks UT Southwestern best medical school for Hispanics - Dallas Business Journal:
  23. NIH Awards to Medical Schools by Rank, FY 2004
  24. UTHSCSA Department of Physiology - Positions Available
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  27. HSC NEWS - The University of Texas Health Science Center - The Office of External Affairs
  29. Academic Sourcebook, A report on the State of Science in Universities and Colleges, June 2007, p.57
  30. See p.189 of pdf version
  31. University Health System officials say expansion is needed medicine - San Antonio Business Journal:

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