Timeline

1943

Dr. Edward Cary, empowered by Karl Hoblitzelle and other civic leaders, establishes Southwestern Medical College, the 68th medical school in the United States.

1949

Southwestern Medical College becomes part of The University of Texas System.

1952

Dr. Donald Seldin becomes Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, a position he would hold for the next 36 years.

1963

UT Southwestern doctors and Parkland Memorial Hospital staff respond when President John F. Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally are brought to Parkland after being shot in a motorcade in downtown Dallas.

1968

The School of Allied Health Sciences, now known as the School of Health Professions, is established at UT Southwestern.

1972

Dr. Charles Sprague is made the first President of UT Southwestern.

1973

Dr. Ronald Estabrook becomes the first Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

1975

The Davis quintuplets are delivered at Parkland Memorial Hospital by UT Southwestern faculty, the first quintuplets to survive in Texas.

1978

In the New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Roger Unger and Philip Raskin present evidence that the hormone glucagon has a significant role in human diabetes.

1979

Dr. Ronald W. Estabrook is the first UT Southwestern faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

1984

James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center opens its doors to receive its first patient.

1985

Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism.

1985

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute selects UT Southwestern as the site of one of its largest research centers.

1986

UT Southwestern names Dr. Kern Wildenthal its second President in the Medical Center’s history.

1987

The Ida M. Green Award is established to recognize an outstanding female graduate student.

1988

Dr. Johann Deisenhofer receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using X-ray crystallography to describe the structure of a protein involved in photosynthesis.

Dr. Johann Deisenhofer

1988

Dr. Scott Grundy reports that the Mediterranean diet, rich in monounsaturated fat – the type found in olive oil – is superior to a low-fat diet.

1990

Doors open at the Mary Nell and Ralph B. Rogers Magnetic Resonance Center, the first building on the North Campus.

\

1994

Dr. Ellen Vitetta becomes the first female scientist from UT Southwestern elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

1994

Dr. Alfred Gilman accepts the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of G proteins.

Dr. Alfred Gilman

2000

The Dallas Heart Study, a groundbreaking investigation of cardiovascular disease involving thousands of Dallas County residents, is launched.

2002

The Innovations in Medicine campaign launches and eventually raises more than $750 million, funding advancements in the understanding and treatment of diseases where major breakthroughs appear to be feasible in the foreseeable future.

2004

Dr. Linda Buck, a 1980 alumna of the Graduate School, receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work to understand the sense of smell.

Dr. Linda Buck

2005

By taking over operating responsibilities for St. Paul and Zale Lipshy University Hospitals, UT Southwestern lays the foundation for a University Health System.

2005

UT Southwestern introduces the electronic medical record portal “MyChart,” capping an effort that began in 2002 as the Institution becomes the first health care facility in North Texas to switch to electronic medical records.

2007

The School of Health Professions becomes the first UT System institution to offer a doctorate program in physical therapy.

2008

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky becomes the third President of UT Southwestern.

Daniel K. Podolsky

2009

Former Texas Gov. William P. Clements Jr. makes an unprecedented $100 million gift to Southwestern Medical Foundation.

William P. Clements

2010

UT Southwestern dedicates the BioCenter, a springboard to drive biomedical innovation in North Texas and encourage the commercialization of University-created technologies.

BioCenter

2010

The Office of Global Health is established, and a scientific partnership begins with Sun Yat-sen University and its First Affiliated Hospital in Guangzhou, China.

2011

Dr. Bruce Beutler receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering receptor proteins that recognize disease-causing agents and activate innate immunity – the first step in the body’s immune response.

2012

UT Southwestern confers its 10,000th medical degree during Commencement, a remarkable achievement for an institution that awarded its first degrees in 1944.

2012

The first UT Southwestern Clinical Center opens in Richardson/Plano.

Richardson Clinic

2013

Planning to develop a new Medical School curriculum begins. Two years later, the Class of 2019 begins instruction under the new three-phase curriculum.

2013

Dr. Thomas Südhof receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering key information about how cellular transport systems work.

2013

The UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute opens in Fort Worth.

Moncrief Cancer Institute

2014

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opens. Every aspect is designed to enhance the patient’s care and experience and to reflect the integration of UT Southwestern’s missions of research, education, and clinical care.

William P. Clements University Hospital

2015

The Medical Center builds for the future by establishing the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics.

2015

The National Cancer Institute designates the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center

2015

Dr. Helen Hobbs receives the international Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for discoveries showing how certain genes predispose people to heart attacks and other genes offer protection from heart disease.

Dr. Helen Hobbs

2016

The newly opened cryo-electron microscope facility features a unique collection of instruments that researchers can use to view 3-D images of objects as tiny as an atom.

2016

UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources form Southwestern Health Resources, a clinically integrated health care network.

2017

UT Southwestern breaks ground on a 650,000-square-foot expansion of Clements University Hospital, capping 75 years of the Medical Center’s existence while signaling its commitment to delivering the future of medicine for generations to come.