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50 Years of McGovern Medical School

Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, McGovern Medical School was established in 1969 to utilize untapped resources and address a nationwide shortage of physicians.

Over the past five decades, McGovern Medical School has moved to the forefront of medical education, clinical care, and research, growing to the seventh largest medical school in the nation. With over 1,000 medical students and a similar number of residents and fellows, McGovern Medical School is one of the most diverse in the country.

McGovern Medical School welcomed its first class of 19 in 1970, and less than 10 years later, class sizes grew to 200. Today, McGovern Medical School accepts classes of 240 students per year to meet the growing demand of physicians throughout the state of Texas and to educate leaders for tomorrow.

At McGovern Medical School, students have access to the latest technologies, wonderful clinical teaching sites, while being taught compassionate patient care with an emphasis on humanities, ethics, patient quality, and safety. Students are surrounded by a rich collaborative environment that includes the six schools of UTHealth and all of the institutions of the Texas Medical Center.

Join us as we honor 50 Years of McGovern Medical School and celebrate as we move forward the future of medical education.

View our annual report honoring 50 years of McGovern Medical School history.

Click here to view or order a copy of our 50th Anniversary book.


Whether through daily clinical work, volunteer efforts throughout the community, or a display of strength when facing adversity, the McGovern Medical School community has established a culture of compassion that knows no limits.

Dr. Thomas Marbury visits with a patient at the Memorial Downtown Clinic in 1974.

McGovern Medical School students, faculty, and staff have never hesitated to support the community. Through countless tragedies, most recently Hurricane Harvey, the medical school has embraced the resiliency that the city of Houston and its residents possess.


McGovern Medical School makes its home within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. With nearly 50 million developed square feet of space in the campus, and some of the brightest clinical and medical research minds in the world, collaboration abounds for McGovern Medical School.

An integral part of one of the most diverse cities in the United States assures countless opportunities for us to partner with leading medical and research entities locally, statewide, and across the nation. McGovern continues to expand its reach and growth as it heads toward the future of medical education and biomedical research.


Curiosity fuels the dreams of the future and opens the doors to new horizons. Building upon a strong foundation that included the first Nobel Laureate in the Texas Medical Center, McGovern Medical School continues to lead the way into the future of medical research.

Setting research as a core value has led to over 2,000 research contract and grant awards since 2016, and continues to fuel a passion for discovery among the entire Medical School.