The mission of The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston is to create a healthier future for Texas and beyond. Our institution does this through scientific research, medical education, clinical care and outreach. But, the pursuit of excellence in these areas requires both expertise and deep financial resources.

Dean’s Excellence Fund

The Dean’s Excellence Fund has funded countless scholarships, allowing our students to fulfill their potential and make their dreams come true, and it provides a critical advantage to our top leadership. Our dean uses this strategic resource to seize unexpected opportunities, from pursuing unanticipated developments in research to responding to matching grant challenges.

Children’s Learning Institute Excellence Fund

The Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, under the leadership of founder and director Dr. Susan H. Landry, combines data and studies from the fields of psychology, neurodevelopment, education and child development to provide proven learning solutions derived from, and supported by, documented research. The Children’s Learning Institute strives to be the preeminent source for proven clinical and educational programs covering early childhood through adolescence.

Consortium on Aging

The Consortium on Aging was established in 2009 with seed monies committed by UTHealth in response to the imperatives of the aging population. Continuing support comes from competitive grants and private philanthropy. Donors are vital to the establishment and progression of geriatric care and education programs and to the research efforts that will build our body of knowledge and allow us to establish new models of care.

Henry W. Strobel, Ph.D. Freshman Retreat

Since 1977, students have arrived at the Freshman Retreat as strangers and have left as close friends. The retreat teaches new students how to survive medical school through games, faculty presentations, and small group discussions. Your support of the retreat helps the Alumni Association enhance this beloved tradition of creating strong bonds between classmates.

The Alumni Association named the fund after Henry W. Strobel, Ph.D., who was there at the creation and has continued to act as faculty advisor for the last 35 years. The Association is proud to be able to honor Dr. Strobel’s vision and commitment to the Freshman, Alumni and Faculty Retreat.

Stinson Global Health Student Assistance

The Mark Edward Stinson, M.D., Global Health Student Assistance Fund has been established in honor of Dr. Mark Stinson at UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The goal of the fund is to provide travel assistance to students who wish to provide international medical care, provide scholarships for students interested in a career in global health, and to support medical students with an interest in public health/informatics training.

Institute of Molecular Medicine

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM) at UTHealth was established in 1995 in the heart of the Texas Medical Center.  The IMM is focused on studying and preventing diseases at the genetic, cellular and molecular levels using DNA and protein technologies and animal models. The IMM is part of the Texas Therapeutics Institute, a multi-institutional collaboration encouraging drug discovery.

Neuroscience Online

Neuroscience Online is centered on providing an open-access electronic resource for students, faculty, and those interested in neuroscience. The project began in 1999 and the first module was released in 2007. Development continues with new features, such as iOS functionality, course lecture videos and clinical correlate lecture videos.

Neuroscience Research Center & Anatomy

Neuroscience research conducted at the Neuroscience Research Center extends across a range of basic scientific research, which aims to uncover the fundamentals of brain function and activity, to clinical and translational projects which aim to define, treat and prevent brain-related disorders. The high quality of research being performed by NRC members has led to university, state, national and international recognition through multiple honors and awards.

Parents & Friends

The mission of the Organization of Parents and Friends is to enhance the quality of student life, provide emergency loan funds, award scholarships, and involve parents in the activities and needs of the McGovern Medical School.

James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., MD Scholarship Initiative

The James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., MD Scholarship Initiative is part of a transformational campaign and the first full-ride scholarship that will help the next generation of physicians dedicate their lives to the love of people and medicine.

The Department of Anesthesiology Benjamin M. Rigor Society


  • Founding Circle Member ($5,000+)
  • Chairman’s Circle Member ($2,500 to $4,999)
  • Scholar’s Circle Member ($1,000 to $2,499)
  • Clinician Member ($500 to $999)
  • Annual Member ($100 to $499)

John Ritter Research Program Aortic & Vascular Disease

The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases is working hard to try and prevent premature deaths due to aortic dissection through identifying genes that predispose to the disease (a first step in identifying who is at risk), understanding why the disease occurs, and identifying new therapies to prevent aortic disease. In addition, the Program will work to increase awareness and educate both the public and emergency room personnel to the dangers of aortic dissection and promote life-saving reminders to help in early detection and surgical intervention.

McGovern Medical School – Student Scholarships Fund

A recent perception survey found that one of the greatest areas of concern for students of UTHealth McGovern Medical School is a lack of available scholarships. Creating an endowed scholarship allows our institution to attract the finest students, many of whom might not otherwise be able to afford to nurture their talents without the benefit of financial assistance.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, but also may consider financial need and other factors, if the donor chooses. For example, one may wish to establish a scholarship specifically for students in a particular field of study. Scholarships may be structured as a one-time award or designed to assist students over the entire course of a multi-year degree plan, provided the students meet certain eligibility and academic standards. Scholarships may be named for the donor or to honor any individual the donor chooses.

Other Medical School Funds

McGovern Medical School – Medical Research

Orthopaedic Excellence

McGovern Medical School Patient Care

If you would like to make a gift, or to request for more information, please contact Sandra NauertExecutive Director of Development, at 713-500-3604 or .