Established by the Texas Legislature in June 1969, the first class of 19 students entered in 1970. By 1979, class sizes of 200, legislatively supported through state formula funding, were the norm. From a new school with no buildings or students to one of the nation’s outstanding centers of academic medicine, The John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) continues to develop into one of the leading centers of excellence devoted to medical education, research, quality patient care, and community outreach. Take a moment to review a brief summary of milestones that tell the unfolding story of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Original affiliation agreement is signed between the Hermann Hospital Estate and The University of Texas Board of Regents, making Hermann Hospital the primary teaching facility for the proposed University of Texas Medical School at Houston. January 1968
The Texas Legislature approves the UT Medical School at Houston. May 1969
Preston signing

Signing

Gov. Preston Smith signs House Bill 80 into law at Texas Medical Center ceremonies in the Sammons Auditorium of the Jesse H. Jones Library Building. June 1969
Smythe

First Dean

Cheves McCord Smythe, M.D., is appointed first dean of the new school.   April 1970
The first class of 19 students is selected and enrolls at UT campuses in three cities. September 1970
The first entering class of 32 students to complete all studies in Houston is welcomed at orientation. June 1971
Freeman_building

Construction Begins

John H. Freeman Building construction begins. August 1971
George Bush, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, dedicates the John H. Freeman Building. October 1972
The Medical School joins The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston organizational structure. November 1972
Construction of Phase II (523,760 gross-square feet) begins for the Medical School Building, connecting the Freeman Building with Hermann Hospital. September 1973
Graduation_1970

First Entering Class

The first class of 19 students is selected and enrolls at UT campuses in three cities. December 1973
Charles Berry, M.D., is named the first president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. December 1974
Robert L. Tuttle, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School at Houston. December 1975
Flood?1976

Devastating Flood

The nearly completed Medical School Building, connecting the John H. Freeman Building and Hermann Hospital, is devastated by flood. July 1976
The first flight of Hermann Life Flight. August 1976
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Phase II Construction

Phase II construction of the Medical School Building is completed. March 1977
The first weekend orientation retreat for new students is hosted by second-year students. August 1977
The first four-year class is admitted (class size, 150). The three-year curriculum is phased out with the graduation of the 1976 entering class. September 1977
Roger Bulger, M.D., is named the second president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. June 1978
Phase III construction of the new Medical School Building (which began in 1975) is completed. June 1978
The first alumni day event is held. May 1981
Knobil_1981

Third Dean

Ernst Knobil, Ph.D., is named the third dean. June 1981
Duke_1982

Dr. Red Duke

James “Red” Duke, M.D., professor of surgery, airs the first televised program that would eventually evolve into an internationally syndicated health segment for television. August 1982
Alumni_Magazine

The Alumni Magazine

The first issue of The Alumni Magazine is published. October 1982
Positron Diagnostic and Research Center, later re-named Cyclotron, opens. February 1984
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Acting Dean

Louis A. Faillace, M.D., becomes acting dean. April 1985
Webber

Fourth Dean

C. Frank Webber, M.D., is named the fourth dean. July 1985
Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences (TRIMS) becomes the UT Mental Sciences Institute (MSI). August 1985
Ribble_1986

Fifth Dean

John C. Ribble, M.D., becomes the fifth dean, having served as associate dean for academic affairs since 1978. January 1986
Webber Plaza is dedicated in honor of deceased dean, Dr. Frank Webber. March 1986
The first group of students travel to China with Henry Strobel, Ph.D., as part of this ongoing senior program. April 1986
John C. Ribble, M.D., is named interim president of the UT Health Science Center by UT Chancellor Hans Mark to serve the dual role of president and dean. September 1987
Low_1989

Third President

M. David Low, M.D., Ph.D., is appointed the third president of the UT Health Science Center. August 1989
LBJ_Hospital

New Affiliation

The affiliation between the UT Medical School and Harris County Hospital District (Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital) is approved. January 1990
Problem-based Learning (PBL) is incorporated into the second-year curriculum. September 1994
University Care Plus (UCP) is created as the management services organization for the School’s clinical practice. UCP is later renamed UT Physicians. November 1994
Cheves McCord Smythe, M.D., is appointed dean pro tem. July 1995
Buja_1996

Sixth Dean

L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., is named the sixth dean of the UT Medical School. April 1996
white_coat_1996

White Coat Ceremony

The annual White Coat Ceremony is introduced for new students. August 1996
The merger of Hermann Hospital with Memorial Healthcare System is approved and named the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. November 1997
Murad

Dr. Murad Awarded Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to the Medical School’s chairman of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., for his research detailing the biological properties of nitric oxide. December 1997
The UT System Board of Regents approves $50 million in Permanent University Funds to launch planning and fundraising for three new buildings, including a Medical School research building. February 2000
Willerson

Dr. Willerson Named President

James T. Willerson, M.D., is named president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. March 2001
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Tropical Storm Allison

Tropical Storm Allison unleashes 10 million gallons of rain runoff into the basement of the Medical School Building, causing an estimated $205 million in damages. Memorial Hermann Hospital is forced to close for the first time in 70 years. June 2001
Schultz

Dean Schultz

Stanley G. Schultz, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School, having served as interim dean since June 2003. June 2004
Hermann_Professional_Building

UT Professional Building

The University of Texas Health Science Center purchases the Hermann Professional Building and renames it The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building. September 2004
After more than three years of construction following the devastation of Tropical Storm Allison, the ground floor of the UT Medical School reopens to student, faculty, and administrative functions. September 2004
Demolition of the John Freeman Building begins to make way for the six-story Replacement Research Facility. March 2005
Wolinsky

Interim Dean Named

Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D., is named interim dean of the UT Medical School. June 2006
The Medical School’s curriculum is enhanced through the opening of the Surgical and Clinical Skills Center and the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit. July 2006
The National Institutes of Health awards $36 million to establish the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. October 2006
The UT Medical School welcomes its largest class, 230 students, to address national physician shortage concerns. August 2007

ColasurdoDr. Colasurdo Named Dean

Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School. September 2007
Medical_School_Expansion

Medical School Expansion Facility

The Medical School Expansion Facility, home to four stories of laboratory research space and a two-story vivarium, opens. January 2007
Kaiser

Dr. Kaiser Named President

Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., is named president of the UT Health Science Center. August 2008
The UT System Board of Regents approves a dba for the UT Health Science Center, UTHealth. November 2010
40th_anniversary The UTHealth Medical School marks its 40th anniversary of academic excellence with a school-wide celebration in Webber Plaza. November 2010
IMM_2011

IMM Joins the Medical School

The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases joins McGovern Medical School as a research institute. January 2011
Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., is named president and the Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair of UTHealth. October 2012
Stoll

Dr. Stoll Named Dean

Barbara J. Stoll, M.D., is named dean of McGovern Medical School. October 2015
Transformational gift from the McGovern Foundation renames school to John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, placing a renewed emphasis on humanism, ethics, research, and scholarship. November 2015
McGovern-Day---Sign-Ceremony

Inaugural McGovern Day

The inaugural McGovern Day celebration – a day to honor Dr. John P. and Mrs. Kathrine G. McGovern for their many contribution to our city and our school. December 6, 2016