January 1968 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.
May 1969 The Texas Legislature approves the UT Medical School at Houston.
SigningGov. Preston Smith signs House Bill 80 into law at Texas Medical Center ceremonies in the Sammons Auditorium of the Jesse H. Jones Library Building.
First DeanCheves McCord Smythe, M.D., is appointed first dean of the new school.
September 1970 The first class of 19 students is selected and enrolls at UT campuses in three cities.
June 1971 The first entering class of 32 students to complete all studies in Houston is welcomed at orientation.
Construction BeginsJohn H. Freeman Building construction begins.
October 1972 George Bush, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, dedicates the John H. Freeman Building.
November 1972 The Medical School joins The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston organizational structure.
September 1973 Construction of Phase II (523,760 gross-square feet) begins for the Medical School Building, connecting the Freeman Building with Hermann Hospital.
First Entering ClassThe first class of 19 students is selected and enrolls at UT campuses in three cities.
December 1974 Charles Berry, M.D., is named the first president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
December 1975 Robert L. Tuttle, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School at Houston.
Devastating FloodThe nearly completed Medical School Building, connecting the John H. Freeman Building and Hermann Hospital, is devastated by flood.
August 1976 The first flight of Hermann Life Flight.
Phase II ConstructionPhase II construction of the Medical School Building is completed.
August 1977 The first weekend orientation retreat for new students is hosted by second-year students.
September 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.
June 1978 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.
May 1981 The first alumni day event is held.
Third DeanErnst Knobil, Ph.D., is named the third dean.
Dr. Red DukeJames “Red” Duke, M.D., professor of surgery, airs the first televised program that would eventually evolve into an internationally syndicated health segment for television.
The Alumni MagazineThe first issue of The Alumni Magazine is published.
February 1984 Positron Diagnostic and Research Center, later re-named Cyclotron, opens.
Acting DeanLouis A. Faillace, M.D., becomes acting dean.
Fourth DeanC. Frank Webber, M.D., is named the fourth dean.
August 1985 Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences (TRIMS) becomes the UT Mental Sciences Institute (MSI).
Fifth DeanJohn C. Ribble, M.D., becomes the fifth dean, having served as associate dean for academic affairs since 1978.
March 1986 Webber Plaza is dedicated in honor of deceased dean, Dr. Frank Webber.
April 1986 The first group of students travel to China with Henry Strobel, Ph.D., as part of this ongoing senior program.
September 1987 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.
Third PresidentM. David Low, M.D., Ph.D., is appointed the third president of the UT Health Science Center.
New AffiliationThe affiliation between the UT Medical School and Harris County Hospital District (Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital) is approved.
September 1994 Problem-based Learning (PBL) is incorporated into the second-year curriculum.
November 1994 University Care Plus (UCP) is created as the management services organization for the School’s clinical practice. UCP is later renamed UT Physicians.
July 1995 Cheves McCord Smythe, M.D., is appointed dean pro tem.
Sixth DeanL. Maximilian Buja, M.D., is named the sixth dean of the UT Medical School.
White Coat CeremonyThe annual White Coat Ceremony is introduced for new students.
November 1997 The merger of Hermann Hospital with Memorial Healthcare System is approved and named the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Dr. Murad Awarded Nobel PrizeThe 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.
February 2000 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.
Dr. Willerson Named PresidentJames T. Willerson, M.D., is named president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Tropical Storm AllisonTropical 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.
Dean SchultzStanley G. Schultz, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School, having served as interim dean since June 2003.
UT Professional BuildingThe 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.
March 2005 Demolition of the John Freeman Building begins to make way for the six-story Replacement Research Facility.
Interim Dean NamedJerry S. Wolinsky, M.D., is named interim dean of the UT Medical School.
July 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.
October 2006 The National Institutes of Health awards $36 million to establish the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.
August 2007 The UT Medical School welcomes its largest class, 230 students, to address national physician shortage concerns.
Dr. Colasurdo Named DeanGiuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., is named dean of the UT Medical School.
Medical School Expansion FacilityThe Medical School Expansion Facility, home to four stories of laboratory research space and a two-story vivarium, opens.
Dr. Kaiser Named PresidentLarry R. Kaiser, M.D., is named president of the UT Health Science Center.
November 2010 The UT System Board of Regents approves a dba for the UT Health Science Center, UTHealth.
November 2010 The UTHealth Medical School marks its 40th anniversary of academic excellence with a school-wide celebration in Webber Plaza.
IMM Joins the Medical SchoolThe Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases joins McGovern Medical School as a research institute.
October 2012 Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., is named president and the Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair of UTHealth.
Dr. Stoll Named DeanBarbara J. Stoll, M.D., is named dean of McGovern Medical School.
November 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.
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