We changed the name to honor the $75 million gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation.



The name change went into effect the day the gift was announced, Nov. 23, 2015



The UTHealth Medical School was renamed John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, Nov. 23, 2015. Its official short name is McGovern Medical School.

The following are guidelines in the proper use of the new school name in print, narrative and conversation.

  • McGovern Medical School is not preceded by “the.”
  • McGovern Medical School is not preceded by “UTHealth.” Though McGovern Medical School falls under the umbrella organization of UTHealth, neither its formal long name nor short name legally includes “UTHealth.” As a “named” school, McGovern Medical School will describe its affiliation with UTHealth in narrative form (examples to follow).
  • The long name — John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School – will be reserved for certain official documents, letterhead, building signage, wayfinding signage and other uses determined by the Dean’s Office of McGovern Medical School and the Office of the President of UTHealth.

Acceptable ways to describe UTHealth’s relationship with McGovern Medical School:

  • McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
  • McGovern Medical School, a part of UTHealth.
  • UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School… (this possessive usage should be used sparingly)



Acceptable ways to describe the name change on transcripts or alumni documentation:

  • Karen Kaplan, MD, ’77, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (now known as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth)
  • Karen Kaplan, MD, McGovern Medical School, formerly The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.



No. Transcripts for all UTHealth schools include the name of our institution as The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and then include the student’s degree program.



Yes. We worked with the McGovern Foundation to create a new logo.




Business cards and letterhead are available for purchase at the Print Shop.



The McGovern Medical School will follow the established processes for ordering of business cards and letterhead – via the Print Shop, and lab coats via the Bookstore.




No, but future badges will include MMS to reflect McGovern Medical School.



As institutes of the McGovern Medical School, they should reflect that, using the new McGovern Medical School logo where appropriate.



Signage will reflect the new name.



The gift provides the first full-ride scholarship for our students. In addition, it strengthens the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, which will be an important focus for our students and our broader community, which will benefit from an Olserian philosophy.



The full-ride scholarships are the primary addition as the result of the gift, and more programs may be developed within the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics in future years.



No. The name will be updated throughout the website – both written and logo. Email signatures may be updated in text by adding “McGovern” in front of Medical School and can be downloaded here.



All uses of the logo and signage will eventually transition to the new versions.



John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School and the seal of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.



The Medical School will use The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston seal.



The building codes will not change, but the acronym will be MMS instead of MS.