Mary Kollmer Horton arrived at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School with affiliations in both Educational Programs and the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.  Dr. Horton holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University, one in Sociomedical Sciences (MPH) and one in Psychiatric Epidemiology (MA), and recently earned an interdisciplinary humanities doctorate (PhD) from Emory University entitled An (Un)Natural Alliance: Medical Education and the HumanitiesThe Rise and Fall of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine (1971-1981).  This work focuses on mid- to late-twentieth century efforts to integrate humanities into medical education and uses the tools of historical analysis and sociological theories to understand the complexities of incorporating humanities content into medical education.  Horton’s academic interests include the use of humanities in professional education, institutional and organizational theories in education, medical and psychiatric history.

Prior to arriving at McGovern Medical School, Dr. Horton was an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Professional Development at Emory University’s Laney Graduate School and a member of the leadership of Emory’s School of Medicine MD/PhD Program.  She has served on Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) committees related to physician-scientist training, and presented on the importance of training physician scholars in non-traditional fields, such as the humanities and social sciences. She currently serves on the AAMC Southern Group for Education Administrator’s (SGEA) – Medical Humanities Special Interest Group. Horton has over 20 years of experience working with students on professional development and scholarship.


Bachelor of Arts
Russell Sage College
Master of Arts
Columbia University
Master of Public Health
Columbia University
Doctor of Philosophy
Emory University