Established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department, UTMB has grown from one building, 23 students and 13 faculty members to a modern health science center with more than 70 major buildings, more than 2,500 students and more than 1,000 faculty.
The 84-acre campus includes four schools, three institutes for advanced study, a major medical library, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care, an affiliated Shriners Burns Hospital, and numerous research facilities. UTMB is a component of the University of Texas System.
UTMB’s Health System provides comprehensive care through a growing network of campus- and community-based clinics, in its Galveston-based inpatient care complex and Level III trauma center, and in collaboration with clinical partners in mainland Galveston County and beyond. Areas of clinical excellence at UTMB include the Texas Transplant Center, burns care, women’s health, stroke care, cardiovascular services, geriatrics, metabolic disorders (including treatment for obesity and diabetes), and cancer. UTMB is also working on numerous pilot programs to better address the needs of special populations.
UTMB’s Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes provides patients and their physicians a resource for the type of advanced care found only at university medical centers. Services include advanced imaging, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Breast Health Center, Center for Weight Management, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center, Pelvic Health and Continence Center, and surgical specialty care.
Medical research at UTMB delves into a broad range of promising topics that often have immediate application to patient care. Areas of research strength include infectious diseases, biodefense and vaccine development; cancer; aging; diabetes; neuroscience and neurological recovery; environmental health and asthma; and molecular medicine, structural biology and proteomics. UTMB also is home to the Institute for the Medical Humanities, the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, the Institute for Translational Science, and three World Health Organization Collaborating Centers. In addition, the university is home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the first national lab of any kind in Texas and one of only two national biocontainment labs for the safe study of infectious threats to human health.
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