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Medical School Partnerships

Harris Health System is proud of its clinical affiliations with nationally recognized schools of medicine. These academic affiliations provide our patients with access to some of the finest medical care in our region. As researchers and leaders in their fields, our doctors are defining the next generation of healthcare.

Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest, is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. In addition to Ben Taub Hospital, a primary teaching site for BCM, many of the network of clinics are also staffed by its faculty, fellows and residents.

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health. UTHealth educates more healthcare professionals than any health-related institution in Texas and features the nation’s seventh-largest medical school. Founded in 1972 by the U.T. System Board of Regents, UTHealth’s 10,000-plus faculty, staff, students and residents are committed to delivering innovative solutions that create the best hope for a healthier future. 

McGovern Medical School was established by the Texas Legislature on June 13, 1969. Since its inception, more than 5,000 physicians have earned their medical degree. The school also provides residency and fellow training as well as continuing education programs for practicing physicians. The medical school staff Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a primary teaching hospital, and many of Harris Health's growing network of health centers throughout Harris County.

The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry
Since its founding in 1905, the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry has graduated more than 6,000 dentists, 1,850 dental hygienists and nearly 1,500 post-graduate specialists. Currently, the school offers 11 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general dentistry residency programs and six specialty programs in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, prosthodontics, periodontics and orthodontics. 

Students gain clinical skills in on-site clinics, at affiliated hospitals and through community outreach. The school has affiliations with Ben Taub Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. As the only dental school in southeast Texas, it is a primary source of quality oral health care for low-income families, the traditionally underserved, and for patients with special needs and/or medical comorbidities.

Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine

The Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine was founded in 2019 with a social mission to improve health in underserved communities in Houston and across Texas. Their approach to medical education is rooted in sound clinical training aimed at overall wellness. The Fertitta Family College of Medicine doesn't train students to simply treat illness, but to take a holistic approach to improving patients' health. In addition, faculty and students address the social and economic factors that affect health outcomes, and work with a variety of professionals to eliminate health disparities in high-priority communities.