1. News & Events

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    UTHSC Centennial Gala. Photo by El-Pwe Photos.

    Centennial Gala Photos

    We have over 200 photos from the Centennial Gala. See if you can find yourself, or see what you missed.

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  2. Major Discoveries


    The accomplishments of James Etteldorf, M.D. include conducting the first exchange transfusion to a child in Memphis and the first use of penicillin in treating meningitis in Memphis; being the first physician in the Mid-South to procure and use ACTH for the treatment of leukemia and for treatment of nephrosis; and successfully treating tuberculosis meningitis in Memphis; he pioneered the technique of peritoneal dialysis for managing renal failure and salicylate poisoning in children.

    Dr. E, as he was affectionately known, came to UT in 1932 where he taught part time and attended the School of Biological Sciences part time. His initial goal was to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology, but he decided in favor of the broader training of medicine and obtained his M.D. degree from the UT College of Medicine in 1942. His internship and pediatric residency were taken at the John Gaston Hospital, plus one additional year at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He also administered a postdoctoral training grant, which was awarded to him in the late 1950s and funded by the NIH for a record 18 years.

  3. Timeline & History

    A glimpse from the 1910's...


    1912 - The Baptist Hospital opened its doors

    A small group of Southern Baptists sweltered in 90-degree temperatures when they formally opened their 150-bed hospital on the edge of town in 1912.

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  4. Present & Future

    A parent and child enjoy the scenery at the Hamilton Eye Institute's pediatric clinic in the UT Health Science Center Department of Ophthalmology.Only two public colleges of dentistry in the nation have been preparing students longer than the University of Tennessee. The establishment of our College of Dentistry in 1878 makes UT the oldest in the South.UTHSC College of Medicine students monitor a new computerized mannequin that displays all the vitals of a real patient including pulse, breathing and heart rate.On February 28, 2009, Memphis experienced its largest snowfall in 40 years.  More than five inches of snow covered the campus.Since its founding, UTHSC has educated and trained more than 53,000 health professionals at campuses in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
    UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences students display posters showcasing their research at the annual Graduate Research Day.UTHSC professors conduct research using a 'spine robot' - a first-of-its-kind machine that simulates movements and loads on a person's spine, contributing to improved treatment of spinal conditions.Built in 1954, the Nash Research Building boasts an unusual annex that merges the exterior facade with a modern interior and multiple floors of research labs.A Life Flight helicopter stands ready at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.  The facility's three aircraft transport an average of 2,000 patients each year.
    High-tech patient simulators allow nursing students to monitor vital signs that can be programmed in a variety of ways to accurately mimic conditions in real patients.A pharmacy student is supervised during a required compounding assignment in the Memphis Pharmacy Lab, which can accommodate up to 50 students.The UT Health Science Center College of Allied Health Sciences offers 15 professional degree programs including a clinical doctorate in audiology.
    UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists is a new physician group that will initially include more than 100 pediatric subspecialists who practice at Le Bonheur and have academic appointments at UTHSC.  The structure will expand the capabilities of both Le Bonheur and UTHSC.A sign marks the spot for the future home of the Translational Science Research Building on the corner of Manassas and Union.  The new building will bring together investigatorsfrom different colleges and specialties to encourage collaboration.
    The new College of Pharmacy building is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2011.  The six-story, 192,000-square-foot building will centrally combine the college and all lab-based research activities to create synergies and further multidisciplinary, collaborative research efforts.

    Click on an image to see a larger image and to read a little about the photo. You can also view our Present and Future page to get a snapshot of the past year or so on campus. It will also give you a glimpse into the future plans here at UTHSC.

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  5. The Book

    Cover of UTHSC Centennial Book

    The centennial book titled - The Legacy The Future: A Centennial Portrait of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center - is available in the UTHSC Bookstore located at 930 Madison Avenue (plaza level) in Memphis.

    The UTHSC centennial book can also be purchased online through the university bookstore Web site. The beautifully photographed, oversized coffee table book is priced at $60, but the advance, discount price is $50, plus shipping [$6.95 for the first book, $1.95 for each additional book shipped to the same address]. Plus, at no extra charge, the first 1,000 orders will include a free book - The University of Tennessee, Memphis, 75th Anniversary - Medical Accomplishments, written by James E. Hamner. This book is filled with stories and facts about the campus. Order early to get your free copy.

    Be part of the centennial celebration by contributing historical photos, personal reflections, or artifacts you may have from your time at UTHSC for inclusion on the Web site or in special campus displays. Please contact Richard Nollan in the Health Sciences Historical Collections at (901) 448-6053, rnollan@uthsc.edu.

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