With roots to 1794, the University of Tennessee has been training medical professionals since 1911 when it was recognized as the home of the country's largest medical college, a program that not only survived, but also excelled.
The UT Graduate School of Medicine has a long history of graduate medical training. The "Internship Program" (the predecessor to a Transitional Residency Program) was the first program to be officially accredited in 1956 with the opening of the new UT Memorial Research Center and Hospital. In 1957, programs in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, "General Practice" (now known as Family Medicine), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Pediatrics and Surgery received accreditation and were established.
In 1991, The University of Tennessee College of Medicine formalized its graduate medical and dental education programs in Knoxville at UT Medical Center by naming the program the UT Graduate School of Medicine. The UT Medical Center separated from the University of Tennessee in 1999 to form a 501 C3 not for profit corporation.
Today, UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville is part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the statewide academic health system. The school is home to more than 190 residents in 12 medical and dental training programs, 12 specialty fellowships, clerkship rotations, and scores of continuing education opportunities.
The faculty and staff are comprised of more than 200 teaching physicians and researchers and more than 180 volunteer faculty physicians and dentists. The school, together with clinical partner, University Health System Inc., forms the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the only academic medical center in the area.
1794 - Charter granted to Blount College by Territorial Assembly.
1806 - Congress passes Act requiring Tennessee to establish two colleges, one of which must be in East Tennessee.
1807 - Blount College reorganized as East Tennessee College after receiving federal land grants.
1826 - East Tennessee College is moved to “The Hill” and prospers.
1840 - Legislature changes the name of East Tennessee College to East Tennessee University.
1846 - Tennessee’s first medical school, an independent school called Memphis Medical College, is launched.
1865 - East Tennessee University, having been disrupted by the Civil War, reopens after damages created by both Union and Confederate forces are repaired.
1877 - First session of the Nashville Medical College is launched.
1879 - East Tennessee University becomes the University of Tennessee.
1879 - First dental school in the South established at Nashville Medical College.
1879 - University of Tennessee adopts the Nashville Medical College as its medical department.
1889 - Tennessee Medical College is founded at Gay and Main streets in Knoxville.
1904 - Classes at Tennessee Medical College open for female applicants.
1911 - University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine, already combined with the University of Nashville, moves to Memphis. Shortly thereafter, the College becomes the largest in the U.S.
1912 - UT College of Medicine graduates three female physicians.
1912 - University of Tennessee erects a new laboratory for its College of Medicine.
1913 - The University of Tennessee obtains the buildings and equipment of four local independent medical schools for its College of Medicine in Memphis.
1914 - Medical students training in Knoxville are transferred to the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. The buildings originally used by Tennessee Medical College, which became a part of Lincoln Memorial University in 1909, are later used for the Knoxville General Hospital.
1945 - President Harry Truman pushes through a bill to provide funds to states to build new hospitals.
1946 - Manhattan Project officials announce plans to produce radioactive isotopes for medical research.
1946 - State legislature approves a bill to build a $6 million, 550-bed hospital and isotopic research center.
1946 - GIs raise enrollment at UT to an all-time high of 10,000.
1956 - UT Memorial Research Center and Hospital opens and includes 14 laboratories to be used for research and was accredited to train transitional year residents.
1957 - Programs in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, "General Practice" (now known as Family Medicine), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Pediatrics and Surgery received accreditation and were established.
1957 - Dr. E. Stanfield Rogers named first director of research center.
1958 - UT researchers begin to explore the effects of outer space on humans.
1960 - UT President Andy Holt outlines new plan for physician training that includes continuing education programs for “near-by” physicians.
1963 - UT Research Center-Hospital in Knoxville designated as a graduate and postgraduate training center under the auspices of the administration of the medical units on UT’s Memphis campus.
1964 - Dr. Amoz I. Chernoff named director of research.
1965 - New $1 million research center addition opens.
1966 - National March of Dimes grant awarded to research center for the study of birth defects.
1967 - UT Trustees request legislative funding to build medical school in Knoxville.
1968 - UT’s research center is one of only fifteen sites testing L-Dopa to control Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
1968 - Knoxville newspapers carry a series of articles highlighting UT’s excellence in the research of birth defects, blood disorders, and cancer research.
1970 - Intensive Care Nursery established.
1971 - Comprehensive Health Manpower Act attempts to coax physicians to locate in medically under-served areas by offering attractive loan incentives.
1973 - State’s first Clinical Education Center, predecessor to UT Graduate School of Medicine, opens in Knoxville to train physicians for rural areas.
1979 - Plans for Family Practice Center formed.
1982 - UT Family Practice Center serves more than 1,400 patients a month.
1985 - Dr. Mitchell Goldman performs first kidney transplant at UT Hospital.
1986 - First heart transplant performed at UT Hospital.
1990 - UT College of Medicine increases its endowed professorships, including 19 Chairs of Excellence.
1991 - UT Graduate School of Medicine is formed to allow residencies, subspecialty fellowships and continuing education programs to be managed in Knoxville. University Memorial Hospital is reconfigured. Dr. I. Reid Collmann is named the first Dean.
1992 - American Cancer Society names UT Graduate School of Medicine’s Dr. Alan Solomon as Clinical Research Professor of Clinical Medicine for integrating his laboratory research on multiple myeloma with patient care.
1993 - George Kabalka, PhD, is recognized as the South’s most distinguished chemist for his research into developing imaging agents for MRI and PET scans.
1993 - UT researchers send an experiment to study anemia in astronauts aboard the Columbia space shuttle.
1993 - Charles W. Mercer, MD was named Executive Vice Chancellor for UTGSM.
1995 - Dr. Michael R. Caudle is named second Dean of the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Caudle also served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1987- 1989.
1996 - 168 resident physicians make up the largest group trained at UT Graduate School of Medicine at that time.
1999 - UT Medical Center separated from the University of Tennessee to form a 501 C3 not for profit corporation.
1999 - UT Graduate School of Medicine’s Preston Medical Library and Learning Resource Center moves to larger location in Clinical Education Center building.
1999 - UT Graduate School of Medicine establishes Adolescent Health/Health Education program at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Buck Toms, where resident physicians provide medical care for 3,000 scouts and others.
2005 - More than 50% of the physicians trained in Knoxville, remain in Tennessee to practice medicine.
2006 - UT Graduate School of Medicine accepts its 49th class of physician residents while its 1,546th resident completes requirements for board certification. Happy 15th anniversary, Graduate School of Medicine.
2007 - James J. Neutens, PhD, was named Dean of the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
2007 - Professor and researcher Alan Solomon, M.D., director of the Human Immunology and Cancer/Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyloid-Related Disorders Research Program, is awarded a five-year grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute. This highlights one of the longest active grants in NIH history and is the longest running NIH grant in UT history. Dr. Solomon was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 2014 following 47 years of clinical practice..
2008 - Two new fellowships, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease, join a long list of specialty fellowships approved for physician and dentist education.
2008 - The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation first opens it's doors in a 400-square-foot facility.
2009 - The initial meeting of the Board of Visitors was held on June 3. The Board's mission is to advise and assist the Dean in strategic planning, the development and implementation of short- and long-term goals, community outreach and service, and the garnering of financial support for education, research and clinical care.
2009 - Alfred D. Beasley, MD, FACP, Professor Emeritus, was recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) for his 50-year anniversary of graduation from medical school. Dr. Beasley served as chairman of the Department of Medicine at University of Tennessee Medical Center for 30 years and was awarded Professor Emeritus in 1997.
2010 - The University of Tennessee Medical Center opens a dedicated Heart Hospital which bolsters Graduate School of Medicine fellowship programs in Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Disease and Vascular Surgery.
2010 - Dr. Mitchell Goldman named first UTGSM Assistant Dean of Research
2010 - The Amyloidosis Research of Drs. Alan Solomon and Jonathan Wall is the featured cover story in the September 30 issue of Blood, Journal of the American Society of Hematology.
2011 - Department of Family Medicine Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony of Phase I of a three-phase expansion designed to improve the residency training experience and allow Family Medicine's ambulatory clinic, University Family Physicians (UFP), to restructure into a team-structured, patient-centered medical home concept.
2011- The Medical Explorations Program for high school students to shadow University of Tennessee Medical Center and UT Graduate School of Medicine medical staff, celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
2012 - The Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is established.
2012 - The UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation opens it's new facility. The new center is 6,500 square feet, significantly larger than the 400-square-foot original simulation center that opened in 2008.
2012 - Advance Digest magazine begins publication highlighting UTGSM Research
2013 - The UT Graduate School of Medicine established an Academy of Scholars in May 2013, an externally reviewed fellowship of UT faculty physicians who have demonstrated excellence in medical education and with the goals to develop activities and methods to strengthen the academic mission of the institution.
2013 - UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation Earns Top Accreditation and became the only facility in Tennessee and one of just 67 in the world to earn accreditation as a Level I Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) from the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
2013 - The UT Graduate School of Medicine received approval from the UT College of Medicine to offer clerkships in neurology, pediatrics and psychiatry beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.
2014 - Expanding upon the resources of Preston Medical Library, a new Health Information Center opened in the main lobby of The University of Tennessee Medical Center to provide health and wellness information to patients, families and the community.
2014 - New research in the Department of Anesthesiology is aimed at understanding how the brain regulates states of consciousness. To lead this endeavor, Ralph Lydic, PhD, and Helen Baghdoyan, PhD, who are considered one of the most productive couple-collaborations in the history of anesthesiology research, have brought their skills and expertise to the University of Tennessee.
2014 - Using resources available through the Regional Forensic Center, the Department of General Dentistry launched the first Forensic Dentistry Fellowship, chaired by O. Lee Wilson, DMD. The requirements for board certification are rigorous, and until now an academic-based program for dentists has not been available in the United States.
2014 - The UT Graduate School of Medicine has initiated a new Advanced GI MIS Fellowship Program, considered the first of its kind, and will begin training its first fellow under the direction of the Department of Surgery.
2014 - Jonathan Wall, PhD, Professor and at Director of the Preclinical and Diagnostic Molecular Imaging Laboratory, received a four-year grant totaling $1,580,808 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, to study "Preclinical Diagnostic Imaging of Amyloid."
2014 - The Academy of Scholars (AOS) develops an award to recognize Outstanding Scholarly Achievement among residents.
2014 - The inaugural University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Alumni Reunion was held in Knoxville, Tennessee.
2014 - O. Lee Wilson, DMD, Chair, Dentistry, initiated a Dental Operating Room Fellowship, the first of its kind, to fill a growing demand for treating special needs patients.
2014 - Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery initiates Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship.
2014 - Major Gift from Lottery Winner, Roy Cockrum, Creates New Endowed Professorship. The Thomas E. Gaines, M.D. Professorship of Cardiothoracic Surgery Endowment will support research, patient care and education for the Heart Lung Vascular Institute. This gift creates the second endowed professorship for the UT Graduate School of Medicine, following the Robert H. Cole Professorship in Neurosciences.
2014 - W. Bedford Waters, MD, Professor and Division Chief of Urology, named Urology Residency Program Director. He succeeds Frederick Klein, MD, Professor, who served as Program Director and Division Chief since its inception in 2004.
2014 - Rajiv Dhand, MD, has agreed to serve as the first Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
2015 - Leaders of the Pat Summitt Foundation and The University of Tennessee Medical Center announce a new strategic partnership to significantly expand the scope and capacity of the Medical Center's existing Alzheimer's Clinic and establish the Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Clinic.
2015 - Richard Obenour, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine (DOM), retired from the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Obenour leaves a rich legacy as he was the first resident at the newley constructed University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital (UTMRCH) in 1956.
2015 - The Department of Surgery at the UT Graduate School of Medicine added a Division of Transplant Surgery to its residency program.
2015 - Dialysis Clinic Inc. (DCI) recently continued its commitment to Preston Medical Library by making a gift of $149,882. Since 1995, DCI has donated $374,882 to support the purchase of nephrology-related resources.
2015 - Robert M. Craft, MD, long-time faculty member and former resident, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville.
2015 - Larry C. Kilgore, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Kilgore joined the UTGSM faculty in 2009.
2015 - Bruce Ramshaw, MD, FACS, has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery at the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
2015 - Eddie Moore, MD, has retired from his positions as Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.
2015 - Mitchell Goldman, MD, retired as Chair of Surgery, a role he has filled since 1998.
2015 - Representatives of steel recycler Gerdau's Knoxville mill recently donated $1,500 to the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in memory of Arlan Piepho, former Gerdau Knoxville vice president and general manager. The donation supports a research team initiated by Alan Solomon, MD, Professor Emeritus, seeking to find better treatments for primary amyloidosis, a rare and devastating disease that took Piepho's life at age 63.
2015 - J.W. Hudson, DDS, Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received the William J. Gies Foundation Award. The award given annually in honor of William J. Gies, PhD, who co-founded the School of Dentistry at Columbia and led to the creation of the American Association of Dental Schools.
2016 - The Urology Residency program at the UT Graduate School of Medicine has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for two additional residency positions for a total of eight residents each year in the four-year program.
2016 - Subimal Datta, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Psychology at the UT College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2015 B. K. Anand Oration Award at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Asari Nagar, New Delhi.
2016 - The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved two new Department of Medicine fellowships for the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Beginning July 1, 2016, the UTGSM will add Interventional Cardiology and Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Medicine, bringing the total number of fellowships to 11.
2016 - Craig Towers, MD, Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has shown evidence that maternal opiate detoxification during pregnancy significantly improves pregnancy outcome, without putting the fetus at risk.
2016 - Beginning July 2017, the Vascular Surgery Fellowship, directed by Michael Freeman, MD, is approved for four fellows, with a net increase of one position each year.
Top 2016 - The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) recognized 88 University of Tennessee researchers, including several UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty and staff, for their discoveries and commercialization efforts made within the last two years during the 2016 Innovation Award Ceremony.
2016 - Todd Nickloes, DO, FACOS, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery's Division of Trauma/Critical Care, has been named Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the UT Graduate School of Medicine. He succeeds Brian Daley, MD, who served as Program Director since 2011 and continues serving as the General Surgery Residency Program Director.
2016 - John "Jack" Lacey, III, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer with nearly four decades of service at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, retired from his leadership role on March 31. Dr. Lacey began his internal medicine practice with UT in 1977 and will continue as clinical faculty for the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
2016 - Gregory Blake, MD, Chair, Family Medicine, received the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians' Family Physician of the Year Award. It is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the ideal family physician and who has made an outstanding contribution to Family Medicine and to the advancement of health and medical education.
2016 - For the first time, two UT Graduate School of Medicine Anesthesiology faculty have been selected concurrently as oral board examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology. Patrick McConville, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology, and Brigitte Messenger, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, were both selected, and both are graduates of the UT Graduate School of Medicine Anesthesiology Residency program.
2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy met with doctors, lawmakers and a host of clinicians and other community leaders at The University of Tennessee Medical Center to discuss and seek solutions in the opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the nation, and hitting particularly hard in Tennessee.
2016 - The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been named as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review.
2016 - Janet Purkey, MD, FACP, Associate Professor and Medical Student Clerkship Director in Medicine, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physician and Teacher award by the Class of 2017 College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
2016 - Pamela Rowland, PhD, has joined the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine as the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development.
2016 - John Dougherty, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine's Division of Neurology, was named a 2016 Health Care Hero by the Knoxville Business Journal for Innovation in the medical field.
2016 - Craig Towers, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has found evidence that the sharing of snorting utensils, such as straws, when abusing illicit drugs can transmit Hepatitis C (HCV) and other blood-borne viruses like HIV from person to person.
2016 - The International College of Dentists, the world's oldest and largest honor society for dentists, invited O. Lee Wilson, DMD, Associate Professor and Chair, Dentistry, into its fellowship.
2016 - Daphne Norwood, MD, Assistant Professor and Transitional Year Residency Program Director, received the 2016 Laureate Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Physicians for her commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and service.
2016 - Bret Rogers, MD, Assistant Professor, is now Fellowship Director of the Cardiovascular Diseases program. Dr. Rogers specializes in valvular heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and transesophageal echocardiography.
2017 - University Anesthesiologists Announces $1.5 Million Philanthropic Commitment. The contribution will fund initiatives including educational and training opportunities for anesthesiology residents and nurse anesthetists, expanded faculty training and development, program and equipment needs at the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and impactful fundraising endeavors that benefit the medical centerâ€™s Centers of Excellence and other organizational priorities.
2017 - Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean for Research and retired vascular surgeon, received the Rudolph Matas Award from the Southern Association for Vascular Surgeons for a lifetime of excellence, achievement and contributions to the field of Vascular Surgery, and service to the organization.
2017 - UT Graduate School of Medicine has achieved full accreditation status without citations for its 15 residency and fellowship programs accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
2017 - Frontiers magazine, published in collaboration with The University of Tennessee Medical Center, is now published in an enhanced electronic format and is only available online.
2017 - W. Bedford Waters, MD, has been named the first Chair of the new Department of Urology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, taking effect July 1. Urology began as a division of the Department of General Surgery in 1983 and initiated its Urology Residency Program in 2004.
2018 - Martha Earl, MSLS, AHIP has been named the Director of the Health Information Center/Preston Medical Library at The University of Tennessee Medical Center.
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