About

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine was founded to address the shortage of physicians and lack of access to healthcare in East Texas, with the singular goal of improving the quality of life and health in our region.

Mission

The School of Medicine's mission is fourfold:

Community Engagement: Embed the School of Medicine within East Texas, focusing on communication, responsiveness, inclusion and community. The School of Medicine is East Texas, and everything we do will be in partnership with our communities.

Education: Recruit, support and develop a diverse and representative healthcare and research workforce from East Texas, focused on reducing health disparities in East Texas.

Research: Develop an array of biomedical, clinical, translational and population-based research programs focused on understanding
and eliminating health disparities in East Texas.

Clinical: Expand access to top-quality healthcare in the local communities of East Texas by developing and implementing innovative healthcare systems and leveraging existing infrastructure and programs.

UT Tyler SOM About

The School of Medicine's mission will be accomplished by:

  • Creating an exceptional interprofessional learning experience that produces a diverse, broadly trained and committed clinical workforce.
  • Educating culturally competent physician leaders who focus on individual wellness, population health, emotional and mental health, as well as physical disease.
  • Training future physicians to embrace responsibility for the unique needs of rural and hard-to-reach communities and populations, particularly in East Texas.
  • Maintaining a skilled faculty of educators and mentors who create a culture of innovation, scholarly achievement, entrepreneurship, trust and excellence that fosters humanistic patient-centered care.
  • Engaging East Texas regional communities in identifying local qualified candidates and cultivating community-engaged physicians dedicated to improving public health outcomes.
  • Promoting and protecting the health of people and the community of East Texas where they live, learn, work
    and play.
  • Supporting a diverse and inclusive learning community that seeks to advance a passion for science and health equity.

Vision

The School of Medicine's vision is to improve the quality of life and reduce health disparities in our rural region by training diverse, committed and culturally competent physician leaders who work cooperatively with interprofessional teams to develop innovative, value-based healthcare systems; provide the highest quality care; discover novel treatments and improve processes; and partner with the community to address social determinants of health.

Values

Perseverance

Perseverance

Persisting in pursuit of success, despite any obstacles

Excellence

Excellence

Refusing to accept anything but the best in all we do

Respect

Respect

Remembering due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights and traditions of all

Community

Community

Promoting a feeling of fellowship with others by focusing on our common attitudes, interests and goals

Creativity

Creativity

Using our imagination to generate novel ideas to solve the problems of East Texas

Service

Service

Transformational, service-focused leadership in achieving daring goals

Meet Our Dean

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Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd

Founding Dean

School of Medicine
The University of Texas at Tyler

Welcome to the UT Tyler School of Medicine! I am honored to have recently joined this incredible team, and so very excited about the future. We are here for a mission: to embed the medical school within the community of East Texas, recruit students from the community to serve the community, develop research endeavors that address the specific health issues of our East Texas family and expand access to the highest level of healthcare available. We are here for a vision: to build a medical school that will reduce the health disparities in our region and improve the quality of life for everyone. We are here for East Texas.

The UT Tyler School of Medicine will be guided every day by our values: community, perseverance, respect, excellence, service and creativity. We are creating a family. Students, faculty and staff who resonate with these values and want to be a part of creating and growing something unique and purpose driven will love it here.

Whether you are excited faculty wanting to join the teaching effort, an interested researcher wanting to innovate for East Texas, a staff member eager to help the people of our region or a prospective student invigorated by the thought of a truly innovative curriculum that will make you the best mission-driven physician you can be, we would love to chat with you!

Messages

FROM THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Dr.-Calhoun

In February of 2020, the UT System announced we would launch the first medical school in East Texas, followed by a monumental announcement that the East Texas Medical Center Foundation committed $80 million toward the medical school — making it the largest single donation to establish a medical school in the history of Texas. Our new medical school focuses on meeting the health challenges of our region and recruiting students who come from and want to remain in East Texas. Not long after, the R.W. Fair Foundation pledged $4 million to cover the full tuition cost for the first cohort of medical school students, so these future medical students know East Texas supports them 100%.

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine is where your future in medicine can begin. You will learn skills in patient care and community health with this comprehensive education. We have much work to do. Join us, and be part of the future of healthcare here in East Texas.

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP

President

The University of Texas at Tyler

Chairman of the Board
UT Health East Texas

dr-philley

The new School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Tyler is the seventh medical school in the UT System and the first in Northeast Texas, offering aspiring doctors a chance to train and practice in an area where health disparities are some of the highest in the United States. In order to elevate the health status of East Texas, we must address the physician shortage in our region, as well as improve access to quality primary and specialty care. The UT Tyler School of Medicine is being built specifically to help the growing healthcare needs of East Texans.

With a strong focus on family practice, rural family medicine and population health, medical students at the UT Tyler School of Medicine will have the opportunity to engage with the community in population and preventive health, working with the most vulnerable communities to improve health goals. 

Our goal is to attract high-caliber students and residents to East Texas across multiple specialties and provide them with career opportunities to remain a part of the East Texas community. Having a residency program at the site of a medical school provides an option for some residents to stay in East Texas, continue their established physician-patient relationships and build rapport in the community. Your education and your career can start here at The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine.

Julie V. Philley, MD

Executive Vice President

Health Affairs

Vice Provost
The University of Texas at Tyler

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Executive Leadership

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Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP

President

The University of Texas at Tyler

Chairman of the Board
UT Health East Texas

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Julie V. Philley, MD

Executive Vice President

Health Affairs

Vice Provost
The University of Texas at Tyler

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Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd

Founding Dean

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Torry Tucker, PhD

Associate Dean Research

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Emmanuel Elueze, MD, PhD, MPA(HCA), FACP

Associate Dean GME & DIO

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Steven Cox, MD

Associate Dean Clinical Affairs

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Sue Cox, MD

Associate Dean Accreditation, Strategy and Quality Improvement

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Daniel Deslatte, MPA, FACHE

Assistant Dean for Business for the School of Medicine

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Gisele Armond Abron, PhD

Associate Dean of Admissions

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

Faculty and Staff

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Christiana Guthrie, MPA

Director of Accreditation and Curriculum Support

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Amanda M. Lynn, MS

Director of Admissions

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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Andrea Cooley, MD

Medical Director Simulation

Director of Clerkships
Assistant Professor of Surgery
The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

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The Faculty

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