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Fifty Years in the Making

In 1969, 23 of the western-most counties in Texas had no hospital, 19 had no physician, and the area had only one-half the recommended national physician-to-population ratio.

Today, the health care landscape has changed thanks to the visionary leadership of those who saw a need not only for a medical school in West Texas, but also a full-fledged health sciences center. In May 1969, the 61st Texas Legislature and Gov. Preston Smith created Texas Tech University School of Medicine as a multi-campus institution with campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock and Odessa. Ten years later, the state expanded the charter forming Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). 

In 2019, join us for a year-long celebration for 50 years of TTUHSC.

What we have here today is the result of
investments made by others.

Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

Chancellor, Texas Tech University System President, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 




Teaching the Next Generation

From the beginning, TTUHSC was entrusted with a singular charge: to teach the next generation of health care professionals while simultaneously providing the people of West Texas with world-class patient care. Today, TTUHSC serves over 4,000 students across the nation and boasts almost 28,000 alumni, 24% of whom remain in the university’s 108-county service area.

Fifty years later, pressing on.


The Journey of Education

Our history is one of excellence, innovation and breaking boundaries. We’ve built a great legacy of preparing some of the most highly-skilled health care professionals around. Today, we’re one of the largest health care institutions in the nation, but even with such tremendous growth, the qualities that originally brought us together are still shaping who we are and where we will go. We want to share this pioneering spirit displayed by our students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Help us bring TTUHSC's achievements and history to life!



Claude Lobstein

Claude Lobstein
Creating the Willed Body Program

Paul Brooke, Jr.

Paul Brooke, Jr., Ph.D.
Growing the School of Health Professions


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