The John P. McGovern Foundation has made a transformational $75 million gift to bolster medical training, provide full scholarships, and support scientific discovery and innovation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston(UTHealth) and its medical school.
UTHealth Medical School will be renamed the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School in honor of the largest gift in the University’s history.
The late John P. McGovern, M.D., was a pediatrician, allergist, immunologist, and educator who helped shape the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in its formative years. The John P. McGovern Foundation, which was founded in 1961 by Dr. McGovern, supports nonprofit organizations that focus on health promotion and disease prevention, family values, the arts, and the environment.
The foundation, now led by his wife Kathrine McGovern, continues to transform the TMC through numerous gifts supporting the art and science of medicine.
The gift to UTHealth, also the largest ever made by the Foundation, will enhance programs at UTHealth’s McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, which was established in 2004 to address the dehumanizing forces in healthcare today.
Additionally, the foundation’s gift will establish a collaborative research endowment, distinguished endowed chairs, and distinguished faculty awards to support and inspire innovation in research and teaching.
Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care.
Read the full press release at the UTHealth website.