Southwestern Medical District

Southwestern Medical District Logo Image 2023


Clements Hostpital Room, Doctor, Nurses

The Southwestern Medical District delivers renowned health care in partnership with innovative, world-class research and education.

Graduate students in lab, male, female, diversity, doctors

The District — bordered by West Mockingbird Lane, Medical District Drive, Stemmons Freeway (I-35E), and Maple Avenue — covers more than 1,000 acres and includes a medical complex that employs a workforce of approximately 37,000 people. Its medical facilities attract more than 2.9 million patient visits a year to its clinics and hospitals, providing services from pediatric preventive care to geriatric services, from lifesaving emergency care to heart transplants.

Children's Hallway, Child, Nurse

Parkland Memorial Hospital was the first facility to open in the District in 1954 and soon partnered next door on Harry Hines Boulevard with UT Southwestern Medical Center. The former UT Southwestern St. Paul University Hospital opened in 1963, Children’s Medical Center Dallas in 1967, UT Southwestern Zale Lipshy Pavilion — William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, formerly known as Zale University Hospital in 1989, and UT Southwestern William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (which replaced the St. Paul facility) in late 2014.

The District continues to thrive today. A new Parkland Hospital opened in summer 2015 on land directly across from the former structure. The new Parkland campus includes an 870-bed acute care hospital and an outpatient center.

UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art medical facility — the 12-floor, 1.3 million-square-foot Clements University Hospital — has also changed the District’s skyline, and continues to do so. In 2020, UT Southwestern will complete a three-year, 650,000-square-foot expansion of the hospital. Meanwhile, a new 305,000-square-foot West Campus academic and clinical building opened in 2018. On the East Campus, UT Southwestern’s BioCenter is home to innovative biomedical companies, and a 63,000-square-foot radiation oncology building houses the most advanced equipment for treating cancer in North Texas.

UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern ranks among the world’s top academic medical centers. Its physicians provide the highest-quality care at hospitals and clinics throughout the Medical District — health care often based on research conducted in UTSW’s own laboratories. Its faculty members — responsible for a broad array of groundbreaking biomedical research advances — are respected for their dedication to teaching and training.

UT Southwestern physicians provide innovative, patient-oriented medical services ranging from preventive care to world-class treatment in a wide variety of specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cancer, heart and lung transplantation, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, breast surgery, vascular surgery, pediatrics, infectious disease, and much more.

Distinguished faculty members in both clinical and research sciences — including six Nobel Prize winners since 1985, along with 22 current members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 15 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences — guide the best and brightest students who come to UT Southwestern to learn and discover. Its Medical School and School of

UT Southwestern Medical Center South Campus
Health Professions train future health care professionals, while the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences educates the next generation of biomedical investigators.

Research provides the foundation on which preeminent medical education and patient care are built. At UT Southwestern, research into the basic life processes and research on specific diseases go hand in hand. Investigations into cancer, neuroscience, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and many other fields keep UT Southwestern at the forefront of biomedical research, driving the discoveries that lead to new ways to prevent and treat disease.

UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics

The Medical Center operates two UT Southwestern University Hospitals and several clinic facilities on campus, offering comprehensive diagnostic services and therapies for residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and around the world. Complementing those facilities, which have been awarded the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, UT Southwestern’s outpatient clinics in the Park Cities, Richardson/Plano, Las Colinas, Frisco, and Fort Worth offer treatment for specific disorders, while delivering access to the latest medical breakthroughs.

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital – named after the late Texas governor – opened its doors in 2014, transforming opportunities for medical care in North Texas. Patients treated at the state-of-the-art facility receive compassionate care informed by the latest research and most advanced training. Designed with involvement and input from hundreds of health care professionals and community friends of UT Southwestern, the 460-bed hospital is, first and foremost, a caring environment for patients and their families.

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
Zale Lipshy Pavilion

At the same time, Clements University Hospital is a site for fulfilling the fundamental missions of discovery and education that have been UT Southwestern’s institutional hallmarks. Services offered at the new hospital include cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, obstetrics and gynecology, and vascular surgery.

Zale Lipshy Pavilion, a 148-bed facility on the South Campus that opened in 1989, is across from Parkland. It is one of the world’s premier neurological diagnostic and treatment centers. The Zale Lipshy Pavilion Neuroangiography unit is a vitally important factor in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease, and physicians based at Zale Lipshy Pavilion specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with neurovascular diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s and other neurologic diseases, as well as neurologic malignancies. Other specialties at the hospital include spine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurotology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation.

Quick Facts 2022

  UT Southwestern Medical Center Parkland Health & Hostpital System Children's Medical Center Dallas Total Southwestern Medical District
Licensed Bed 608 870 490 1,968
Employees 17,851 12,500 6,684 37,035
Patients Admitted 28,677 72,341 11,797 112,815
Visits to Clinics and ERs 1,088,188 1,279,960 462,969 2,831,117
Students/Residents/Fellows       3,640

Parkland Health & Hospital System

The Parkland system includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, 12 Community Oriented Primary Care health centers, Parkland Community Health Plan Inc., and the Parkland Foundation, as well as many other clinics and community education and prevention programs.

Parkland Hospital is the primary adult teaching institution of UT Southwestern, and UT Southwestern’s distinguished faculty physicians are responsible for caring for the hospital’s patients. More than 40 percent of the doctors practicing in Dallas received some or all of their training at Parkland. For 125 years, Parkland has cared for anyone in need, employing important principles of public health, such as early intervention, affordable access, primary care, and preventive medicine. As the county’s only public hospital, Parkland ensures that health care is available to all county residents.

Private physicians refer patients to many of Parkland’s centers of excellence, including specialty care for stroke, epilepsy, women and infant services, and spinal-cord injuries. Its Level I Rees-Jones Trauma Center and Burn Center are internationally recognized.

Established in 1962, the Regional Burn Center pioneered skin graft techniques, infection control, and nutritional support for burn patients. Today, it is the only burn center in North Texas verified by the American Burn Association. Parkland’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers highly specialized services for infants.

Parkland Memorial Hospital

Parkland’s network of 12 neighborhood-based health centers, 12 school-based youth and family centers, and a homeless medical service, as well as many other prevention and education programs, provide primary care and education to reduce illness and death rates from preventable diseases in Dallas County.

Children’s Health

Children’s Health℠ is the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas and one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation, offering more than 50 pediatric specialty and subspecialty programs. Devoted to caring for the medical needs of children from birth to age 18 in the North Texas area and beyond, the mission of Children’s Health is to make life better for children. The Children’s Health Dallas campus is anchored by its flagship hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and flagship outpatient facility, Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas.

With more than 100 years of experience caring for the children of North Texas, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a 490-bed hospital, houses the only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in the area; a 47-bed, Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; a state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; and the only pediatric heart transplant program in North Texas, among many other specialized care capabilities.

Children’s Medical Center Dallas has consistently been named among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, has eight disease-specific care certifications granted by The Joint Commission and is recognized as a Top Children’s Hospital for excellence in quality and patient safety.

Children's Medical

In addition, Children’s Medical Center Dallas is UT Southwestern’s official pediatric teaching hospital and the only pediatric academic medical center in North Texas.

Adjacent to Children’s Medical Center Dallas is Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas, which offers a wide array of specialty services in one convenient location. Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas is also home to the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence, the only integrated foster care program of its kind in North Texas and one of few clinics nationwide focused on serving this population.

Southwestern Medical District

Southwestern Medical District Map UT Dallas on Mockingbird UT Dallas on Inwood TWU Children’s Health Parkland Memorial Hospital UT South Western Medical Center Zale Lipshy Pavillion UT South Western Medical Center South Campus UT South Western Medical Center West Campus UT South Western Medical Center North Campus William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital UT South Western Medical Center Student Housing UT South Western Medical Center East Campus Bio Center


 Parkland Hospital

 UT Southwestern Medical Center

 Children's Medical Center Dallas

 UT Dallas

 Texas Women's University Institute of Health Sciences (TWU)