UTHealth receives new name, $75 million gift

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The UT Health Science Center at Houston Medical School will be renamed the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School following a $75 million gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation on Monday.

The gift is the largest in the school’s history, according to an email from UTHealth President Giuseppe Colasurdo, and it will be given in 14 separate endowments to the medical school and to the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.

Colasurdo said the endowment will be used to “bolster medical training, will provide full scholarships to outstanding students and will support scientific discovery and education.” The gift will also enhance programs at the McGovern Center and will create a collaborative research endowment for interdisciplinary learning and discovery, according to the McGovern Medical School website.