The South Texas Medical Center does not just treat those that are ill. The institutions located here also research and innovate treatment options. Some of the innovations used here include:
- - Implanting the first Titanium ribs (CHRISTUS Santa Rosa)
- - Providing the region the Gamma Knife® and Cyberknife® technologies (Methodist Hospital)
- - Being the first to offer San Antonio the daVinci Robotic surgery (St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital)
There are over 50 centers or institutes of research in the South Texas Medical Center, many of which are affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio focuses its research on a variety of topics ranging from general medical, nursing and dental procedures to children’s cancer treatment options. Approximately 500 new studies commence each year including those in conjunction with other South Texas Medical Center Institutions.
A great example of this is the partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Department of Neurosurgery and The Brain and Stroke Network at the Baptist Health System’s St. Luke’s hospital. Their research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and investigates treatments for stroke.
The Health Science Center has achieved a number of research milestones, including the following:
- - $228 million research portfolio
- - $109 million in National Institute of Health funding
- - Ranked in the top 3% of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding
- - Ranked #1 in Texas for funding from the National Institute on Aging
- - $24.5 billion biomedical industry catalyst for San Antonio
The University Health System is home to the lead Level I Trauma Center for South Texas, and serves 22 South Central Texas counties. The Trauma Research Program at University Hospital focuses on identifying new and innovative ways to improve the care, management and treatment of trauma and critically ill patients. University Health System also is known as a pioneer in the field of transplants thanks to the University Transplant Center.
University Health System has achieved a number of research milestones, including the following:
- In 1987, University Transplant Center performed the first lung transplant in North America for the treatment of emphysema.
- In 1987, University Transplant Center performed the first heart/double lung transplant in San Antonio.
- In 1989, University Transplant Center performed one of the first single lung transplants in the world for pulmonary hypertension.