Our Mission & Standards

To serve through healing, education & discovery.

With a three-fold mission of healing, education and discovery, The University of Tennessee Medical Center holds a unique prominence in the area. As the region’s only academic medical center, Magnet® recognized hospital and Level I Trauma Center, The University of Tennessee Medical Center serves as a major referral center for East Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The 609-bed hospital also is home of the region’s only dedicated Heart Hospital, only adult and pediatric transplant center, the region’s first certified primary stroke center, houses the region's only private-room neonatal intensive care unit and serves as a regional perinatal center.


In an effort to provide comprehensive care to our patients, The University of Tennessee Medical Center is made up of the six Centers of Excellence including the Advanced Orthopaedic CenterBrain and Spine Institute, the Cancer Institute, the Center for Women and Children’s Health, Emergency and Trauma Services and the Heart Lung Vascular Institute. The dedicated professionals at the medical center thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment, where expert commitment plays a critical role in the hospital’s ongoing success. The strength and success of the hospital comes from the work of exceptional employees who dedicate themselves to patient care excellence while upholding the hospital’s values of integrity, excellence, compassion, innovation, collaboration and dedication.


Although the primary purpose is to provide excellent patient care, the medical center also prepares tomorrow’s healthcare providers. The University of Tennessee Medical Center is the home of the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the UT College of Pharmacy.

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine has ten academic departments with more than 400 full-time and volunteer teaching physicians, dentists, and researchers. Approximately 224 residents and fellows currently train in 15 ACGME-accredited specialty and subspecialty programs, and 16 residents train in CODA-accredited general dentistry and AAOMS accredited oral and maxillofacial surgery programs.

Another component of the Graduate School of Medicine is the Preston Medical Library. The library provides reference, research and instruction for UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty, residents, students, physicians, as well as outreach to the community. Through the Consumer & Patient Health Information Service, library staff assists patients, families, and community members in finding information on health-related topics and provides the information free of charge.

In addition to the pharmacy students and the medical and dental residents and fellows, there are nursing students from area colleges, School of Radiography students and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) students.

In 2006, the College of Pharmacy expanded its programs in Knoxville, Tennessee with the construction of a new 15,000 square foot facility on the medical center campus. UT’s College of Pharmacy was ranked 16th among the nation's doctor of pharmacy programs in U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2007 edition of American region's Best Graduate Schools.


Doctors and researchers at the medical center and Graduate School of Medicine, work together diligently to discover new and better ways to detect and treat disease through various research projects and clinical trials. Research projects at the medical center help advance medical knowledge in areas such as imaging and diagnostic technology. Several of our basic science researchers are funded by the National Institutes of Health and related agencies to bring the best of medical care to East Tennessee. In addition, our physicians provide clinical trial opportunities unique to our setting making them readily available to those who seek new medications and treatment. Our research teams work closely with researchers throughout the University of Tennessee system as well as others throughout the nation.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center brings together outstanding patient care, challenging clinical training and stimulating research – all on one campus. For more information, call 865.305.6970.