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The UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

COVID-19 has been a challenge unlike any other. Today and into the future, treating acute cases, addressing long-term complications, and coordinating ongoing responses require the best minds in Houston coming together to serve our communities. That’s why UTHealth established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

UTHealth has expertise across the spectrum of adult and pediatric specialty and sub-specialty care, public health, biomedical research, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence—and we put this expertise to work for everyone who needs our help, from patients in our clinics to researchers across the globe.

The UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

It starts with our six schools, each of which brings unique perspective and expertise to the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence. Together, they form the foundation of a comprehensive pandemic response. This coordinated knowledge and expertise is then funneled directly into frontline care, research, and ongoing education.

Across the university, our health care professionals are providing exceptional care for complex cases, saving lives and reducing long-term damage from the virus. And as a regional leader in public health, our experts are uniquely positioned to address the pandemic’s impact on our communities while connecting people in need to vital health services.

Confronting a pandemic is as complex and multi-faceted an endeavor as any institution will ever face. Experts throughout UTHealth have risen to meet this challenge. From frontline care to clinical trials and translational research, we are pursuing initiatives to investigate new therapies, deploy vaccines throughout our communities, and strengthen the global pandemic response.

The work of the COVID-19 Center of Excellence doesn’t end when the pandemic subsides. We are committed to standing guard against future public health emergencies every day—and your support of Many Faces. One Mission. can help us position Houston to meet the next challenge before it arises.

  • Within our six schools, we have the broad expertise that has positioned us as one of the few universities to help our community, Texas, and the country through the pandemic and beyond. 

    Michael R. Blackburn, PhD


    John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor

    MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School

    William S. Kilroy, Sr. Distinguished University Chair in Pulmonary Disease

    Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer


  • The UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence brings together our university’s experts in adult and pediatric specialty care, public health, biomedical research, and big data analytics—all working to provide the best outcomes for our patients, the best public health and prevention practices for our community, and the best therapies for the virus’ short and long-term impacts.

    Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD


    Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair


  • In these unprecedented times, the six schools at UTHealth are rapidly evolving the science and medical care for patients with COVID-19, and our community.

    Bela Patel, MD

    Graham Distinguished University Chair

    Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

    Director, Division of Critical Care Medicine

    Vice Dean of Healthcare Quality

    McGovern Medical School at UTHealth