Bragging Rights

Healthcare and Bioscience

Greater Memphis is a leading medical and bioscience center.

Shelby County is the 2nd-largest orthopedic device manufacturing center in the U.S.

Home to divisional or corporate headquarters to orthopedic and medical device leaders: Medtronic, MicroPort Orthopedics, Smith & Nephew and Wright Medical.

Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, Memphis is home to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • Employs more than 3,200 clinicians, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, administrators and information technology specialists from around the globe, including Peter Doherty, PhD, of the Department of Immunology. Dr. Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for key discoveries he made about the workings of the immune system. 

Baptist Memorial Hospital has six metro hospitals, the Reynolds Hospice House and an expanding number of physician clinics and clinical specialties.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare operates seven hospitals in the Memphis area, including Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center - the Mid-South’s premier pediatric health care provider.

Region One Health is home to one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in the nation, with approximately 4,500 admissions annually.

Memphis is home to the Church Health Center (CHC), a faith-based clinic that provides quality, affordable healthcare to 50,000 working, uninsured people and their families. In the United States, the CHC is the largest faith-based clinic of its kind.

University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center, one of four medical schools in the State of Tennessee,  spun off two new bioscience companies and a research park that are making national headlines: GTx – a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to men’s health and Luminetx – a bioscience technologies company that made headlines with THE VEINVIEWER, recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most innovative medical inventions of 2004.

  • The College of Medicine is affiliated with three of the six level 1 trauma centers in the State of Tennessee.
  • The 1996 Nobel Prize was awarded to Dr. Peter C. Doherty in the 'Physiology or Medicine' category. Dr. Doherty is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Medicine's pediatric department.
  • Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs underwent a complete liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in 2009 performed by James D. Eason, M.D., FACS, a UTHSC graduate and practicing physician at Methodist University Hospital.  
  • UTHSC's Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Kennard Brown is an active board member for The Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a local non-profit entity dedicated to improving the livability and overall prosperity of Memphis' Medical District. 
  • The University of Tennessee College of Medicine launches the world's first Mobile Stroke Unit with Advanced CT imaging capabilities including CT Angiography Imaging for brain and blood vessels and producing advanced quality imaging for stroke diagnosis and noninvasive CT-angiography with a Siemens SOMATOM® Scope CT scanner.
  • In February 2016, the College of Health Professions opened the only student-run pro bono occupational therapy Clinic in the Nations, the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center.
  • UTHSC has been awarded Top Workplace in 2014 & 2015 by the Commercial Appeal.
  • UTHSC has been named a Tennessee Healthy Workplace for two years in a row by the Healthier Tennessee Workplace program.

UT / Baptist Research Park – currently  under construction – is 1.2 million square feet of lab research, education and business development space, is expected to be completed in six phases over a 10-year period, allowing flexibility to meet current and future bioscience needs.