Dell Pediatric Research Institute

Our commitment to Central Texas: The Dell Medical School


Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new $60 million, 10-year commitment to help make Austin a center of health care excellence. A $50 million grant will go to the University of Texas to establish the Dell Medical School, and an additional $10 million in community grants will focus on improving the quality of and access to health clinics in Austin and Travis County.

In 1999, we began our journey to ignite long-lasting change in the lives of children through better health and education. Initially, our foundation’s efforts were focused exclusively in Central Texas. Our reach has since expanded, first nationally and then globally to major urban communities in the United States, South Africa and India. But what has remained the same is our commitment to putting children first – and the responsibility we feel to our home community.

The road to the Dell Medical School

More than six years ago, we announced a series of grants to the University of Texas to support children’s healthcare, with a particular focus on combatting childhood obesity. Since that time, our original commitment has grown to include the Dell Children’s Medical Center, UT Austin’s Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and Dell Pediatric Research Institute, the Texas Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Obesity, as well as clinics and other community-based health efforts.

This latest investment will support an innovative medical school and increase community access to care. Together with the children’s hospital, the Pediatric Research Institute and the Center for Healthy Living, the medical school will further cement Austin’s position at the forefront of health care research. We also expect the economic ripple effects to help foster a growing bio-tech industry, where innovations can spin out of research and develop in thriving local businesses.

The establishment of a medical school at the University of Texas is good for our children, our community and our economy. We can’t wait to see this shared vision come alive.

Click here for the press release.
High-res images from the announcement ceremony [password is MSDF]
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  • Bryan H

    This is an amazing venture – A legitimately selfless effort to overcome the prevalence of hopelessness and despair these days. The MSDF has changed my view of the world — There are, in fact, fortunate folks who care deeply about the health and well-being of humanity.

  • Susan L. Axelrod, CFRE, PFR

    This is just the best.ever.

    On behalf of the world, thank you for your commitment to our children, to our strong and healthy future, for your generosity of resources and for your positive spirit and modeling so expansively for others. …..PS I hope there will be what was formerly known as ‘alternative’ medicine–now quite mainstreamed and known to be effective when coupled with traditional medicine–as part of your curriculum.

    And, PLEASE, work to figure out how to teach doctors to ALSO be smart business people [one of the greatest failings of the entire old traditional medical school establishment].