GSBS 50th Anniversary — Book

About the Book

In 2019, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences celebrates fifty years of granting advanced degrees in biomedical science at the University of Texas Medical Branch. This book chronicles the early history and remarkable growth of biomedical research at UTMB, as well as the formalization of the GSBS and expansion of graduate training programs.

In 1994, Dr. Chester Burns, former James Wade Rockwell Professor of Medical History in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB, composed a historical monograph in commemoration for the GSBS 25th anniversary. In recognition of the 50th anniversary, Dr. Heather Green Wooten, who earned her doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Burns, created a book recounting the first fifty years of the graduate school. Prominent sections of Dr. Burns’ original narrative, primarily those pertaining to the early evolution of the graduate school, were incorporated in the 50th anniversary book. The book also presents “Spotlights” highlighting individuals and events that have had a major impact on research and research training at UTMB and “Perspectives” feature interviews with a selection of important figures whose accomplishments have highly impacted graduate education. This book is not intended to be comprehensive but endeavors to highlight some of the many noteworthy events that have shaped the GSBS’s progress over the past fifty years.

About the Author

Dr. Heather Green Wooten, a prominent Texas medical historian, is on the faculty at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has authored or co-authored three books related to epidemics and medical care in Texas including The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown (2010) and Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas (2012). She currently serves as Project Chairman for the upcoming The Handbook of Texas Medicine, the first online encyclopedia in the nation devoted to the history of medicine.

Now available for purchase!

Copies of the book may be purchased now until supplies run out.

  • $50.00 per copy
  • $25.00 for trainees

Payments may be made via the below webform. Once payments are processed, the book will be mailed to the address provided on the webform.


For questions, please contact

Ms. Claiborne Fant
Phone: (409) 772-8145


Ms. Denise Reed
Phone: (409) 772-5840