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Upcoming Events

“Cooley Hands” Reception  – January 21, 2017

From 10:00 AM to Noon   In the Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd

Denton A. Cooley, MD

Denton A. Cooley, MD

On behalf of Denton A. Cooley, MD the Texas Heart Institute is pleased to hold a reception in the lobby of the TMC Library for the alumni graduates of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Residency Program from THI. Alumni are nicknamed the “Cooley Hands” and there are more than 120 of them located throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Showcased will be Dr. Cooley’s exhibit room and paintings, and his digitized original heart-transplant operation films made available for previewing by the TMC Library. For more information, contact Dena Houchin, RN, Administrative Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas Heart Institute, at or 832.355.4922.


2017 – Student Appreciation Day!  Thursday – March 9, 2017

From 11:30 am to 12:45 PM   In the Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd

Growing ever more popular each year, the TMC Library’s Student Appreciation Day is a great way to take a refreshing breather from exams, studying, and mental stress!

FREE FOOD and SNACKS, giveaways, drawings for gift cards, easy listening LIVE JAZZ band, and best of all – FAITHFUL PAWS!! The dogs (and maybe a cat) would love to give out free hugs and love to anyone who needs it. For more information, contact Beatriz Varman at or call 713.795.4200.



Previous Events

2016 Holiday Mingle and Luncheon  –  Join us at the upcoming Fourth Annual Holiday Mingle and Luncheon of the TMC Library!

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This year’s luncheon will be hosted at the River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday, December 6th from 11:00 am (registration) to 1:00 pm.

Our host committee and Chairs Deborah and Gardner Cannon, and Honorary Chairs Ginni and Richard Mithoff, are pleased to invite you to join us as we honor Dan Wolterman, out-going President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, Richard S. Ruiz, MD, UTHealth, Chair Emeritus, and founder, Hermann Eye Foundation, and Lex Frieden, TIRR, community activist and leading proponent of the Americans with Disabilities Act for their outstanding contributions to our community’s health and well-being.

Annise Parker as our featured Guest Speaker, and Ernie Manouse our Emcee, will engage us in a lively conversation about life as her Honor, the Mayor of the 4th largest US city, and what it’s like after leaving the public eye.

In the spirit of fellowship and friendship, we heartily invite you to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie and good cheer of the holiday season! For more information, contact Mary Stevenson, Development, at 713.799.7139 or To register for the luncheon,  you may download and complete the Table Sponorship Form2016 and email it to development. To pay online, go to


Blood Drive at the TMC Library
Tuesday, May 31st  1:00 pm – 5:30 PM


The TMC Library will be sponsoring the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive on May 31st between 1:00 PM through 5:30 PM.  This is open to everyone at the TMC if they wish to donate blood – always a good cause.

Eat. Drink and bring your ID. Cookies, juice and besides knowing you’re doing a good deed for the day, all participants will receive a certificate for Shipley’s Donuts!

For more information, contact Elizabeth Herrera at or 713.799.7116.

Postpartum Depression Awareness Month at the TMC Library
Monday, May 2nd. Noon.
Food and refreshments served

May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month and the UTHealth McGovern Medical School student committee for Doctors for Change Mental Health will be holding an awareness event in the lobby of the TMC Library to bring awareness and share knowledge about postpartum psychiatric illnesses.  With the help of a practicing psychiatrist, UTHealth medical students will offer information and answer questions on this much misunderstood topic. Free food and refreshments. For more information contact


Open House
Thursday, March 31st – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3:30 pm

Rendering 24/7 Fred Study Hall

Rendering 24/7 Fred Study Hall

The TMC Library cordially invites you to celebrate with us the grand opening of our Phase I renovation project. The newly relocated McGovern Rare Book Collections, the Herbert L. Fred, MD 24/7 Study Hall and the Denton A. Cooley, MD, exhibit room will be open for the public to view. In addition, we’ll also be dedicating a new handicapped lift, thanks to the generosity of Joyce and Lex Frieden.

For more information contact or call 713.799.7139.

TMC – Women’s History Project Reception and Celebration
Thursday, March 31st – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Lobby of the TMC Library


The TMC Library will hold a reception during Women’s History Month to recognize the significant contributions made by women to the development of the Texas Medical Center.

The TMC-WHP’s goal is to preserve these women’s oral history interviews within the TMC Library’s Archives, and to make them available to researchers and institutions of the TMC.  The TMCWHP was started in 2013 and each year, five prominent women are chosen across the institutions, their oral histories recorded for posterity and transcribed for preservation within the archives of the TMC Library.

This will be the fourth installation of inductees into the TMCWHP.  The women are: Margaret Caddy, Houston Hospice; Marianne Marcus, EdD, RN, UTHealth School of Nursing; Mary “Katie” Bussey Boice McGready, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dana Rooks, MLIS, University of Houston and Huda Zoghbi, MD, Baylor College of Medicine.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the project, the March 31st reception, donate to the project, or to nominate women for inclusion in the next installment, please contact or phone 713.799.7139.

“Anti-Human Trafficking and What the Health Care Provider Needs to Know”
March 14th.      12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM      Lobby of the TMC Library
Presented by Christine Nelson, MD and Kim Hoang, MD, from “Doctors for Change”

Houston is recognized as a major hub for human trafficking in the US and world due to its major interstate highway systems, diverse population, proximity to boarders and seaports and strong demand.

Health care professionals are a first line of defense in recognizing victims in a clinical setting. The first obstacle in the fight against human trafficking is the lack of awareness in the medical community. With training and education, medical professionals can lead the charge against this major global and local issue. This one hour training session helps medical professionals recognize the red flags of victims and knowing the appropriate actions to intervene.

For more information:

Student Appreciation Day!
Wednesday, March 2nd – 11:30 am – 12:45 pm.


Back by popular demand – the TMC Library will host again for the third year running Student Appreciation Day in the foyer of the Library.

Faithful Paws will be onsite offering unconditional hugs and petting opportunities once again, and the David Caceres Jazz trio will bring the entertainment. Plenty of food, giveaways, and FREE drawings for popular gift cards will make this study break super fun and relaxing!

Open to all students of the institutions of the TMC.

Fall Shopping Social for a Cause
Monday, November 23rd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Treat yourself to an Evening of Fun, Fashion and Philanthropy!

Elaine Turner in Rice Village, a boutique experience with unusual and hard to find high-fashion accessories and gifts, is hosting a shopping experience on behalf of the TMC Library. 10% of the proceeds of the evening will benefit the Library and shoppers will receive 10% discounts on all merchandise! Complimentary wine, beverages and munchies will make it even more fun! Suggested RSVP to or call for more details at 713.799.7139. Bon Shopping!

Elaine Turner Boutique 2439 University Blvd

Floods and consequences – what happens when the TMC floods – November 3rd


What happens to the TMC when floodwaters invade its space? Nothing good. In 1976 the TMC flooded and 8 drowned; 1979 Tropical storm Elena flooded downtown; and in the aftermath of Allison in 2001, the TMC was underwater once again. Water was everywhere. Heroics and tragedy played out side by side during these disastrous events. Come hear Dr. Philip Bedient and Dr. Richard Wainerdi recount the history of these events, their impacts and legacies.  November 3rd, from noon – 1:00 pm in the Lobby of the TMC Library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd. Food, giveaways and drawings! See you there!

Age of the Web: Engaged Scholarship and Knowledge Communities

John Voss by Paul Hagon

John Voss by Paul Hagon

John Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Shift Design, and the co-founder of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit.The World Wide Web has changed how we work together in the world, and our social institutions are still in the early days of transition. Through a project like Historypin and several others, we explore what the future may hold for memory institutions in the Age of the Web.

This event is sponsored by Rice’s Humanities Research Center and the John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. The event will be held at Rice University, Sewall Hall 309 at 4:00pm on Thursday, November 5th. (Reception to follow: no need to RSVP)

Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission – First Hand Account – October 7th

Hiroshima Memorial

Hiroshima Memorial

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the Nuclear age. Dr. Schull served many decades in the elite corps of scientists conducting research into the genetic impact of irradiation on human health, and is famous for his research into the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body largely based on the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II.  He joined the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in 1949, 3 years after it was established. Dr. Schull served on most of the major committees throughout the 20th century to quantify the effects of radiation. In affirmation of his long and honorable service to the Japanese people, Dr. Schull received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Third Class from the Emperor of Japan in 1992.His important papers are archived within the TMC Library’s McGovern Historical Center and have been studied over the years for his insights and observations. This interview is part of the lecture series of the History of Medicine Society and is co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine, The TMC Library and the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at the UTHealth School of Medicine. October 7th, 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the UTHealth Medical School, room MSB B. 605. Lunch served to the first 50 attendees.


History of the TMC and the Library

tmc earlyThink history is dull? Think again! We are all products of history, and all that we have today is built upon all that happened in the past. We have a great panel of speakers    who know their history – some of them with first-hand experience with it! Join us as we share stories of intrigue, milestones, politics, movers and shakers, what might have-beens and chance fortunes that shaped the TMC and the Library. Hear our panel of guest speakers – Dr. Bryant Boutwell, UTHealth storyteller and historian, Besty  Parrish,  Friends of the TMC Library advisory council, and Dr. William Kellar, retired, University of Houston as they share stories about the making of the Library and the  TMC. August 18th, from noon to 1:00 pm in the Lobby of the TMC Library. Food, giveaways and drawings! See you there!


Nursing and Medicine during the Depression and War – April 15th

U.S Army Field Maneuvers in the Carolinas, 1942.

U.S Army Field Maneuvers in the Carolinas, 1942.



April 15th, from noon to 1:00 pm in the Lobby of the TMC Library.  From the Great Depression to a Great War, nursing and medicine were forever changed. The nursing        profession took the lead in public health, visiting rural and urban landscapes to help improve sanitation and provide health education programs, instruction in hygiene,          preventative measures, care of infants and children, first aid and nutrition. In medicine, the war years accelerated advances in treatment, drugs and surgery, bringing              lessons learned from the battlefield back home. Come hear our guest speakers, snacks provided and great giveaways. See you there!


Texas Medical Center – Women’s History Project Reception – March 19th

The Texas Medical Center

The Texas Medical Center


March 19th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Lobby of the TMC Library. The TMC – Women’s History Project invites you to a reception recognizing the 3rd installment of oral history interviews with outstanding women who have made significant contributions to the development of health sciences and medicine at the TMC.

This year’s inductees are Robin Britt, EDD, RN, TWU College of Nursing; Janet Butel, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine; Asha Kapadia, PhD, UTHealth, School of Public Health; Ann Scanlon McGinity, PhD, RN, Houston Methodist Hospital; and Elizabeth Travis, PhD, MD Anderson. Their oral histories are recorded, transcribed and preserved in the archives of the TMC Library. We invite you to come hear them talk about their experiences, and congratulate them on their accomplishments.


Faithful Paws

Faithful Paws


Student Appreciation DayMarch 4th from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, the Library will host Student Appreciation Day with Faithful Paws on site for your petting and hugging pleasure. Besides free food, giveaways and drawings for popular gift cards, there’ll be a Jazz ensemble playing 1920s era Jazz, part of our Centennial celebration of the 2nd decade in the life of the Library.Come have fun, play with the dogs, unwind and recharge at the Library! Open to all students of the TMC, faculty, researchers and staff.Lobby of the TMC Library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd. View photos of the event HERE

Andreas Vesalius Birthday Presentation

Andreas Vesalius Birthday Presentation

Andreas Vesalius Birthday Party The TMC Library will celebrate 100 years in 2015 with a series of events throughout the year. The first event will be held on Monday, January 12 at noon to celebrate Andreas Vesalius 500th Birthday. Attend a presentation by L. Maximilian Buja,MD on the life of Vesalius. Italian style food and Prosecco will be served – generously underwritten by the Houston Academy of Medicine.  Read more…

Holiday Luncheon December 2014

Holiday Mingle and Luncheon December 2014

The TMC Library hosted its second annual Holiday Mingle and Luncheon December 2, 2014.Here are a few select photos from this wonderful event.