1992 – 2022

We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine. Thirty years! It is hard to believe that a vision which began in a casual conversation among a few bold young scientists has solidified over the past three decades into the powerhouse of research and patient care that it is today. During our 30 years, we have secured upwards of $200 million of research funding, trained more than 150 postdoctoral residents and fellows and treated over 1500 patients. In terms of scientific outputs, we, on average, publish 60 manuscripts each year. Furthermore, our work is cited approximately 2000 times each year.

Hearing from so many former trainees at the anniversary highlighted another important measure of our achievement. We are proud to be part of the expanding circle of scientists and clinicians which began at our Institute, and continues to grow. We have become a huge diverse family of seekers of scientific and medical knowledge. Our past trainees have become leaders and teachers themselves, creating yet another generation of those committed to the understanding of health and functionality.

Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine is one of very few clinical research centers in the world fostering the fusion of basic science and clinical medicine within programs designed specifically to study human physiology. We strive to improve the lives of the people in the communities we serve. From the child who needs help increasing pulmonary function, to those who have autonomic dysfunction, we are personally invested in the well-being of each person who passes through our doors.

I am honored to be the Director of our Institute and to have the opportunity to increase learning and knowledge for your betterment. Thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t achieve our goals to extend excellent care for so many individuals without you.

Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FACSM
Director, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
S. Finley Ewing Jr. Chair for Wellness at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for Cardiovascular Research

Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Science
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The video below includes introductions from leaders at both the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Daniel Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern) and Texas Health Resources (Douglas D. Hawthorne, Founding CEO Emeritus of Texas Health Resources), testimonials from some of our previous fellows, patients, research participants and other collaborators, including a special testimonial from Associate Professor James “Jim” A. Pawelczyk, Ph.D. (Astronaut), one of the founding members of the IEEM.


IEEM 30th Anniversary