Overview of the BME Joint Program

Memphis is a city where it's easy to work and study biomedical engineering – it has major corporations involved with orthopedic implants and other medical products, a "medical school," Tennessee's second largest state university, and major hospitals like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Memphis VA Medical Center. These entities have developed methods for collaborative work among themselves over the years. The Joint Program exists as a means to open such collaborations to its students. As a city full of lively music and several sports teams; easy commuting and neat in-city residential neighborhoods; many friendly people and a climate that's seldom harsh, Memphis offers many pleasant off-hour attractions. Interesting research projects with peer-reviewed funding and applicable classes with student colleagues and faculty of two institutions are the remaining key ingredients of the Joint Program.


The Academics section will help you gain a feel for a typical sequence of study. Academic efforts are spread over the various sites – we use facilities on both campuses and in our collaborating hospitals/research sites.


Visit the Research section to learn what's going on in various group labs and the titles of past students' theses and dissertations. Our programs of study are as individual as the laboratories of the faculty researchers where the work occurs.

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Contact Us

UTHSC Campus

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
956 Court Avenue, Suite E226
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5880
Fax: (901) 448-7387

Dr. Richard Smith, Program Director
956 Court Avenue, Suite E228
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5254
Email: rsmith@uthsc.edu

U of M Campus

Department of
Biomedical Engineering

The University of Memphis
330 Engineering Technology Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-3733
Fax: (901) 678-5281

Dr. John Williams, Program Director
330 Engineering Technology Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-5485