The Cullen Tower will help ready today’s healthcare providers for tomorrow’s challenges.
A world-class health sciences complex for Baylor trainees and researchers
Nearly 75 years ago, Baylor College of Medicine established itself in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) with the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building. This iconic structure, hailed as one of the most cutting-edge medical education buildings of the time, helped usher in a new era of medical education, clinical practice and scientific pursuit for Houston.
Now, as the next phase of the TMC’s history unfolds with the Helix Park development and Baylor’s Health Sciences Park, Baylor will once again help to spur innovation and progress with a new home for its School of Medicine and School of Health Professions, the Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower. This new tower is made possible by the generosity of The Cullen Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Health Care, The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, The DeBakey Medical Foundation, the Huffington Foundation and members of Baylor’s Board of Trustees and other community donors, including the M.D. Anderson Foundation, the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, Maire and David Baldwin, Polly and Murry Bowden, Ronda and Greg Brenneman, The Elkins Foundation, Claudia and Fred Lummis and Jeri and Marc Shapiro.
The Cullen Tower will enable Baylor to educate the next generation of brilliant healthcare professionals who will serve patients worldwide with experience gleaned from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the Jamail Specialty Care Center and Baylor’s other hospital affiliates.
The Cullen Tower also will serve as a collaborative space for Baylor trainees and scientists to engage in ideas and innovation that will help fuel a new era of medicine. Its proximity to the Baylor Center for Medical Innovation (BCMi) in the forthcoming TMC Helix Park will give trainees and scientists the opportunity to forge partnerships with other TMC institutions and the biotechnology industry.
The Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower isn’t just a building – it is the future of healthcare – for Baylor, the Texas Medical Center, Houston and beyond.
Read the press release announcing The Cullen Tower here.
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The Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower will be one of the largest and most technically sophisticated medical education buildings in the nation.
The 11-floor, 503,000-square-foot Cullen Tower will feature:
State-of-the-art technology and inspiring interior and exterior spaces, from an expansive 500-seat atrium to comfortable student lounges
Dedicated space for big data analytics, which will serve as the foundation for advancing new healthcare solutions
Small-group and studio classrooms designed to facilitate active learning
Large-capacity, high-tech, theater-style event space
Anatomy lab, teaching labs and simulation center that provide immersive, hands-on learning before students conduct clinical rotations
The tower also will include:
Education Innovation Center with a faculty development lab
Student Wellness Center
Lecture halls for team-based learning
Rooftop garden and an elevated courtyard for collaboration and events
A design and location that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and sparks curiosity
The Cullen Tower will serve as a collaborative space for Baylor trainees and scientists to engage in ideas and innovation that will help fuel a new era of medicine. Its proximity to the Baylor Center for Medical Innovation (BCMi) in the forthcoming TMC Helix Park will give trainees and scientists the opportunity to forge partnerships with other TMC institutions and the biotechnology industry. In addition, its close proximity to clinical rotations on the McNair Campus will allow trainees to enhance their classroom learning with experience in the lab and the clinic.
Support medical education and innovation with a gift to the Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower.
The Cullens: One of Houston’s leading philanthropic families
The Cullen family, esteemed for its Houston-area philanthropy, has championed Baylor since its early days in the TMC, when Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen donated the funds necessary to complete the original education building. Today, The Cullen Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Health Care and The Cullen Trust for Higher Education have given a total of $30 million to build the new Cullen Tower, contributing one of the largest combined gifts in their legacy of philanthropy.
Baylor is grateful for their longstanding support as Baylor continues to pursue the shared vision of a healthier future for Houston, Texas and beyond.
Baylor is thankful for the support of the following donors:
Foundations and Organizations
Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation
A.R. “Tony” and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation
Ben Taub and Henry J.N. Taub Foundation
The Cullen Foundation
The Cullen Trust for Higher Education
The Cullen Trust for Health Care
The DeBakey Medical Foundation
The Elkins Foundation
Hobby Family Foundation
Huff Family Foundation
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc
M.D. Anderson Foundation
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Individuals and Families
Dr. John F. and Rachel P. Anderson
Maire and David Baldwin
Polly and Murry Bowden
Mr. and Mrs. Greg D. Bassett
Biykem Bozkurt, M.D.
Ronda and Greg Brenneman
Cathy and Bob Brewton
Mary E. Dickinson, Ph.D.
Joe and Michelle Doty
Sarah and Doug Foshee
The Hackett Family
Caroline and Larry P. Heard
Austin King, M.D.
Paul and Mary Klotman
Michael J. Lichty
Claudia and Fred Lummis
Dr. and Mrs. James T. McDeavitt
Julie and Brooks McGee
Tanya and Bill Mearse
Mark E. Meyer
Precious Williams Owodunni
Thomas J. Rosenbalm, M.D.
The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal and Mr. Gary L. Rosenthal
Paul L. Schnur, M.D.
Jeri and Marc Shapiro
Mr. Christopher D and Mrs. Kristin A Wallis
Stephanie and Keith Young
Read reactions to the news of The Cullen Tower from our students and faculty leaders:
“It’s about creating the blueprint for the future of health, and it starts at Baylor College of Medicine, with our science in our labs, with our patients in our community and with our students in the classroom. With The Cullen Tower, we are going to bring all this together in a way that no one else has done. I think it’s the most exciting time ever in the history of Baylor College of Medicine.”
Paul Klotman, M.D.President, CEO and Executive Dean
“I think more shared study spaces and common areas for all of the graduate programs at Baylor to use will foster a stronger sense of community, which helps further collaboration.”
Nora DeiblerPhysician Assistant Studies M.S. candidate ‘24
“The Health Sciences Tower will give me more opportunities to develop my clinical and science knowledge outside of class curriculum, especially in collaborating with professionals across many disciplines of medicine.”
Ivan AngelovM.D. candidate ‘26
“The support for the Tower makes me feel that I am part of a community where people care so much about the success of all my peers. It gives me the impetus to work hard and try and achieve great things.”
Rioke DiejomaohM.D. candidate ‘26
“To everyone who has supported the Tower, thank you! The support you provide is invaluable to our education and future careers as physicians. It makes me feel really lucky to be at an institution that has such support for our education.”
Camaren CuencaM.D. candidate ‘26
“What’s very exciting to me is that this building will create spaces that will allow us to keep innovating and will allow us to grow as changes in medical education occur.”
Jennifer Christner, M.D.Senior Dean, School of Medicine and School of Health Professions
“The Health Sciences Tower space will help us continue to recruit high-quality students who are going to have a transformational experience that will then turn them into high-quality providers. Many of our students come from Texas, and many stay in the Houston area once they plant roots. This building, as it helps us accomplish our educational mission better, is going to have an impact on Houston and Texas.”
John Todd Reinhart, Sc.D.Senior Dean, School of Medicine and School of Health Professions
“I feel so grateful to know that there is such great outside support for my school. I am very proud to be a student at Baylor, and I know that support for our program is support for my future as a provider.”
Juliana AbelPhysician Assistant Studies M.S. candidate ‘23
“The state-of-the-art building will make us feel like we’re on the cutting edge. It will make students more likely to come to Baylor and stay with Baylor.”
Jay JaberM.D. candidate ‘26
To date, gifts to The Cullen Tower total $100 million, more than 65% of Baylor’s $150 million philanthropic goal for the project.
The medical knowledge harnessed and the progress made in The Cullen Tower will create a healthier future not just for Baylor but also for Houston, Texas, and the world. Help us achieve that vision today.