Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
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Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
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Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Beto Lopez


Beto Lopez is the director, systems designer and co-founder of the Design Institute for Health, a joint venture of the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Lopez, a designer by trade, brings more than a decade’s worth of experience helping organizations grow their business and culture through human-centered design. Passionate about the mash-up of design thinking and systems thinking, Lopez is advancing the practice of systems design to transform the way health organizations work together and with others to create and deliver value to people.

Before founding the Design Institute for Health, Lopez worked at IDEO, a globally renowned design and innovation consultancy. There, he held roles as product designer, project lead, Design for Sustainability global director, and most recently as global lead of systems design. While at IDEO, Lopez collaborated on innovation challenges with clients across many industries beyond health and health care. He also took on challenges for government agencies and nonprofit organizations working in the developing world.

Lopez earned degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and prior to IDEO worked in automotive R&D, architectural engineering and sustainable-development research. He regularly speaks about the topics of design, systems thinking and sustainable development. And he is frequently surprised and inspired by his teenage son who dares to try things in adventure sports that he only dreamed of doing as a kid.