Welcome to the Department of Medicine
Established in 1911, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is the education and research hub of one of the nation’s oldest and largest medical centers. As the largest Department on the UTHSC campus,
we are committed to outstanding clinical care, education and research. Our physicians offer compassionate, cutting-edge patient care consistent with the latest medical
evidence, as only a top academic health science center can provide. We are fortunate to have physicians who are renowned in their fields and widely acclaimed for their
expertise. Our professors educate the next generation of physicians with the best available scientific and clinical knowledge. Our medical scientists seek to discover
the causes of illnesses and to translate those discoveries into new therapies for curing and preventing disease. We are supported by a talented administrative,
clinical and research staff that is committed to excellence.
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Thank you for your interest in the UTHSC Department of Medicine.
Guy L. Reed, MS, MD
Department of Medicine News
Department of Medicine Programs Achieve Five Year Accreditations
The Department of Medicine congratulates Program Directors Drs. Kim Huch, Sam Dagogo Jack, Mohammad Ismail, Santhosh Koshy, Ray Osarogiagbon, K Ramanathan, Karl Weber
and Coordinators Susan Andrews, Margo Blake, Brenda Coleman and Carol Lipman for their outstanding collaborative efforts that resulted in unusually long five year
accreditations for Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology-Oncology, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology (two year accreditation).
According to Dr. Gene Mangiante, Executive Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, a five year ACGME cycle “has been a most rare event.”
Congratulations to all involved!!
New Chief of Gastroenterology Coming to UTHSC
It is my pleasure to announce that Toan Nguyen, M.D, will join the UT Department of Medicine in late August 2010 as the Chief of Gastroenterology and the Hyman Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Nguyen is an experienced
leader who has served as the Interim Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Washington and the Seattle VA. He received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Nguyen did his residency at the
University of Chicago and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Stanford University.
Dr. Nguyen is internationally known for his research on pancreatic duct epithelial cell function, secretion and pathology. He has published widely in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of
Clinical Investigation, Journal of Biological Chemistry, etc. His research is funded by VA Merit awards and he has served as the Director of an NIH T32 training grant. He will partner with colleagues in the Division
of Gastroenterology and across campus to enhance and strengthen our clinical, educational and research activities.
Please join me in thanking Dr. Jackie Fleckenstein for her continuing superb service as interim Chief of Gastroenterology. We are grateful to her for leading the Division of Gastroenterology during a very challenging
Guy L. Reed, MS, MD
Chairman of the Department of Medicine, UTHSC
Solomon Receives Founder’s Medal
Solomon S. Solomon, MD, UTHSC Professor of Medicine and Chief of Endocrinology, Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center
received the prestigious Founder’s Medal by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) during the Southern Society’s annual meeting on
February 25 -27 in New Orleans. The Founder’s Medal is the highest honor for research and academic achievement awarded by the society.
Dr. Solomon is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and educator. He has authored more than 150 research articles. He is recognized for his
innovative research on insulin and diabetes. His work has helped to define the biochemical and molecular basis of diabetic and the nature of insulin
resistance in Type II diabetes.
Cushman on Blood Pressure and Diabetes
In the April edition of Internal Medicine News, UTHSC Professor Dr William C. Cushman examines the correlation between systolic blood pressure and diabetes.