The Department of Medicine is comprised of 14 sections that are focused on specific clinical disciplines within the field of Internal Medicine, three of which are devoted to research (the Section of Cardiovascular Research, the Section of Health Services Research, and the Section of Epidemiology and Population Sciences) and three research centers: The Biology of Inflammation Center, the Asthma Clinical Research Center, and the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research.

In addition, department of faculty play leadership roles in nine College-wide centers including the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, the VA HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuEST Center), the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Center, the Diabetes Research Center, the Texas Medical Center Digestive Disease Center, the Center for Space Medicine, and the Cardiovascular Research Center.

Research Funding

In FY16, the research efforts of department faculty were supported by $59.7M in total extramural research funding (a total of 618 funding awards), including:

  • $26.6M from the NIH, $7.4M from the Veteran’s Administration
  • $8.9M from other federal agencies
  • $3.8M from industry support of clinical trials
  • $16.7M from other non-federal sources

Among these awards are NIH Center awards in endocrinology, infectious diseases, oncology, and gastroenterology, and a VA Center of Excellence Award (health services research). In addition six sections have been awarded NIH T-32 grants to support research training in the fields of gastroenterology, hematology, health services research, immunology, infectious diseases, and pulmonary medicine.