The Department of Medicine is comprised of eleven sections which are focused on specific clinical disciplines within the field of Internal Medicine, two sections which are devoted to research (the Cardiovascular Research and Health Services Research) 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 Gulf Coast Digestive Diseases Center, the Center for Space Medicine, and the Cardiovascular Research Center.
In September 2013, the research efforts of department faculty were supported by $48.4M in total extramural research funding (a total of 575 funding awards), including:
- $25.6M from the NIH, $5M from the Veteran’s Administration
- $4.5M from other federal agencies
- $3.8M from industry support of clinical trials
- $9.3M 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 eight Sections have been awarded NIH T-32 grants to support research training in the fields of endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, health services research, immunology, infectious diseases, pulmonary medicine, molecular medicine, and nephrology.
In FY12, Department faculty published 987 peer-reviewed reports and 139 reviews and book chapters. 124 faculty were members or officers of national advisory committees and study sections; 91 serve as associate editors or invited members of journal editorial boards; 16 are elected members of the Association of American Physicians (AAP); and 17 are elected members of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI).