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Department of Medicine - Residency

Houston, Texas

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Internal Medicine Residency Program
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Subspecialty Training: Clinical and Laboratory Immunology

Program Director

David P. Huston, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

Program Description

The Baylor College of Medicine Immunology Allergy and Rheumatology Section offers a three-year training program. Individuals dual train for three years in allergy and immunology and in rheumatology, and become eligible for admission to the certifying examinations in both Allergy and Immunology and in Rheumatology. A fourth year of training to become eligible for admission to the certifying examination in Clinical and Laboratory Immunology is also available. Candidates must have completed residency training in internal medicine and be eligible for admission to the certifying examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Applications from candidates seeking academically oriented training with an interest in basic or clinical research are encouraged.

The curriculum is designed to train candidates in an environment which prepares them to provide outstanding clinical care and to develop the fundamental skills with which to pursue an academic career. The first two years of training include inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations at Baylor College of Medicine's three principal affiliated hospitals: the Ben Taub General Hospital, the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and The Methodist Hospital. Training integrates clinical care with graduate courses in immunology, journal clubs, lab meetings, interdisciplinary conferences, and monthly grand rounds in immunology and in rheumatology. During the third year, trainees have the opportunity to pursue basic and clinical research projects developed during their first two years of training. Supervision is provided by faculty who have achieved stature as clinicians, educators, and scientists.

Research Opportunities

The Immunology Allergy and Rheumatology Section has extensive basic and clinical research programs funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Veterans Affairs, national research organizations, industry, and research endowments. The research programs are an integral part of Baylor's Biology of Inflammation Center. Studies focus on mechanisms of lymphocyte activation; immunoregulation; human immunoglobulin gene polymorphisms; structure/function characteristics of anticarbohydrate antibodies; cytokine biology, including structure/function and mechanisms of signal transduction and gene transcription; mechanisms of immunoglobulin deficiencies; murine models of autoimmunity and of asthma; pathogenesis of HIV; and clinical trials, including cellular/gene therapy of autoimmune disease, and pharmacologic therapy of allergic and immunologic disorders. Trainees participate in these studies and are taught sound approaches for designing and conducting research. Extended research training is available through institutional training grants in Immunology from the National Institutes of Health.

Faculty

George F. Duna, M.D.
Associate Professor
Rheumatology (vasculitis; rheumatoid arthritis)

J. Edward Hernandez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis; lupus)

David P. Huston, M.D.
Professor
Immunology, Allergy, Rheumatology (cytokine structure/function; immunoglobulin deficiencies; autoimmunity; allergic inflammation)

Namieta M. Janssen, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis; lupus)

Berma M. Kinsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research (immunochemistry; gene regulation)

Martin D. Lidsky, M.D.
Associate Professor
Rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis)

Margarita Martinez-Moczygemba, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research (Cytokine signal transduction)

Frank M. Orson, M.D.
Associate Professor
Immunology, Allergy (HIV immunoregulatory vaccine development)

Marilyn S. Pollack, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
(Immunogenetics; transplantation immunology; HLA)

Roger D. Rossen, M.D.
Professor
Immunology, Allergy (complement biology; HIV; adhesion molecules; myocardial inflammation)

Maria Suarez-Almazor, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and health outcomes research

Xiao-Feng Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research (Pathogenesis of dermatomyositis; mechanisms of apoptosis; tumor immunology )

Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, Ph.D.
Professor
Research (Cytokine signal transduction and regulation of gene transcription )

Contact Information

Training Program Director

David P. Huston, M.D.
Cullen Professor of Immunology
Director, Biology of Inflammation Center
Immunology Allergy and
Rheumatology Section
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 285
Suite 672E
Houston, TX77030-3411
Phone: 713-798-3360
Fax: 713-798-5780
Email: dhuston@bcm.edu

Program Coordinator

Anna M. Wirt
Department of Medicine
Immunology Allergy and
Rheumatology Section
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 285
Suite 672E
Houston, TX 77030-3411
Phone: 713-798-7313
Fax: 713-798-5780
Email: awirt@bcm.edu

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