About Us

The General Internal Medicine section at Baylor College of Medicine comprises more than 135 faculty members practicing primarily at five Department of Medicine clinical locations: Harris Health Smith Clinic, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and Baylor Clinic. As one of the largest sections in the Department of Medicine, we provide a significant service to the College through training medical students, residents, fellows and other graduate students, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases that commonly affect adults. The section also has a subspecialization in women's care.

The section of General Internal Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for its successful educational programs, innovative patient care, and clinical research. Research activities in the area of general internal medicine also occur in the closely affiliated sections of Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine and the Research division of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Research education includes federally funded primary care research fellowships.

Environmental Health Service

One of the section’s newest specialty areas, the Environmental Health Service, has active education, patient care, research and outreach programs. See information about the EHS.

Mission and Vision

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Mission statement and vision

The Section of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is an integral part of the Department of Medicine (DoM). It is the largest section with, at last count, 136 paid faculty and 24 voluntary faculty. Its clinical and educational scope includes both hospital medicine and primary care general medicine. It operates at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, the Baylor Clinic, Harris Health's Ben Taub Hospital and Smith Clinic, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.


The DoM creates and applies knowledge through research, scientific discovery, and medical education and training locally and globally; all done with innovation and compassion to advance health and wellness. SGIM’s specific role in that mission is to accomplish training, research and scientific discovery in the areas of hospital medicine and primary care internal medicine. As much of our clinical venue is in the public arena, we have a specific mission to practice and teach the key role of social determinants of health. SGIM also contains members from a broad range of specialties, such as Environmental Health Services, IM Emergency MDs at VA, PharmDs, and therefore also has a mission of engaging all in the DoM mission.


To become a destination academic community that promotes discovery and education to improve the health of individuals and populations through science, clinical practice, education and service.

Research: Become BCM’s leading engine of scientific discovery, translation and implementation to advance health

SGIM is primarily focused on clinical and educational missions, but actively supports the research mission and participates in scholarly endeavors. We participate in cross-disciplinary, translational research in collaboration with other Department of Medicine sections, such as Health Services Research, Population Health and Epidemiology.

Patient Care: Provide the highest-quality clinical service that employs and integrates patient-centered care, population health, precision medicine and wellness principles, and is the first choice for patients and referring providers

SGIM clinical faculty continue to be among the best clinical care role models reflecting the departmental clinical missions.

Education: Be recognized as innovators in education and training of students, trainees and health professionals, attracting and developing the next generation of leaders in medicine

SGIM clinical educator faculty are among the best clinical educators, reflecting the departmental educational missions.