The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM) Internal Medicine Residency program is comprised of an outstanding team of faculty, staff, and resident physicians with the charge to deliver world class patient care, advance medical knowledge through research and inquiry, and improve the quality of healthcare. The program size of 36 residents and low resident to faculty ratio provides an environment where residents can form longitudinal learning relationships with dedicated general medicine and subspecialty faculty. This program has been described as "small but intense" by residents and students alike, reflecting well the department's emphasis on rigorous training combined with personal attention from the faculty.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the nationally ranked tertiary care medical center where most training occurs, maintains a deep commitment to medical education. Since 1956 this facility has trained thousands of medical students and resident physicians in the ever-growing residency and fellowship programs. Patients have access to a broad array of specialty and technology driven care, built upon a base of an outstanding primary care network. The Department of Medicine has fellowship programs in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, and pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, with a residency class size of 12 Categorical Medicine residents per year in addition to a Transitional Program Residency. The department is continuing to grow, with plans for addition of a Hematology Oncology fellowship soon. The direct patient care provided by our department and the physicians who trained here and practice in the region are critical to the life of the East Tennessee community. The majority of UTGSM graduates choose to make the Knoxville area and East Tennessee their home.
For more information regarding applying to the Internal Medicine Residency Program, please visit Residency Applicant Criteria.
On June 8th, 2021, the Department of Medicine held the 7th Annual Residents' and
Fellows' Research Contest. A faculty committee reviewed the research papers submitted by
Department of Medicine residents and fellows and selected the top three to present at the
Research Awards. The audience voted to select the placement of the winners.
Dr. James Livesay won first place with "Effect of Elevated Left Ventricular End Diastolic Pressure
on Instantaneous Wave-Free Ratio and Fractional Flow Reserve Discordance."
Dr. Greg Desrosiers won second place with "Cardiologist Underutilization of New Antihyperglycemic
Medications in Diabetic Patients with Cardiovascular Disease."
Dr. James Drew won third place with "A Retrospective Analysis Investigating Risk Factors for Rheumatologic
Complications with the Use of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors."
Mary Alexander, DO: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN
Abdallah Assaf, MD: Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
Muaz Assaf, MD: Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
Sohiub Assaf, MD: Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
Phillip Dougherty, DO: Lincoln Memorial, University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN
Ashley Gutierrez-Santana, MD: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Salem Karadsheh, MBBS: University of Jordan Medical School, Amman, Jordan
Sonya Khimani, MD: Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
Shawna Simpson, DO: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lynchburg, VA
Natalie Street, MD: East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Mountain Home, TN
Warner Thomas, MD: University of Tennessee Memphis, College of Medicine, Memphis TN
Martin Valdes, MD: Ross University School of Medicine, Miramar, FL
NEW TRANSITIONAL YEAR RESIDENTS
Hayden F Byrd, MD: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Houston, TX. Matched at Vanderbilt Univ for Rad/Onc beginning 07/2022.
Rachel Dykes, DO: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine â€“ Auburn Campus, AL, Matched at Orange Park Med Ctr-FL for Dermatology beginning 07/ 2022.
Alexandria Atkins, MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis - College of Medicine, Memphis TN. Matched w/Radiology at UTGSM beginning 07/2022.
M. Christian Gash, MD: East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Mountain, Home, TN. Matched with Radiology at UTGSM beginning 07/2022.
Michael Gerbo, MD: West Virginia University School of Medicine. Morgantown, WV. Matched with Radiology at UTGSM beginning 07/2022.
Jacob (Jake) Saxon, MD: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Matched with Radiology at UTGSM beginning 07/2022.
NEW CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE FELLOWS
Justin Harrell, DO: Medical School at Lincoln, Memorial University & Internal Medicine Residency at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
John Taylor, DO: Medical School at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine & Internal Medicine, Residency at AdventHealth Orlando, FL
Michael Kopstein, DO: Medical School at Lincoln, Memorial University & Internal Medicine Residency at HCA HealthONE Program, Lone Tree, CO
NEW INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY FELLOW
William Black: Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine; Knoxville, TN
NEW PULMONARY/CRITICAL CARE FELLOWS
Sharma Nishant, MBBS: Medical School at Kakatiya Medical College in India & Internal Medicine Residency at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, PA
Shawnt Tosonian, MD: Medical School at St. Georgeâ€™s University School of Medicine in Grenada & Internal Medicine Residency at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA
Elman Urbina Meneses, MD: Medical School at the Universidad Americana (UAM) Facultad de Medicina, Nicaragua & Internal Medicine Residency at MetroWest Medical Center/Tufts School of Medicine, Framingham, MA.
Mark Rasnake, MD
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Department of Medicine
The University of Tennessee Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920-6999
865-305-9340 or 800-596-7249
Our office is staffed with 8 Board-Certified Internists and 30 resident physicians dedicated to serving the primary care needs of the East TN community. Each patient will be seen by a resident physician under the supervision and guidance of an attending physician. Our staff proudly endorses being a part of a large teaching academic center and our mission of healing, education, and discovery can be seen with each office visit. As part of that mission, patients are encouraged to actively participate in their health care decisions. For more information, please read the brochure.
Our goal in the center is to provide comprehensive medical care through a team approach. Your resident physician will manage your care under the guidance and supervision of an experienced attending physician. We consider our patients an important part of the healthcare team and invite them to participate in their healthcare decision making. - Juli Williams MD
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The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 | 865-305-9290
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