The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM). The UTGSM is the Knoxville campus of the University Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC). The Department is comprised of 15 Divisions and 146 full time, part time, and volunteer faculty. The primary focus of the department is the training of medical residents. We also provide clinical training for third and fourth year medical students, who are primarily enrolled at the UTHSC Memphis campus. We currently offer fellowship training in Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Medicine. All of our training programs are fully accredited by ACGME.
Clinical training is provided mainly at the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) and affiliated clinics located in Knoxville. Our trainees and faculty are committed to providing exceptional patient care in a collegial environment, and several divisions are nationally recognized for their excellence. We have the twin advantages of being an academic training program without being a large one, where each trainee is well known and recognized for their achievements. We offer several unique programs that encourage our trainees to be critical thinkers; and that prepare them for the ever changing needs of healthcare, both in the current milieu and also for the future. In addition to our experienced faculty, we have outstanding support from ancillary staff in both the hospital and ambulatory clinic settings. We have a robust basic science research program, are rapidly expanding our clinical research, and have ongoing collaborations with other research institutions in and around Knoxville.
The mission of the Department of Medicine is to help physicians in training acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to become competent, compassionate physicians who possess a lifetime love of medicine, learning, and teaching; to provide an organization for the delivery of excellent medical care from both the generalists and specialists in the field of Internal Medicine; and to provide an invigorating environment for basic and clinical research. Our enthusiastic and experienced clinical and research faculty are dedicated to the fulfillment of this mission.
Dr. Jonathan Wall has been named Director of Research for the Graduate School of Medicine effective June 1, 2019. He will be responsible for overseeing basic and translational science initiatives.
Dr. Wall, a tenured Professor at the GSM, graduated from the University of Essex (Colchester, UK) with a baccalaureate in biological sciences. He received a PhD in Biological Chemistry and Biophysics for studies of protein-membrane interactions. He joined the Human Immunology & Cancer Program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as a post-doctoral fellow. He now directs the NIH-funded Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics Program where the focus is on the development and translation of biologicals for imaging and therapy of systemic amyloid diseases.
The National Board of Echocardiography administered the first exam for certification in advanced critical care echocardiography (ACCE) on January 15, 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Francisco Soto on persevering through this challenging process and obtaining this special competence.
Dr. Soto is an expert in pulmonary vascular disease and pulmonary hypertension. He is the Associate Director of UT Medical Center's Pulmonary Hypertension Program, the Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Research, and serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also board-certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the topic of pulmonary hypertension and its treatment. In 2018, the University of Tennessee Department of Medicine residents selected Dr. Soto for the London Award for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Rajiv Dhand has been named section editor of the Respiratory Medicine section of Advances in Therapy. Advances in Therapy is an international, peer reviewed journal devoted to publication of high-quality studies in clinical medicine, including research on existing drugs and drugs in development.
Several faculty awards were presented at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner held in December, 2018
The Beasley Pylon Award for extraordinary leadership and service to the Department of Medicine was presented to Dr. Mark Rasnake.
The R. A. Obenour, MD, Distinguished Alumnus Award in Recognition of Outstanding Career Achievement in the Field of Medicine was presented to Dr. Tina Dudney.
Dr. Juli Williams received the R.A. Obenour, Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award for Steadfast Dedication and Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Francisco Soto received the London Award, which is presented to a teacher who exhibits dedication to excellence.
We are delighted to recognize each of these individuals for their many contributions to the Department of Medicine.
Rajiv Dhand spoke at the New Horizons Symposium during the American Association for Respiratory Care's International Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada in early December 2018. His lecture entitled, "Aerosolized Antibiotics - Now What?" presented the results of two recent, large randomized controlled trials that have failed to show any advantage of adjunctive aerosolized antibiotics in the treatment of ventilator - associated infections and discussed the future role for aerosolized antibiotics in ventilated patients.
In Touch is produced by the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine's Department of Medicine. The mission of the newsletter is to build pride in the Department of Medicine by communicating the accessible, collaborative and human aspects of the department while highlighting pertinent achievements and activities.
In Touch is published each quarter and features faculty and resident news, upcoming events, and awards and accomplishments. As an institute of learning and discovery, the newsletter highlights how the Department of Medicine contributes to a global body of medical knowledge through various scholarly activities.
We are pleased to announce the following residents matched in the 2018 Medical Specialties Match Program:
Leigh S. Ball, MD, Sleep Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Emmanuel Isang, MD, Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lesley Jackson, MD, Rheumatology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Bill Lorson, DO, Cardiovascular Diseases, Palmetto Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Joseph Pendley, DO, Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Henry Shiflett, DO, Infectious Diseases, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Rajiv Dhand, MD, FCCP, FACP, FAARC, is a noted expert in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Dr. Dhand oversees patient care, research and educational activities of the department, which encompasses 15 medical specialties and is comprised of more than 100 faculty physicians, research scientists, residents and fellows, who serve patients through inpatient and outpatient services.
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