The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM); the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The Department is comprised of 19 Divisions and 189 full time, part time, and volunteer faculty. The primary focus of the department is the training of medical residents and third- and fourth-year medical students who are primarily enrolled at the UTHSC. We offer a Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program and a Transitional Year Program. We offer fellowship training in Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, and Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Medicine which are fully accredited by the ACGME. The latest ACGME approved fellowship is in Hematology/Oncology. Additionally, we are committed to clinical and basis science research with a robust Amyloidosis and Cancer Theranostics Program as well as a Molecular Imaging Laboratory.

Training Facilities

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 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.

Our Mission

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


Congratulations to the Tennessee Chapter Governor-elect Designee for the American College of Physicians, Daniel S. Ely, MD, FACP. He will complete a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start their four-year term as Governor in Spring of 2025. As Governor, Dr. Ely will serve as the official representative of the College for our Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level

Posted 5/24

We are pleased to announce Denia Ramirez, MD will serve as the Program Director of the Neurology Residency Program

Posted 5/24

We are delighted to announce that G. Andres Quiceno, MD is serving as the Vice Chair of Education and Program Director of Internal Medicine

Posted 5/24

Dr. Albert Quiery appointed as Program Director of the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program

Posted 5/24


The Department of Medicine recently held its Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner.  The following individuals were recognized:

Dr. Anne Kassira - The R.A. Obenour, Jr., Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Ben Holmes - London Award
Dr. Gary Klipple - Beasley Pylon Award
Dr. Michael Henderson - The R.A. Obenour, MD, Distinguished Alumnus Award
Mr. Joe Landsman - Chairman's Outstanding Service Award

Posted 4/24

Dr. Janet Purkey selected as the 2024 Remarkable Woman of the Year by WATE.

Dr. Janet Purkey has been selected as the WATE Remarkable Woman of the Year for 2024. She was nominated for this award to recognize the many contributions she has made to the Department of Medicine, the UT Medical Center and patients at the East Knox Free Medical Clinic. Dr. Purkey serves as a role model for pre-med students, medical students, and residents. In addition, Dr. Purkey created Zazzy Bandz, after obtaining a patent for a headache-free headband with a portion of sales going to support Peniel orphanage in Zimbabwe.

Posted 4/24

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The "In Touch" Newsletter

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.

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