The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The University of Tennessee Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Program

 

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.

Get to Know Us


Daphne Norwood, MD
Interim Program Director


Zach Drew, MD
Resident


Marc Oropilla, DO
Resident

Our Campus


News

7th Annual Resident and Fellows Research Contest Winners 2021

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."


Welcome New Residents

2022 The Department of Medicine welcomes the following new residents and fellows:

New Internal Medicine Residents
Kavi Dayaram, DO - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
Steve Ferlita, DO - Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, CA
Pavani Gingrich, MD - St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Erin Hamric, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, SC
Andrew Hartley, DO - University of Pikeville, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY
Jonathan Hartranft, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, SC
Travis Moodie, MD - Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Jared Odom, DO - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
Logan Shaver, DO - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
Alison Smith, MD - Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
Christy Smith, DO - Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus, Spartanburg, SC
Emma Zibas, MD - Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University,  Johnson City, TN
   
New Transitional Year Residents
Gabriella Santa Lucia, MD - Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA.
Coleman Churitch, MD - Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University,  Johnson City, TN.
Luke Maglich, MD - Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Chad Meadows, MD - Joan C. Edward’s School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
Madison Shawdowens, MD - University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Little Rock, AR.

 New Cardiovascular Disease Fellows
Tyler Coombes, MD -  American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
Nikhil Jain, MD - St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
Laylan Shali, MD - American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, TN

New Interventional Cardiology Fellow
George Eigbire, MD - University of Debrecen College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency, Unity Hospital, Rochester, NY, and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA.

New Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellows
Samuel Treat, MD - St. George’s University, School of Medicine,  Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, TN.
Akesh Thomas, MBBS - Government Medical College in Kottayam, India,  Internal Medicine Residency, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
Syed Hussain, MBBS - Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Pakistan, Internal Medicine Residency at University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburg, PA. Clinical Assistant Professor and staff hospitalist, University of Pittsburg Medical Center

New Hematology/Oncology Fellows
James “Evan” Davidson, MD - University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency, Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA.
Heidi Anne Worth, MD - American University of Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, TN.

 




UT Internal Medicine Patient Care Center

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.

Message from the Clinical Director

Juli Williams, MDOur 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

Please call 865-305-9410 for patient referrals.

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