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 small program size 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 (UTMC), the nationally ranked tertiary care medical center where the majority of 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 outstanding primary care provider network. The Department of Medicine has fellowship programs in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, and has expanded the residency class size from 9 to 12 residents per year. The department is continuing to grow, with current projects to add fellowships in nephrology and critical care. The direct patient care this department provides and the physicians trained here that 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.


Resident Research Day Award Winners

Welcome New Residents

The Department of Medicine welcomes the following new residents:

Internal Medicine

Nick Cline, MD, Mercer University
Tyler Coombes, MD, American University of Caribbean
Emily Daniels, DO, Lincoln Memorial University
Chad Hughett, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas
Samuel Mowery, DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sam Purkey, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Alabama
Megan Sears, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas
Laylan Shali, MD, American University of Caribbean
Jared Spoons, DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Samuel Treat, MD, St. George’s University
Bethany Wright, MD, St. George’s University
Megan Young, MD, St. George’s University

Transitional Year

Lorin Bibb, MD, Quillen, East TN State University
Katherine Sumarriva, MD, Vanderbilt University

Transitional Year/Radiology

Dennis Martin, MD, Thomas Jefferson University
David Norton, MD, Mercer University
Taylor Oakley, MD, Medical College of Georgia
Jared Peacock, MD, Eastern Virginia

2018 Medical Specialties Match Results

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

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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