Message from the Chair

Dr, Brian Reeves, NephrologyWelcome to the Department of Medicine at the UT Health San Antonio.

The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the School of Medicine and is committed to excellence in clinical care, education and research.

At UT Health San Antonio, “We Make Lives Better” and this vision is embodied in our Department Mission statement:
• Improve the health of our patients and the community through the discovery and implementation of high value, evidence-based, patient-centered treatment and prevention programs.
• Advance health care for the future by preparing health care providers for life-long learning, translating basic research into clinical practice and redesigning health care delivery to promote population health.
• Promote the growth and success of the School and University through interdisciplinary collaborations in research, integration of clinical care and interprofessional education programs.
• Enhance the lives of our faculty and staff by providing a workplace which encourages personal and professional development, celebrates diversity and rewards the contributions of each employee.

Our Department is comprised of 12 divisions, each offering expert clinical care and outstanding training programs. You can learn more about each division by visiting their web pages, listed to the left. Inpatient care and training are provided at our two main teaching hospitals, the University Hospital and the Audie Murphy VA Medical Center. Outpatient care and training are offered at the UTMed outpatient facility (MARC), our new Hill Country clinic, the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, the VA Medical Center and at clinics operated by the University Health System. Some divisions also sponsor joint training programs with our colleagues at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, the busiest medical facility in the Department of Defense. The Internal Medicine residency program includes over 100 residents and boasts a first-time ABIM pass rate of over 95%.

Cutting-edge research is conducted by our faculty, trainees and staff. Although our research involves all disciplines, there is particular strength in diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, aging, infectious disease and health services research. UTHSA is the proud home of an NIH-CTSA, Claude Pepper Center Older Americans Independence Center, Nathan Shock Center and a VA Geriatrics Education Research and Clinical Center and Department of Medicine faculty have leadership roles in each. The Department is embarking on a major expansion of its research programs with increased infrastructure, laboratory renovations and targeted recruitments.

San Antonio is a wonderful place to live and to work. The 7th largest city in the US, it offers the many attractions and opportunities expected of a metropolis but without the usual congestion and high cost of living. San Antonio has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the US and is a very popular destination for visitors and retirees. There are many recreational activities in San Antonio and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, including the scenic downtown Riverwalk, the historic Alamo, the newly revitalized Pearl Brewery district, Six Flags and Sea World, rafting on the Guadalupe River, great shopping and great food.

Thank you for your interest in the Department. Whether you are a prospective student, resident or faculty member, I invite you to learn more about our programs. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Brian Reeves, MD
Professor of Medicine/Nephrology
Dan F. Parman Distinguished Chair