With 14 sections, 10 centers, and seven vice-chair groups, the Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine is the largest adult practice department at Baylor College of Medicine. Founded in 1953, we are proud to be the one of the largest education programs in the nation with more than 700 trainees, and highly competitive specialty fellowship training programs, including seven federally funded research training grants. Our healthcare providers see hundreds of thousands of patients in seven inpatient and outpatient facilities, providing a full spectrum of high-quality primary and subspecialty healthcare. The Department’s clinical excellence is recognized in U.S. News and World Report, and several of our subspecialty practices are acknowledged as programs of national and regional distinction for novel diagnostic and therapeutic patient care offerings. Our departmental research initiatives span the continuum of biomedical research from basic to clinical, attracting $79.5 million in total extramural funding, including more than $62 million from the NIH as well as other federal sources.
We represent the best of Houston’s features by embracing diversity, unity, and a worldly outlook, with ambitions as large as the Texas skies. We are dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge to advance the medicine of tomorrow, educate the leaders of internal medicine, and promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. On any given day, you can find members of our department treating a war veteran for cancer, diagnosing malaria in a recent immigrant, reconfiguring a heart valve, or holding the hand of a patient. You will find faculty members are committed to their mentorship of medical students, and others often provide keynote addresses or media interviews to audiences of thousands. You will also find some of our researchers are recognized for their strategies to prevent the spread of viruses like HIV, COVID-19, and others making new discoveries to cure asthma.