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The Division of Internal Medicine houses many world-renowned experts in medical care of oncology patients. What may not be as evident are its robust research operation and an appealing, stimulating environment for multifaceted quality research. 

Several researchers, spread among the nine departments of the division, are making significant discoveries that translate to advancement in the care and quality of life of our cancer patients. For more information, refer to the Division of Internal Medicine Research Services brochure

Research Committee

The Division of Internal Medicine Research Committee is charged with:

  • Facilitating cross-divisional research collaborations
  • Organization of a Divisional Research Retreat
  • Identifying research-related issues across the Division of Internal Medicine for the purposes of communication, resolution, implementation and evaluation
  • Reviewing and recommending research-related equipment requests, including annual capital equipment planning
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of the divisional research equipment replacement plan when funding is identified
  • Participating in the development of research-related portions of the division's strategic and annual operating plans
  • Identifying and addressing issues related to faculty and trainee educational needs, the research process, and sponsored programs and activities

Samuel Shelburne, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, is committee chair. David Ost, M.D., associate professor, Pulmonary Medicine, is the committee deputy chair. 

Distinguished Paper Award

The Internal Medicine Distinguished Paper Award was established to identify quality research in the division. The project was initiated under the leadership of Deputy Division Head -- Research Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, M.D., and the oversight of the Research Committee. Articles authored by division faculty with an impact factor of six or above are identified quarterly by a librarian with the Research Medical Library. Dr. Kontoyiannis trims the field down to five to ten articles, which are then scrutinized by a five-member faculty selection committee that ultimately determines the winner. The committee scores papers on originality, readability, broad appeal, technical aspects and translational value.


Research Education Series

The Division of Internal Medicine Research Education Series launched in fall 2012 under the direction of Deputy Division Head -- Research Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, M.D., Sc.D., professor, and Director of Research Administration Nyma Shah, M.B.A. The intent of the series is to evoke conversation and trending toward a world-class internal medicine division that also specializes in meaningful research efforts and outcomes.

The meetings will address three specific areas of research operations:

  • Research Development and Strategy
  • Research Education and Training
  • Research Administration

Audience: The meeting is open to all division employees, faculty, research coordinators, research managers and department administrators.


Cyrus Scholar Award Competition

The Michael and Mariet Cyrus Research Fund, established in 2005, promotes the development of basic and clinical research skills in internal medicine. Thanks to the generosity of the Cyrus family, two awards are given each year -- a Cyrus Scholar Award for Outstanding Basic Research, and a James S. and Suzanne Cyrus Scholar Award for Outstanding Clinical Research. Each winner receives $15,000 ($5,000 each for three years).

Grand Rounds and Conferences

Friday, April 3, 2015, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
What is the Evidence for Nutrition Support in Oncology?

Todd Canada, Pharm.D., manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Pharmacy Clinical Programs


Friday, April 10, 2015, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
Anemia in Kidney Disease: Harnessing Hypoxia Responses for Therapy

Volker H. Haase, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, associate professor of Molecular
Physiology and Biophysics, Krick-Brooks Chair in Nephrology, associate professor 
of Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Friday, April 17, 2015, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
CMV in HSCT Recipients and Critically Ill Patients

Michael Boeckh, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Medicine, University of 
Washington; and member, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center


Friday, April 24, 2015, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
Pneumococcal Lung Infection and Host Tolerance

Charles Sun Dela Cruz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and
Sleep Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Past Events

Mechanisms of Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma and Its Therapy (requires Adobe Flash Player)
Charles Cleeland, Ph.D., Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., Patrick Dougherty, Ph.D., Loretta Williams, Ph.D., James Reuben, Ph.D., and Xin Shelley Wang, Ph.D.
August 7, 2009

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