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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, June 19, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
    Healthcare Reform -- The Move from Quality to Value
    Thomas Feeley, M.D., professor and director of the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation
  • Friday, June 26, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
    Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine
    Tammy Quest, M.D., chief of service, Palliative Care, Woodruff Health Science Center,
    Emory University, Atlanta
  • Friday, July 3, No Grand Rounds today
  • Friday, July 10, 8-9 a.m., Pickens Tower, Floor 3, Rooms 1,2,7,8
    Dermatology in the Immunosuppressed Patient
    Richard Jahan-Tigh, M.D., assistant professor, Dermatology

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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