From the Chair

Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD, ChairSince its founding in 1951, the Department has been deeply dedicated to its missions of excellence. More than fifty years later, these commitments remain our core commitments. We assume national and international leadership in medical education, in basic and clinical research, and in providing state-of-the-art and innovative health care to the large population of patients we serve.

The Department is the largest and most complex unit in the School of Medicine and is composed of 10 divisions, 9 centers and multiple programs. We have a talented faculty of 840 full-time/voluntary members as well as over 400 staff members engaged in academic activities.

The Faculty includes clinicians in General Internal Medicine and in ten sub-specialties: Cardiology; Diabetes Care; Endocrinology and Metabolism; Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Geriatric Medicine; Hematology and Oncology; Infectious Diseases; Nephrology and Hypertension; Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine; and Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology. Together our physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of acute and chronic medical conditions. Our Faculty performs world renowned medical research, and in the process making available to our patients, the latest in technology and treatment advances. At the same time, Department of Internal Medicine physicians know how to focus on each individual, one at a time, whether that person has a complex disease or needs a comprehensive assessment and preventive care plan.

We work together, as a group, ensuring that each patient receives coordinated and appropriate medical attention.

We offer outstanding educational opportunities for students allowing them to follow many career paths in medicine and/or biomedical research. As a result of their rigorous training, UNC Medical Students match in the most competitive residencies in Internal Medicine. Our Internal Medicine Residency reviews applications from approximately 40% of all U.S. students going into internal medicine and competes successfully with the most competitive programs. Our residents consistently rank in the upper echelon of internal medicine board pass rates. We currently rank fourth among all programs in the country with a three-year pass rate of pass rate of 99%. Fellowships in the Department are equally competitive due to the success of fellowship graduates in both academic and clinical medicine.

Medicine research programs are extensive and include all types of investigation, from clinical epidemiology and outcomes research to pure basic science and molecular biology. Faculty have established collaborations world-wide. Our Faculty brings in approximately $100M in research funding annually. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has increased from $20M in 1989 to nearly $103M in 2012 and we are currently ranked 7th in the country amongst School of Medicine Departments.

We invite you to explore our new Website to discover what we are about and we encourage you to contact us with questions or comments.

Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Charles and Ann Sanders Distinguished Professor of Medicine