Research Opportunities

The Medical Student Research Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for all medical students to engage in a variety of research activities – both basic and clinical – in conjunction with the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center. These projects will count toward an application for M.D. with Distinction in Research.

Several avenues are available:

On-Campus Research Opportunities

Since our office cannot keep up with the plethora of research being done on campus, we have devised a list of research coordinators in different departments who are frequently looking for medical students for summer or year-long research projects.

Please feel free to contact them in you are interested in their research field. If the department you are interested in is not listed, contact the mentor you are interested in working with directly.

Adolescent Medicine

May Lau, M.D.
Assistant Profesor, Pediatrics
Medical Director, Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic

Darlene Washington

Age-Related Research

Craig Rubin, M.D.
Director, UT-MSTAR program

Raina Smith

Anesthesiology and Pain Management

Dawood Nasir, M.D.
Associate Professor

Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Bryan Elwood
Research Coordinator
Phone: 214-648-8487

Family Medicine

Nora Gimpel, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

David E. Gerber, M.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Hematology Oncology
Phone:  214-648-4180
Fax:  214-648-1955

Erin Williams, M.B.A.
Associate Director – CRO Administration
Fax: 214-648-1906


Andrea Gonzales, M.B.A. 
Administrative Manager
Phone: 214-648-7333
Student Research Projects

Medical Education

James Wagner, M.D.
Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Neurology and Neurotherapeutics & Immunology

Nancy Monson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Monson Lab


Jennifer Roemer, M.P.H. 
Phone: 214-648-0347
Student Research Projects

Orthopaedic Surgery

Cindy Daniel
Manager, Clinical Research


Cheryl Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Debra Weinberger, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Pediatric Surgery

Lorrie Burkhalter, B.S., CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator
Children’s Healthâ„

Plastic Surgery

Debby Noble
Clinical Laboratory Manager


E. Sherwood Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: 214-645-6950
Fax: 214-645-6951

Radiation Oncology

Kevin Albuquerque, M.D.
Associate Professor

Susan Brown
Residency Program Coordinator


Gary Lemack, M.D.
Professor, Urology and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics

Allison Beaver
Research Coordinator