Program Leadership

David H. Johnson, M.D., FACP
Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine

We are delighted to welcome you to UT Southwestern Medical Center and hope that during your visit here you will discover the reasons behind the great pride that we have in our training program in Internal Medicine.

As a physician entering into internal medicine training we believe you should aspire to excellence in the Oslerian tradition. We believe fully in Osler’s admonition to maintain a “clear head and a kind heart” — competence and compassion.

It is for this reason that we believe our Residency Program is special. It is based on a commitment to teaching and lifelong education in the scientific principles of medicine, and also in the belief that each of you must be challenged to evaluate patients and to make decisions in their care when they are most in need. The result, we are confident, is that our graduates rank among the very best, and are fully able to balance the true responsibilities of medicine — competence and compassion —  in a remarkable manner. Along the way, our residents develop into outstanding academicians, teachers, and physicians who approach the next steps in their chosen profession with confidence and inspiration.

Regardless of your career aspirations we believe the training you will receive at UTSW will prepare you for the challenges of the future. We look forward to your visit, and welcome you to UT Southwestern.

Salahuddin (Dino) Kazi, M.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Education
Residency Program Director
Internal Medicine

The clinical experience of our trainees is based on a foundation of the strengths of our teaching hospitals, commitment of our faculty, and investment of the Department in the Residency Program.

The UT Southwestern University Hospitals’ tertiary referral practice gives trainees exposure to cutting-edge diagnostics and therapeutics. Parkland Memorial Hospital is a premier county hospital serving indigent patients of Dallas County, as well as patients from all over the world who present with an unparalleled spectrum of disease processes. The Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the largest in America, offers house staff the opportunity to care for our nation’s veteran population.

The strength of the Residency Program is the close relationship the house staff share with our clinical faculty. Internal Medicine is fortunate to have three Department Chairs still active in teaching our residents. The faculty recognizes that the house staff are the lifeblood of our practice and provide the house officers with the autonomy to be the patients’ primary providers in a way that optimizes learning.

Postgraduate training programs around the country know the quality of our graduates. Whether or not you choose to specialize after residency, you will leave this program as an excellent physician with a solid scientific foundation and close professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

Vice Chairs

Carlos Girod, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Clinical Affairs, Parkland 

R. Tyler Miller, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Chief of Medicine, VA Medical Center

Mack Mitchell, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Clinical Operations

Jonathan C. Weissler, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
Chief of Medicine, University Hospitals

Associate Program Directors

Ugis Gruntmanis, M.D.
Endocrinology

Jay Horton, M.D.
Digestive and Liver Diseases

Lynne Kirk, M.D.
General Internal Medicine

Elizabeth Paulk, M.D.
Palliative Care

Gail Peterson, M.D.
Cardiology

Kara Prescott, M.D.
Rheumatology 

Melanie Sulistio, M.D.
Cardiology 

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