It is with pleasure that I submit the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Scorecard for FY 2011-12. This past year was another great year for the department.
We continued our aggressive recruitment efforts and were able to attract 27 faculty. In research, the department improved its NIH ranking to 43 (from 50). In education, the department sustained vibrant and accredited training programs in all of our subspecialties.
Each of our divisions achieved important milestones this year. Pulmonary, for example, recruited four (4) faculty, established our first Disease Management Program (in COPD), and is leading the newly established Critical Care Program at Jewish Hospital.
Gastroenterology recruited an international expert to lead its Gl Motility Program, submitted a multi-investigator Program Project Grant to the NIH, and several of its junior faculty were the recipients of important grants.
Cardiology further extended its research portfolio with unique NIH-sponsored multi-investigator grants and recruited six (6) faculty to expand its clinical programs including a seasoned director for its fellowship program.
Internal Medicine recruited five (5) faculty and continued to masterfully lead our residency training program which matched excellent candidates.
Endocrinology and Rheumatology continued their efforts in the clinical and educational arenas and lead the department in electronic record compliance.
Nephrology submitted a multi-investigator grant to the Department of Veterans Affairs and orchestrated an exciting joint venture with a private corporation to enhance its dialysis program.
Medical Oncology attracted new grants and recruited five (5) faculty, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation recruited a much needed faculty member, and Dermatology continued its outstanding training record and recruited one (1) new faculty member.
Infectious Diseases expanded its clinical research program with an important grant from the Centers for Disease Control, recruited six (6) faculty, will soon establish a new Travel Clinic, and is fully engaged in the establishment of a clinical research support program.
Highlights about the department's accomplishments include:
- With the new recruits, the department has attracted close to 70 new faculty to U of L in the past 27 months.
- Our faculty developed important departmental committees related to Education, Finances, Clinical Research, Ambulatory Patient Care, and Strategic Planning.
- Programs of excellence have been developed in the areas of Congestive Heart Failure, Bone and Joint Infection, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease, Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchial Thermoplasty, and Lung Transplantation. New programs are being established in GI Motility and Travel-related Infection Control, among others.
- Close to 10 department members were successfully nominated for membership in the honorary Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) totaling over 30 faculty in the past 27 months, and making it the fastest growing group in the SSCI. Also, two of our faculty were recipients of national lifetime achievement awards (Jeffrey Callen and Roberto Bolli).
- Three faculty were promoted to Associate Professor; one faculty member was promoted to Professor of Medicine. A member of our faculty became Director of Preclinical Curriculum and Assessment (Amy Holthouser), while another became Associate Dean for Medical Education (Ann Shaw). Two members became recipients of endowed chairs (Aruni Bhatnagar and Jun Yan).
- Department faculty published over 400 manuscripts, delivered close to 300 presentations, attracted over 100 grants, and were recipients of over 115 awards and honors.
- The department's research program improved its NIH ranking to 43 (from 50 in 2010) and witnessed a 55% increase in new federal awards, a 77% increase in new private non-profit awards, a 207% increase in new VA awards, a 25% increase in transfers, and a 17% increase in grant continuations.
- The faculty was heavily engaged in student and resident education as reflected by their involvement in many institutional educational committees and related activities.
Note that the department has also embraced initiatives related to the new University of Louisville Physicians integration. To that end, the department has looked for ways to improve the efficiency of its clinical programs and established financial and strategy development committees to facilitate this transition while identifying new sources of revenue. In addition, I am pleased to state that most of our faculty are engaged with the new Allscripts electronic record.
These and other accomplishments were only possible because of the hard work and entrepreneurship of our faculty, staff, and trainees. This wonderful group of loyal and committed U of L citizens are driving this department closer to its goal of becoming the top academic internal medicine program in the region.
Thanks to our partners in other departments and schools, to institution administrators, and to U of L leadership, this goal is within our reach.
Finally, I need to thank the staff in the Chair's Office who did all the legwork needed to prepare this report.
Thank you for your support,
Jesse Roman, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chairman, The University of Louisville Department of Medicine
Distinguished University Scholar