Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine

It is an honor to welcome you to the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  The Department, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, enjoys a rich heritage.  Our founding chair, Tinsley Harrison, MD was an icon in American medicine.  His prescient vision for excellence in the core missions of academic medicine – teaching, patient care, and research – is deeply woven into the fabric of all that we do and serves as an inspiration for our medical students, residents, and fellows.  

I assumed the leadership of the Department in September 2016 with a commitment to build on the legacies of my predecessors and to lead Wake Forest’s evolution as a learning health system.  The Department brings together 280 faculty, 175 residents and fellows, and more than 100 advance practice providers, who collectively work to create new knowledge across the breadth of internal medicine, to integrate that new knowledge into our educational and clinical programs, and to disseminate what we have learned to other institutions. To accomplish these goals, we foster a culture that embraces innovation and seeks to do better tomorrow than what we did today. 

I am particularly proud of our residency program and clerkships, which emphasizes core clinical problem solving skills and prepare learners for lifetime learning and professional growth.  The cornerstone of our educational programs is a commitment to teaching excellence among our faculty, who consistently win institutional and national teaching awards.  Our programs provide trainees with exposure to the entire spectrum of subspecialties, while becoming highly competent in the skills and judgment required of the general internist. In many ways, our educational programs are the glue that bind faculty and staff across their diverse professional interests and that creates a strong sense of family. 

Our faculty also conduct groundbreaking research to elucidate the mechanisms of disease, to translate these findings to novel treatments, and to develop innovative healthcare delivery models to improve patients’ health and wellbeing.  Many of our faculty have led large national trials that have defined our current treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer.  

The fulfillment of our educational and research mission requires exemplary clinical services.  Over the past two decades, our clinical programs have been recognized as being among the nation's best by U.S. News and World Report, including our programs in Cancer, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Diabetes and Endocrinology.  

The Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest is firmly committed to preparing trainees to thrive in a changing health care landscape and to shaping that landscape in ways that promote patient-centered high value care.  Perhaps most importantly, the Department is committed to fostering an academic environment that embraces diversity, eliminates healthcare disparities, and treats patients with the utmost respect and dignity. 

I encourage your to explore our website and to know our faculty, trainees, and staff and the resources that are aligned to support each of our missions. 

Gary Rosenthal, M.D., F.A.C.P
Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine

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