About Us / Subspecialties

parsons_polly250X180Message from the Chair

Our faculty is engaged in a wide range of clinical, educational, service and research activities. Educational activities include instruction of medical students, Internal Medicine and Dermatology Residents and subspecialty Fellows in the prevention, pathophysiology and management of diseases encompassed within the broad spectrum of Internal Medicine and its subspecialties. The faculty is also extensively engaged in post-graduate education programs both on and off-campus.

Our faculty investigators are among the most productive in the the Larner College of Medicine. Their work spans the spectrum from basic molecular and cellular biology through applied physiology to clinical research, including participation and leadership of pivotal clinical trials.

The department’s research program maintained its strength through challenging economic times by further diversifying our extramural funding beyond the Federal level. Our university and clinical research funding continues to be robust.

Our clinical missions are to deliver the highest quality, tertiary/quaternary care in the various subspecialties of internal medicine to patients in our region, which includes both the state of Vermont and a large portion of northern New York; and to deliver the highest quality primary care to patients in the greater Burlington area.

Polly E. Parsons, M.D.
E.L. Amidon Professor & Chair

Location & Facilities

Located in Burlington, the University of Vermont and teaching hospital partner The University of Vermont Medical Center serve as Vermont’s academic medical center. Burlington is a vibrant community located on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. With year-round recreational opportunities, safe communities and excellent schools, this progressive community has been frequently cited as one of the most livable cities in the United States. Learn more about living in Burlington.

Our Contributions

  • First Inpatient Electronic Record: Dr. Larry Weed
  • Home of S.O.A.P.: the Problem Oriented Medical Record and Problem Oriented System
  • Part of the team that established CRP as a cardiovascular risk factor
  • First regional, multi-institutional, laboratory-based registry of diabetes patients
  • Oldest primary care track IM Residency program
  • First description of a role of histamine receptors in autoimmunity
  • First description of impaired myocardial calcium transport in human heart failure
  • Demonstrated first decrease in mortality from CHD in the country as a result of the institution of statewide CCU's.

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Spring - 2019 Newsletter



Annual Reports

Department of Medicine Annual Report 2017-2018


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Department of Medicine Annual Report 2016-2017

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty who were promoted

effective July 1, 2018:

Dr. Varun Agrawal, to Associate Professor

Dr. Jason Botten, to Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Ryan Clouser, to Associate Professor

Dr. Kim Dittus, to Associate Professor

Dr. Garth Garrison, to Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Huston, to Professor, Tenured

Dr. Friederike Keating, to Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Spees, to Professor, Tenured  


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