Randall J. Urban, M.D.
Professor, Division of Endocrinology
Randall J. Urban, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Edward Randall and Edward Randall Jr.,
Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Internal Medicine
2240 Gulf Freeway South
League City, TX 77573
Dr. Randall J. Urban is the Edward Randall and Edward Randall, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. Dr. Urban is a native Texan who graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and with honors from Texas A&M Medical School in 1982. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1985 and a two-year fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA in 1987. He was a member of the faculty at UVA from 1987 to 1990 and joined the faculty at UTMB in 1990. He became the Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director in 1992, Chief of the Endocrinology Division in 1998, and Director of the Stark Diabetes Center in 2000. In 2002, Dr. Urban was appointed Chair ad interim of the Department of Internal Medicine and in 2004 was appointed Chair of the Department.
Dr. Urban's research focuses on four major areas; steroidogenesis and polycystic ovarian disease, androgens and skeletal muscle function in older men and women, pituitary dysfunction after traumatic brain injury and umbilical cord blood stem cells for the treatment and cure of diabetes. He also coordinates community outreach programs that partner the Stark Diabetes Center with communities for management and treatment of diabetes. He has published over 75 scientific papers and chapters and is a member of numerous societies including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American College of Physicians (Fellow), the Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association.
The UTMB Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) is dedicated to the training of tomorrow's global health work force to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world. Check out their website for more information on the global health programs and education going on in our department.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.