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Randall J. Urban, M.D.
Professor & Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Randall J. Urban, M.D.

Randall J. Urban, M.D.
Professor & Chair
Edward Randall and Edward Randall Jr.,
  Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas 77555-0569
Phone: 409.772.1176
Fax: 409.772.8762
Email: General.Medicine@utmb.edu


Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
B.S. 1978 Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
M.D. 1982 Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Residency 1985 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Fellowship 1987 University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA


Dr. Urban is a native Texan, born in Victoria, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He attended Texas A&M Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He trained in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Urban came to UTMB as an Assistant Professor in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1998. He served as the Endocrinology Fellowship Director from 1992-2004 and the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology from 1998-2006. In 2000, he founded the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Diabetes Center, served as its Director and held the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. In his current position he is the Edward Randall and Edward Randall, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Urban is a Fellow, American College of Physicians and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha, the Endocrine Society and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He has received the NIH Clinical Associate Physician Award and has served on NIH Study Sections.

Dr. Urban has more than 93 peer-review publications. He has four major research interests funded by NIH and foundations such as the McCoy Foundation and Moody Endowment. The projects include studying umbilical cord blood stem cells as a cure for type 1 diabetes, determining the causes of the loss of muscle mass with aging and illness, traumatic brain injury and hormone imbalance, and the mechanisms causing menstrual problems in reproductive age women.

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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
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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