Congratulations to the below MD/PhD students who received 2013 Graduate School Scholarship Awards!

  • Muayad Almahariq - Ann and John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship
  • Alyssa Baker - Margaret Saunders Travel Award and the James E. Beall II Memorial Scholarship
  • Eric Carlsen - Arthur V. Simmang Academic Scholarship and the John Stanton Scholarship
  • Latham Fink - Dennis Bowman Memorial Scholarship and the Michael Tacheeni Scott Endowed Scholarship
  • Eric Fitts - Stephen C. Silverthorne Memorial Scholarship
  • Aaron Gray - James A. Hokanson, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship
  • Talha Ijaz - Bohdan Nechay Tuition Scholarship
  • Rimma Osipov - Shirley and Albert E. Sanders, M.D. Presidential Scholarship
  • Rachel Pearson - Robert Harrison, M.D. Memorial M.D./Ph.D. Scholarship and the Dr. David C. Eiland, Jr. Scholarship Award in Health Care and Humanities
  • Ben Satterfield - Betty Williams, Ph.D. Tuition Scholarship


  • MD/PhD student, Clement Sun, recently had a first author paper accepted by the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The paper is entitled "Helping patients make choices about breast reconstruction: A decision analysis approach." Clement's mentor is Dr. Mia K. Markey, associate professor in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.


  • Congratulations to UTMB/UT-Austin student Chris Kluwe who successfully completed his dissertation this term in Austin under the guidance of Drs. Andy Ellington and George Georgiou. His dissertation was entitled, "Advancing High-Throughput Antibody Discovery and Engineering." He is currently pursuing clerkship training in Galveston where he looks to maintain active research interests in immunology and oncology.


Welcome - From the Director

Lawrence C. Sowers, Ph.D.Thank you for your interest in the MD-PhD Combined Degree Program at UTMB.

This is a special time in the history of medicine and biomedical research. The explosion of knowledge in the biomedical sciences has created a gap between the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of disease and the ability to apply that knowledge in a practical way to benefit patients. The central challenge of the next generation of physician-scientists will be to bridge this gap. There is no one better trained and equipped for this task than the graduates of an MD-PhD Combined Degree Program such as the one at UTMB.

The UTMB Program is specifically designed to provide you with the scientific training and clinical experiences necessary for success in your future professional endeavors. The collaborative research atmosphere and emphasis on excellence in patient care at UTMB provides a rich environment for the development of outstanding physician-scientists. The carefully designed and highly integrated curriculum of our seven-year MD-PhD Program will prepare you for a fulfilling and exciting career of exploration, scientific discovery, and compassionate involvement in the lives of your patients.

I hope you will enjoy getting to know our program better by exploring the following pages.


Lawrence C. Sowers, Ph.D.

Lawrence C. Sowers, Ph.D.

Director, MD/PhD Combined Degree Program
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD/PhD Combined Degree Studies in Honor of Dr. Truman G. Blocker
Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine