Lee Grumbles, MDProfessor, Internal Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program)
(SCHOOL OF MEDICINE)
Dr. Grumbles is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and the Director of Palliative Care Services at She entered medical school at UTMB in 1993, rather late in life at the age of 36 years, after spending about two decades in the practice and teaching of Respiratory Therapy. Upon completion of medical school, she entered a Internal Medicine Residency through UTMB (1997-2000). After practicing Internal Medicine in San Marcos for one year, she was recruited as a faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at UTMB. She has provided consistent role modeling of empathetic and compassionate care to patients during their end of life periods for the last 15 years at UTMB. The primary skill set that makes her practice successful is strong patient-physician communication with a concentration on truth-telling and assisting patients to reframe hope when a terminal or irreversible disease process is diagnosed. Her research interest is concentrated on educational research looking at teaching methods to recognize low empathy in learners and enhance their empathy skill set. Dr. Grumbles was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers in 2008.