Cardiovascular Medicine



The University of Texas Medical Branch was opened on October 5, 1891 with 23 students and 13 faculty members as the first medical school in the state of Texas. The Ashbel Smith Building or the "Old Red" served as the only classroom and research laboratory space for the university. The "Old Red" is the oldest surviving medical school building west of the Mississippi River. UTMB has since provided people in Texas with outstanding medical care and educated next-generation physicians–the same vision continues 120 years later. The Division of Cardiology was established in the early 1950's within the Department of Internal Medicine. The Division has been led by some prominent academic cardiologists, including Jack Wallace, M.D., Marvin W. Kronenberg, M.D., Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.(1992-1999), and Barry Uretsky, M.D.(2000-2006).

The General Cardiovascular Fellowship Program has trained specialists in cardiovascular disease for over forty years and is accredited by the ACGME. The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program began in 2001 and is also accredited by the ACGME. The Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program began in 2005 and is approved by the Texas Medical Board. The advanced Heart Failure Fellowship will be ACGME accredited starting 2014.

George Herrmann Scholar Award - The George R. Herrmann Scholarship is awarded to one first year fellow in the Cardiovascular Fellowship program here at UTMB. The ideal candidate should demonstrate scholarly excellence, compassionate patient care, and clinical excellence and is chosen by the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The individual selected will receive a cash reward to help him/her facilitate his/her educational activities including trips to national meetings.

Best Graduating Fellow Award - The Best Graduating Fellow Award is awarded to one graduating fellow in one of our three fellowship programs here at UTMB Health. The ideal candidate should demonstrate leadership amongst his/her peers and junior fellows, maintain the highest degree of professionalism, demonstrate outstanding clinical care to our patients and support the educational, clinical and research missions of UTMB and the Division of Cardiology. This award is chosen by the faculty of the Division of Cardiology. The individual selected will receive a cash reward to congratulate him/her for their outstanding performance.