Dr. Randall J. Urban is Vice President and Chief Research Officer and Vice Dean for Clinical Research, SOM at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. He is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. 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 2004, Dr. Urban was appointed Chair ad interim of the Department of Internal Medicine and in 2005 was appointed Chair of the Department until September of 2018.
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 expansion of umbilical cord blood stem cells for replacement of key blood products such as granulocyte precursors. He has published over 125 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, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association.