General Medicine 

John Sealy

Welcome General Medicine

Welcome to the home page of the Division of General Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Our team is the Academic General Medicine practice for the UTMB Health System, and as such, we strive to excel in patient care, education , discovery and service.

Our goals are:

  • Provide evidence based and compassionate patient centered care that focuses on chronic disease management and preventative medicine.
  • Be the leading teachers in patient care and quality improvement for the next generation of physicians in classroom, in-patient and ambulatory settings;

Cultivate an environment that  nurtures and rewards lifelong learning, collaboration with our colleagues, and attainment of our maximum potential.


The Division of General Medicine has a unique approach to patient care.  Our physicians and nurse practitioners are assigned to one of three patient care teams, creating three smaller group practices.  The teams are named after our some of our legendary Internal Medicine physician faculty who excelled in patient care and medical education (Daniels, Powell, and Remmers).  Our Internal Medicine Residents are also assigned to one of the teams for the duration of their training.  Patients are lifelong members of one of the three teams and see the same set of physicians and residents, both on the inpatient side and on the outpatient side.  For example, a Daniels team patient will be taken care of by Daniels team in the hospital and follow up with the Daniels team in the outpatient clinic.   This approach allows us to personalize care by having patients assigned to smaller groups of providers who come to know the patients in detail.  Conversely, patients identify with their team, and know that they will be seeing familiar faces in both the hospital and clinics.

Our faculty and staff, in conjunction with the UTMB Internal Medicine Residency Program, provides patient care at various locations across the UTMB Health System.  Our main outpatient clinics are located at the Primary Care Pavilion located at 400 Harborside Drive.  We also provide care on the mainland at our League City location inside the Multispecialty Center located at 2660 Gulf Freeway South. 

Regarding inpatient care, we serve as the “hospitalists” for the general medicine patients admitted to Jennie Sealy Hospital and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital Galveston.  In addition to primary hospital care, we provide internal medicine consultation to various specialty services throughout the hospital.


The Division of General Medicine is proud to be a robust educational partner with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.  We are the primary clinical teaching service for the School of Medicine clerkships for general inpatient and outpatient medicine.  In addition to bedside teaching, many of our faculty are involved with the School of Medicine’s Problem Based Learning and Practice of Medicine curriculum and serve as instructors and mentors for medical students.  Dr. Bernard Karnath and Dr. Norman Farr are heavily involved with undergraduate medical education and keep us engaged with the medical students.  Our nurse practitioners serve as mentors for advance practice nurses in training from the School of Nursing. 

We also serve as the primary teaching service for the Internal Medicine Residency program.  Our Chief Residents have dual appointments as Chief Residents and as Faculty members of the Division.  Drs. Sonstein and Qureshi are the Program Director and Assistant Program Director, respectively. In addition, our faculty are frequently asked to participate in peer education, from local to international conferences.  We are committed to providing an enjoyable and engaging educational program for all learners.


As of May 2021, we have open positions in each of three tracks, Academic Generalist (Hybird), Academic Outpatient, and Academic Hospitalist. All positions are Open Rank. 

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who are willing to establish or continue their careers as a faculty member in the Division of General Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston, Texas. We seek candidates willing to excel in teaching, scholarship, clinical care, and service.

The Academic Generalist Position is based on the traditional model of inpatient service attending with and outpatient clinic.  In general, our faculty spend six two-week blocks on inpatient service per year (12 weeks). Inpatient services are staffed by the Attending Physician, Residents, and several medical students.  While on inpatient, there are no outpatient duties.  During outpatient weeks, the faculty are responsible for 8 sessions of clinic per week (3 Resident Preceptor clinics and 5 private clinics) Each session is a half day.

The Academic Outpatient Position is based on a model of 9 sessions of private clinic per week plus one session of administrative/academic time, with no inpatient or weekend call duties. The Outpatient faculty will assist in the education of medical students who rotate through the private faculty clinics. Medical students are assigned to work with faculty at 2-3 sessions per week.

For the Academic Hospitalist Service, we are planning on starting a Direct Patient Care Service in the Spring 2022. At this time we envision the duties to include a direct patient care component and also a surgical co-management service. We hope to include learners and such as students and residents in the future, once a sustainable program has been established. As of Fall 2021, we are still finalizing plans as to the particulars of the program and will update interested candidates as details become available.

For the Academic Generalist (Hybird) track, we have as unique team-based approach to care.  Faculty, along with housestaff, are assigned to one of three teams and patient care is kept within each team, in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Outpatient Afterhours call is shared among all faculty, with a nurse triage line being the first point of contact.  Afterhours call for the faculty occurs approximately two to three times a year for a week at a time. Further reductions in clinical effort are based on teaching and service obligations to the School of Medicine and UTMB Health. 

The qualified candidate will be Board Certified / Board Eligible in Internal Medicine and completed residency in an approved ACGME program or equivalent.  Assistant Professor starting salary is commensurate with experience. Applicant must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or eligible for H1 Visa; We are unable to sponsor J1 Visas at this time.

Sunil K. Sahai, MD FAAP, FACP
Sunil K. Sahai, MD FAAP, FACP
Professor and Division Chief
Division of General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine