ad interim Director's Welcome

Dr. Jose BarralWelcome to the MD-PhD Combined Degree Program at UTMB.  The program has been training physician-scientists since 1983. This training program utilizes an integrated educational approach that optimizes elements of medical school and graduate school curriculums to provide an outstanding training experience. Our training prepares students to excel in patient care and their research discipline of choice but, most importantly, to identify and bridge gaps between these to advance health care.

 We invite you to navigate through these pages, to find out more about how the MD-PhD Combined Degree Curriculum takes advantage of the outstanding resources provided by our School of Medicine (the first medical school in Texas, founded in 1891), our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (home of PhD Programs in disciplines as diverse as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Population Health Sciences and Medical Humanities), and the many Institutes and Centers housed at UTMB (including the Aerospace Medicine Center, the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, the Center for Addiction Research and the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics, among many others).


José M. Barral, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor
Dr. Leon Bromberg Professor for Excellence in Teaching
Professor and Vice-Chair for Operations, Neuroscience & Cell Biology
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
MD-PhD Combined Degree Program Director, ad interim
The University of Texas Medical Branch

                 News & Events                    
The UTMB MD-PhD Combined Degree Program, in conjunction with the UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences, will be hosting the South Regional American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) Conference on January 28, 2017. This is a free, daylong event with two keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a poster session, and an oral presentation session. Please see the "News and Events" tab for more information.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Senior AOA MD-PhD Awardees!

  • Kevin Bieri
  • Heather Smith
  • Viktoria Topper
  • Jay Truitt

Senior AOA awardees are in the top 25% of the 2017 Class and have demonstrated excellence in academics, research, and high moral character. Membership in AOA is one of the most significant honors that can be awarded to a medical student.

The MD-PhD student awardees are enrolled in the UTMB/UT-Austin MD-PhD Program.

Muayad Almahariq - Radiation Oncology
Eric Carlsen - Pathology
Latham Fink - Psychiatry
Aaron Gray - Orthopedics
Dianne Lou - Anesthesiology
Paul Nicholls - Internal Medicine
Rimma Osipov - Internal Medicine
Rachel Pearson - Pediatrics