Director's Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the MD-PhD Combined Degree Program at UTMB.

Lawrence SowersThis is a special time in the history of medicine and biomedical research. The explosion of knowledge in the biomedical sciences has created a gap between the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of disease and the ability to apply that knowledge in a practical way to benefit patients. The central challenge of the next generation of physician-scientists will be to bridge this gap. There is no one better trained and equipped for this task than the graduates of an MD-PhD Combined Degree Program such as the one at UTMB. 

The UTMB Program is specifically designed to provide you with the scientific training and clinical experiences necessary for success in your future professional endeavors. The collaborative research atmosphere and emphasis on excellence in patient care at UTMB provides a rich environment for the development of outstanding physician-scientists. The carefully designed and highly integrated curriculum of our seven-year MD-PhD Program will prepare you for a fulfilling and exciting career of exploration, scientific discovery, and compassionate involvement in the lives of your patients.

I hope you will enjoy getting to know our program better by exploring the following pages.


Lawrence C. Sowers, Ph.D.

Director, MD-PhD Combined Degree Program
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD-PhD Combined Degree Studies in Honor of Dr. Truman G. Blocker
Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Director, Cancer Center Research Programs
Fellow, John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Cancer Biology

                 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