UC Irvine’s Department of Medicine is a dynamic, multispecialty group of highly engaged physicians and researchers who work at the leading edge of medical discovery and education in order to provide the best and most comprehensive patient care.
With more than 230 full-time faculty and 160 interns, residents and fellows,
the department is the largest within the university’s School of Medicine,
which is ranked among the top 50 U.S. medical schools by U.S. News & World
Report. They work alongside UC Irvine’s Nobel laureates and members of the
National Academies of Sciences, whose scientific research and discoveries
have produced new technologies and therapies that have vastly improved healthcare.
Our “home” hospital is UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County's only university hospital and Level I trauma center. Many of our physicians and researchers are affiliated with the medical center’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 in the country to earn the National Cancer Institute’s designation for excellence.
The medical center also is one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, according to U.S. News
& World Report, and is one of 50 to make the list of “Leapfrog Top Hospitals” for quality
and safety. More than a dozen department faculty members regularly are named “Best Doctors in America®” in comprehensive surveys of their peers.
The Department of Medicine is comprised of 11 divisions and operates a comprehensive undergraduate medical education curriculum, an internal medicine residency program, prestigious fellowships and clinical programs across a wide range of internal medicine subspecialties.
Our physicians have created leading-edge models of clinical care and multi-specialty programs in cardiovascular medicine and integrative digestive diseases. Others are nationally recognized experts in endocrinology, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, infectious diseases, interventional pulmonary medicine, nephrology, rheumatology,
and occupational and environmental health.
The physician-scientists in the Division of Hematology/Oncology lead the cancer center. The faculty members of the Division of Basic and Clinical Immunology have established the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiency, one of only 50 clinics in the world devoted to the diagnosis and care of people born with compromised immune systems.
We also are establishing endowed chairs in immunodeficiency, gastrointestinal oncology and for the Department of Medicine as a whole to advance scientific research, education and clinical care in these important areas.
The Department of Medicine offers the university’s medical students a stimulating and challenging educational experience. We also sponsor rigorous and fully accredited residency training in internal medicine and a range of subspecialty fellowship programs. The department also offers continuing medical education for practicing physicians in Orange County and the surrounding area.
Clinical training takes place at UC Irvine Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente facilities. Residents and fellows also work at ambulatory care practices on the university campus in Irvine campus and at the medical center in Orange, as well as at community-based teaching sites. Our comprehensive training programs offer our residents and fellows exposure to diverse clinical environments as well as patients of all ages and walks of life.
The Department of Medicine’s faculty members have hundreds of active, well-funded research protocols that provide our residents and fellows with extensive opportunities for research in broad-based basic science, clinical studies and health policy. The department has attracted more than $43 million in grants to support clinical studies, translational and biomedical research, behavioral studies and the training programs for future innovators. More than two-thirds of our research dollars come from the National Institutes of Health and other governmental sources.
The department also has been recognized for its rigorous evaluation processes by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We are proud that our residents pass their boards and receive accreditation at a rate exceeding 98 percent. Of the 70 percent of our residents who seek further specialized training, nearly all win highly competitive fellowship programs at UC Irvine and many of the most prominent teaching hospitals across the United States.
At UC Irvine’s Department of Medicine, we are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality, comprehensive patient care and the highest standards of research and physician training throughout our many divisions and programs.