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John M. Carethers, M.D.
John G. Searle Professor and
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Message From Our Chair

Chair’s Corner – September 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Friends:

For those of you who could not attend my annual “State of the Department” address in early September, this issue of the Connection highlights several of the aspects that I presented regarding our outstanding faculty, their achievements, as well as many of the accomplished initiatives that we set out to do during the year. Our Department has grown to 712 paid faculty, and 926 total faculty. We interact on the clinical side of our operation with a challenging EMR, and have extended our practice to Northville, visually and operationally improved our site at Taubman, and appointed a new Associate Chair for Quality and Innovation to address our growing and required initiatives in providing quality. We will engage in even bigger plans this year with implementing several recommendations to improve our primary care and diabetes practices, plan and eventually operate a novel Medical Short Stay Unit, and through our Health System may own and operate an additional hospital. The research ideas and capabilities of our faculty are second to none, with several novel new awards from NIH and PCORI mechanisms. Our education approaches are highly recognized and ranked. We all need to take pride in what each and every one of us has accomplished, and continue to strive to be the department that “other departments of Internal Medicine strive to follow”. We will continue to set the lead for the country.

Later this year I will hit my 5th year anniversary as Chair, and in just over 2 years, our institution will hit its 200th anniversary. Certainly for the bicentennial, Michigan has been at the forefront of transforming medicine, and in my 5 years, we have only been a small part of this. For our bicentennial, we plan to have some interactive events that will culminate in celebration in 2017. I know that you will be a critical part of this as we plan for that historic date.


John M. Carethers, M.D.
John G. Searle Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine