Faculty Affairs

Richard Simon, MD
Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs

"I was hired in 1981. In that time, our department and our faculty have grown to be almost 10 times larger. The Department of Internal Medicine has always been committed to balancing its major missions of education, patient care and research. It continues to foster and preserve this balance throughout time. Very few institutions can claim this. This has a lot to do with our longstanding tradition of excellence and the dedication of our faculty." - Dr. Richard Simon

The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to creating and supporting the academic careers of nearly 850 faculty members. To navigate our appointment and promotions processes, we provide mentoring, set clear goals, and provide assistance and resources to support faculty development.  


Our faculty are “redefining leadership” in the field of medicine in many different ways and they are regularly recognized for it. Some highlights from 2019 include:

  • Elif Oral, MD, MS (Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes) was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
  • William Herman, MD, MPH (Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes) was inducted into the Association of American Physicians.
  • John Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF (Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) received the Julius Friedenwald Medal, the American Gastroenterological Association's highest honor, for his incredible contributions to the field of gastroenterology and AGA over several decades. The Julius Friedenwald Medal, presented annually since 1941, recognizes a physician for lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology.
  • Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH (Division of Hospital Medicine) and Eve Kerr, MD, MPH (Division of General Medicine) were elected as Masters of the American College of Physicians.

Faculty Promotions

Our promotion and tenure process occurs on an annual cycle. The promotions committee advises the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine on granting promotions and tenure to eligible faculty members. Specific criteria has been developed by the committee to assist faculty members in attaining their goal of promotion and tenure. As you can see below, our annual number of promotions reflects the high level of academic achievement of our faculty and the recognition they receive for it.  

Annual Number of Promotions

  • 2019 - 51 promotions
  • 2018 - 50 promotions
  • 2017 - 58 promotions
  • 2016 - 48 promotions
  • 2015 - 40 promotions
  • 2014 - 39 promotions
  • 2013 - 61 promotions

Faculty Growth

The total number of faculty has steadily increased over the last several years. The chart below breaks down that growth by year and by faculty type.

Number of faculty members by track and year

Veterans Affairs

There are currently 163 internal medicine faculty holding VA appointments with 8 new hires in 2017. Learn more.

Leadership Development 

The U-M Medical School and Michigan Medicine Human Resources have partnered together to offer the Leadership Academy which focuses on the development of Michigan Medicine and College of Engineering leaders. The mission of the Academy is to accelerate the development of leaders so that they can reach higher levels of success and produce better results for Michigan Medicine. To date, 76 faculty and staff from the Department of Internal Medicine have completed the program. The Medical School also offers the Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program, an intensive 18-month leadership development program designed to accelerate the development of women for senior positions in academic medicine and healthcare. There have been five program scholars from the Department of Internal Medicine who have participated in the program since its inception. Our scholars represent both administration and faculty, and come from various divisions.

Recruitment Efforts

The recruitment and retention of a diverse  faculty continues to be a priority of the Department of Internal Medicine. We are working with several initiatives that develop strategies to recruit the best faculty candidates from all demographic groups.

One of them is the Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) offered through the university’s ADVANCE Program. STRIDE provides information and advice about practices that will maximize the likelihood that diverse, well-qualified candidates for faculty positions will be identified, and, if selected for offers, are recruited, retained, and promoted at the University of Michigan. Originally designed for use in faculty recruitment, our department has also begun using these practices during the resident and fellow selection process as well.

Leaders Among Us

The Department of Internal Medicine is home to two appointed leaders of the University and Michigan Medicine. Mark S. Schlissel, MD, PhD, a physician scientist and immunologist, became president of the University in July 2014, holding dual appointments in the Rheumatology Division of Internal Medicine and in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD, became the new Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan in March 2015 and was later appointed Dean of the U-M Medical School in January 2016. He also has an appointment in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.