The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is led by its chair, of more than 20 years, Dr. Barbara L. Thompson. 

Our faculty and resident physicians provide medical care to Galveston County residents through its three clinics, located on the UTMB Galveston campus, on the western end of Galveston Island, and in Dickinson, Texas, and through its inpatient service at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Read more...

Family Medicine News

  • Local Shelter Honors UTMB Faculty at Annual Gala

    September 23, 2021, 14:05 PM by Cassi Boatwright

    This year the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS) will be honoring Barbara Thompson, MD, Professor and Chair of the UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine, and Joan Richardson, MD, Professor and Chair of the UTMB Health Department of Pediatrics.

  • TAFP Recognizes UTMB FMIG 5th Year in a Row

    September 22, 2021, 16:20 PM by Cassi Boatwright

    The Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) has recognized the UTMB Health Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) with their Award of Excellence 2021 for the 5th consecutive year.

  • Billings Recognized as Physician of the Year

    September 10, 2021, 12:17 PM by Julia Essex

    The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to congratulate UTMB Health School of Medicine (SOM) alumnus Adrian Billings, MD, PhD on being named Family Physician of the Year by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP).

  • Dimple Desai - The Lambda Factor Author

    The Lambda Factor written by UTMB Alumnus

    August 26, 2021, 16:26 PM by Cassi Boatwright

    We are excited to announce that a UTMB Health Family Medicine Residency Program alumnus, Dr. Dimple Desai has been in the news lately for her recently published medical thriller, The Lambda Factor.

  • FMIG Wins AAFP Award Again!

    August 20, 2021, 00:00 AM by Cassi Boatwright

    Congratulations to the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) on being named a 2021 Overall Award Winner in the AAFP Program of Excellence Awards.

Family Medicine Events

  • PCP at the PCP

    , 2021 - -

    The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is hosting its Annual Primary Care Procedures event on Thursday, October 27, 2021. Due to COVID-19 institutional protocol, this event will be virtual again this year.


Medical Student Education Program

Family medicine offers courses for undergraduate medical students throughout all four years of the medical curriculum. Family Medicine faculty also serve as examiners in the fourth-year Integrative Curriculum Evaluation Exercise (ICEE), as advisors for both individual students and for student groups, and on various course committees. Read more...

Residency Training Program

The UTMB Health Family Medicine Residency Program was one of the first family medicine residency programs in the state of Texas, and has trained more than 350 physicians since accepting its first residents in 1971. For nearly 50 years, our mission has been to educate physicians to the highest standards of medical practice. Read more...

Research Program

Research in the Department of Family Medicine focuses on four broad research areas that reflect the interests of the faculty and principles of Family Medicine. Read more...

Faculty demonstrate procedures during hands-on workshop.
Residents train for in-clinic sonogram procedures
Stacy Leung and KJ Kenneth Nwosa  at the AMSSM Conference 2019