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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

UTMB Family Medicine Welcomes New Department Chair

October 14, 2021, 16:43 PM by Cassi Boatwright

The UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine is pleased to welcome to Kendall M. Campbell, MD, FAAFP. Dr. Campbell will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor and Chair on Friday, October 15, 2021.

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).

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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...



Faculty demonstrate procedures during hands-on workshop.

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...



Residents train for in-clinic sonogram procedures

Research Program

Research in the UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine focuses on four broad research areas that reflect the interests of the faculty and principles of Family Medicine. Each year, one of the family medicine residency programs in the area hosts a  Regional Family Medicine Research Symposium, with presentations by residents and fellows from the Galveston-Houston area family medicine residency programs. Read more...


Stacy Leung and KJ Kenneth Nwosa  at the AMSSM Conference 2019