Family MedicineOur Mission is to provide community-focused medical education and evidence-based, patient centered care, to improve health in rural southern Appalachia, especially among the under-served population, to model compassionate and efficient care using effective communication skills, and to advance scholarly investigation. We lead through excellence, collaboration and innovation.Internal Medicine The faculty includes clinicians in General Internal Medicine and eleven sub-specialties: Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine, and Rheumatology. The Department of Medicine is devoted to the pursuit of excellence in providing care to the patients in our community and the region. The faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine work together as a group ensuring coordinated and appropriate medical attention to each patient. We invite you to browse our website and discover what the Department of Internal Medicine is all about. We encourage you to contact us with questions or comments.MicrobiologyMicrobiology and Immunology continue to be incredibly exciting scientific disciplines! The explosion of new technology has provided intriguing new insights into pathogen-host interactions and the corresponding innate and acquired immune responses that inspire wonder in investigators. The exquisite biochemical sensing abilities of microbes to know their location in the human body and to be able to navigate to their preferred niche while fencing with immune effectors is fascinating. Despite the frustrations of information overload and how to deal with it, it is a fun time to be a scientist! Importantly, we have newer tools with which to design our experiments such that we can better answer the questions we are asking and ultimately translate the knowledge to more effective patient care. Oftentimes it requires we have the courage to take the path less traveled.