University of Michigan Medical School Names Raymond L. Yung, M.B., Ch.B, Interim Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine
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Raymond L. Yung, M.B., Ch.B., has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in the U-M Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2023. The provost provided interim approval of his appointment, and it will be reported at the February 2023 board of regents meeting.
Yung is the inaugural Jeffrey B. Halter Professor of Geriatric Medicine, chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, and director of both the Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology. He also has served as associate director of research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and director of the U-M Hartford Center of Excellence. He previously served as interim chief of rheumatology.
Yung graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, and completed fellowships in both rheumatology and geriatric medicine here at the U-M. While exploring the underlying mechanisms for systematic lupus erythematosus, Yung became interested in the role that immune senescence plays in causing autoimmunity in older adults.
Throughout his career at Michigan, Yung’s broad research interests have combined with his deep caring for both the active elderly and the most vulnerable and fragile. He is principal investigator for the longstanding NIH/NIA P30 Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center grant. His research focuses on deciphering the role of early-life nutritional factors in the development of late-life chronic inflammatory diseases through epigenetic mechanisms. His laboratory also is investigating the underpinnings of age-related obesity, a common and growing issue. He is recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the American Federation for Aging Research’s Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar Award.
Outgoing Internal Medicine Chair John M. Carethers, M.D., MACP, is leaving Michigan to become vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of California, San Diego.
About University of Michigan Medical School:
“When the University of Michigan founded its medical school in 1850, it immediately assumed a leadership role in American academic medicine.
We were the first medical school in the United States to recognize the importance of, and to build, a university hospital for physician instruction. We were also a pioneer in the introduction of the modern science-based curriculum, and were among the first schools to change the role of the student from passive observer to active participant in the learning process through high-caliber laboratory instruction and clerkships.
We also enjoy a unique place in the annals of education as one of the very first major medical schools to admit female students and minorities. In the more than 165 years of service to students, these firsts, and many more, have galvanized our reputation as one of the nation’s premier public research-oriented medical schools.
The Medical School was the University's first professional school, and since graduating its first class of six students in 1851 — a group that paid a mere $5 for two years of medical education — we have become a leader in preparing the physicians and scientists of the future.
Our faculty, partnered with a dedicated staff, is committed to creating the future of health care through discovery. This includes offering a medical education that sets the standard for discourse, intellectual rigor and creativity. Throughout our 20 clinical and nine basic science departments, we are committed to a single mission:
“To transform health through bold and innovative education, discovery, and service.”
We graduate approximately 170 physicians annually, strengthening a body of UMMS alumni more than 20,000 strong. Our alumni include Nobel Prize winners, including Marshall Nirenberg (Ph.D. 1957), who won the 1968 prize in physiology or medicine for his work on the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis; and Stanley Cohen (Ph.D. 1948), who received the honor in 1986 for discoveries leading to the understanding of mechanisms that regulate cell and organ growth.
Former U.S. Army Surgeon General Eric B. Schoomaker (M.D. 1975) is a Medical School alumnus, as are several leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and faculty who occupy top posts at the best educational and research institutions around the world. In fact, we rank second nationally in the number of alumni who have gone forth to become productive faculty members at academic institutions across the country.
During their time here, our students have access to unparalleled research opportunities. The U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our Medical School among the top research schools nationally. Our scientists seek understanding of the origins of illness and disease, and they work hard in all facets of science to move forward in ways that improve quality of life.
That’s why organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) heartily support our work. Each year, almost 70 percent of the University’s total NIH funding — and nearly half of all sponsored activity — is awarded to the Medical School.
Many research awards are made to support investigation in the basic sciences — one of our strengths. Our basic science researchers study the most fundamental elements of life — what makes a cell divide and conquer, the makeup of genes, the mysteries of DNA, and so much more — to advance existing scientific knowledge.
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Across the four-year curriculum, nearly half of our students engage in global activities through programs such as Global REACH, and many other opportunities exist for our students to learn and serve around the world.
Students also play a key role in the third arm of our tripartite mission — excellence in patient care. Our Medical Group includes nearly 1,800 U-M faculty physicians who care for patients at three U-M hospitals, 40 U-M health centers and other facilities throughout the state of Michigan. It is in these same facilities that our students will take their education from learning to practicing.
In more than 160 years of service to the University, State of Michigan, and the world, we have known how to put patients first, when to push the boundaries of science and medicine, how to design successful curricula, and how to reward our faculty, students and staff for their everyday excellence.”
About Raymond L. Yung, M.B., Ch.B:
Dr. Yung received his medical degree from the University of Liverpool, England. He completed an internal medicine residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, and fellowship training in rheumatology (1994) and geriatric medicine (1996) at the University of Michigan. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Rheumatology. Dr. Yung speaks English and Cantonese Chinese, and his special clinical interests include the management of arthritis in older adults. He is the editor of two textbooks, including Geriatric Rheumatology A Comprehensive Approach. He is a recipient of the NIH Individual National Research Service Award (1994-1996) and Clinical Investigator Award (1997-2002), and the Paul Beeson Physical Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award (1998-2001). In addition, he has received the American College of Rheumatology Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award (1994). He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1994. His research interest focuses on the gene-environment interaction in chronic inflammation in aging. He is currently funded by the NIH in his research effort on the effects of early life nutrition on late-life inflammatory disease development. Dr. Yung was named chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, director of the Institute of Gerontology, and co-director of the Geriatrics Center in 2011. He is also the Associate Director of Research at the VA Ann Arbor Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.