Chair's Welcome

Dr. Curtis Galke I’d like to personally thank you for your interest in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Established as one of the initial departments at the UTRGV School of Medicine in 2015 we are a diverse, vibrant department actively engaged in educating the next generation of physicians, advancing innovative research and providing high quality, evidence-based medicine to our local communities.

Our educational mission is multi-faceted. We promote the specialty of Family Medicine by giving medical students exposure to inpatient as well as outpatient family medicine settings with dynamic faculty during required clinical clerkships and several primary care electives. Our graduate medical education mission focuses on the training of 54 family medicine residents in three different ACGME accredited programs scattered across the several counties of south Texas. The department also is home to robust Sports Medicine fellowship providing education and medical support to high school, colligate as well as professional sports teams.

Our clinical mission is to address the most significant health disparities that exist anywhere in the United States by providing access to high quality, evidence-based health care to a patient population that carries a heavy disease burden but has limited access to medical insurance or adequate financial resources. A bedrock tenet of our department is the commitment to behavioral health as it relates to the overall health of the individual. We extend our clinical influence outside of the traditional clinic sites into local communities or “colonias” taking continuity health care directly to the patients in need. We feel that promoting prevention is a critical first step in developing healthy communities.

The division of Behavioral Health is leading an effort to integrate behavioral health into the primary care setting using embedded Behavioral Health Consultants and has been the recipient of multi-million dollars grants to further this important work.

The division of Research is committed to the advancement of quantitative and qualitative research across the department in developing treatments and processes that will benefit patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. The division supports collaborative research efforts across other colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. Each spring the division of Research hosts a research symposium spotlighting the outstanding contributions made to quality improvement and research throughout the department.

We would be pleased to answer any questions you might have as you get to know us.

Curtis L. Galke, DO, FAAFP
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Family Medicine