Welcome

Welcome to the Division of Research for the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.  Family and Community Medicine is a learning community with a robust infrastructure and key partnerships to design, implement, and evaluate innovations in Primary Care and community Health.  We are excited to share our research with you and look forward and look forward to future collaborations.

Best,

Robert L. Ferrer, MD MPH
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Dr. John M. Smith Professorship in Family Practice

Inez I. Cruz, PhD, LMSW
Director, Research Operations
Director, Residency Research Network of Texas

For more information please contact use at 210-358-3200; Fax: 210-223-6940.

Research Mission

To improve the health of our patients and our community through developing innovative, high quality and evaluative research.

Research Vision

Family & Community Medicine is a learning community with a robust infrastructure and key partnerships to design, implement, and evaluate innovations in primary care and community health.

Research TEA

Research TEA is an informal opportunity to share ideas, develop projects, receive feedback on manuscripts and/or socialize with other Family Medicine Researchers. We meet every 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4pm-5pm. All faculty, staff and students welcome. Contact us to be added to our email list.

Core Research Areas

Core research areas for the Department of Family and Community Medicine continue to grow and evolve.  Currently, our faculty and staff focus on the following research areas:

  • Chronic Illnesses predominantly Diabetes
  • Chronic Pain
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health and Disease Prevention
  • Health Services Research
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Interpersonal Violence (IPV)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Obesity
  • Obstetric outcomes
  • Practice Based Research Networks 
  • Practice Improvement
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT)
  • Workforce Development

Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT)

The Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT) is administered by faculty in the Department of Family & Community Medicine.  RRNeT is a group of family medicine residency programs across the state of Texas including training programs in South Texas (Corpus Christi, Harlingen, McAllen) Central Texas (Austin, San Antonio), North Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland), West Texas (Lubbock) and East Texas (Bryan).  RRNeT includes about 100 family physician faculty and 300 family medicine residents who see 300,000 outpatient visits each year.

We are always accepting new collaborators.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Cruz or Dr. Andry.