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Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine

Each year since 2016, SGIM has sponsored a Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine Program (DPHM) at its annual meeting. Invited professors are nationally recognized in the field of Hospital Medicine; past Distinguished Professors have shared their expertise in medical education, health services research, and hospital medicine outcomes research with members of SGIM at the National Meeting through a plenary address and a moderated oral abstract session.  The intent of the DPHM program is to facilitates career development of SGIM members in the fields of hospital and general internal medicine in terms of education, research, and clinical practice. 

2017 Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine 

Luci K. Leykum, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.c.


Luci Leykum is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General and Hospital Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  She is also a Clinician-Investigator in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Dr. Leykum attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, earning a joint MD/MBA in 1999.  She completed residency training at the Columbia University Medical Center, joining the Columbia faculty in 2002.  In 2004, she returned to San Antonio. 

Dr. Leykum has served in a number of administrative positions, including Assistant Chair of the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.  Her research has focused on the application of complexity science to clinical systems. She has received federal, state, and foundation funding, and her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She teaches on the Inpatient Medicine and Medicine Consult / Co-Management Services, and Co-Directs three student electives on healthcare reimbursement and policy.


Dr. Leykum is a former Chair of the Research Committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine and currently serves on the Research and Academic Committees.  She is a former Co-Chair of the Academic Hospitalist Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine and serves on the Academic Hospitalist Task Force and Development Committee.  She is a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Past Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine

2016 - Dan P. Hunt, M.D.