Here are some highlights from the history of the Internal Medicine department, one of EVMS's longest-standing departments: 

1973: Eastern Virginia Medical School opens its doors. 

1975: Internal Medicine begins providing comprehensive patient care and superior education to residents and medical students in a warm, family-like atmosphere. 

1987: What is now known as the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center opens.

1995: A gift from Virginia Beach resident Virginia Glennan Ferguson leads to the establishment of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology.

1997: Research scientists at the Strelitz Diabetes Center discover the importance of the INGAP (Islet Neogenesis Associated Protein) gene, which stimulates immature cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. This breakthrough discovery was made under the direction of Dr. Aaron Vinik.

2000: Leon-Paul Georges, MD, is officially named chair of Internal Medicine. He had been interim chairman since 1999 and continued his role as director of the Strelitz Diabetes Center.

2008: EVMS recruits Jerry Nadler, MD, a veteran medical educator, to become Chair of Internal Medicine. Nadler was chairman of the endocrinology and metabolism department at the University of Virginia. 

2011: A gift from Sentara Healthcare supports a $5 million endowment to support the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. 

2015: EVMS opens its first satellite diabetes clinic. The center was funded through a grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation to meet the needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals in Western Tidewater.

2016: Jerry Nadler, MD, an internationally known physician/scientist making potentially game-changing advances in diabetes research, is named Outstanding Scientist in Virginia for 2016. The prestigious award is given annually by the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Nadler was the third EVMS faculty member to be so honored. Previous recipients were Dr. Aaron Vinik (2002) and Dr. Gary Hodgen (1995). 

2020: Researchers at the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center are part of a U.S./Canadian team of investigators that received a $3 million NIH grant to study a potentially revolutionary treatment for diabetic neuropathy.

2021: Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, SFHM, FAHA, inaugural Chair of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, joins EVMS as chair of Internal Medicine. He follows Interim Chair Dr. Robert Palmer. Qayyum is an experienced academic clinician and manager with a passion for studying the genetics of heart disease.