Dr. Michael Lichtenstein is a primary care Geriatrician and Professor of Medicine. Beginning in 2016, he refocused his career on service to his patients and working within the UT Medicine Primary Care Center.
Previously, Dr. Lichtenstein served as the Chief for the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine from 2008–2016. As Division Chief, Dr. Lichtenstein continued his long term commitment to faculty development and research education, making it a priority to work with faculty to become successful academicians in their roles as clinicians, educators, and investigators.
Establishing successful sustainable research and science education programs was one of Dr. Lichtenstein’s main career focus. He coordinated the development of the Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree program at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at San Antonio and served as it’s director from 2000–2015. The MSCI program, established in 2000 with a K30 award, continues through our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). During Dr. Lichtenstein’s tenure, 121 professionals from diverse backgrounds and multiple disciplines have earned the MSCI degree—of these 54% are women and 26% are from minorities underrepresented in science.
Dr. Lichtenstein served as the co-Principal Investigator from 2008–2015 for San Antonio’s Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS), the academic home for our NIH-funded CTSA. Within the IIMS he was responsible for Research Education, Training, and Career Development and lead the Office of Research Education and Mentoring (OREM). Since 2008, Dr. Lichtenstein and his colleagues successfully launched (1) a CTSA KL2 program, (2) Translational Science Training for graduate students (supported by a grant from the UT System) that resulted in creation of a new Certificate Program and a new CTSA TL1 pre-doctoral program, (3) an academy for public school science teachers (supported by the Voelcker Fund), and (4) a new joint Translational Science PhD program, an active collaboration among four components of the University of Texas System.
Dr. Lichtenstein served as a member of and chair for the NIA-C Clinical Aging Review Committee (2003–2015, chair, 2013–2015) and gained insights into the requirements to successfully compete for mentored career development awards at the NIH level. In 2011–2012 he served as the Association for Clinical Research Training President; from 2014–2015 he served as President for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science. These roles all document his long term commitment to improve the quality of clinical and translational research education and faculty development.
Associated SEPA Project(s)
Positively Aging: Maximizing the Healthspan
R25RR025122 : 09/15/2009 - 07/01/2014
Positively Aging: Optimizing Mobility Across the Lifespan
R25RR018549 : 09/29/2003 - 08/31/2008
Positively Aging — Phase I and II Application
R25RR012369 : 08/08/1997 - 07/31/2003
Empowering K–12 STEM Teachers through a Bioscience Academy
R25GM129182 : 07/01/2016 - 03/31/2021