Department of Internal Medicine

Chair’s Welcome

On April 1, 2016 the following divisions, clinics, offices, and practices have joined forces to create the largest Department of Internal Medicine in the midlands:

USC General Internal MedicineSenior Primary Care
Palmetto HeartPalmetto Senior Care
USC CardiologyUSC Rheumatology
USC EndocrinologyMarkowitz and Associates
USC Infectious DiseasesMidlands Internal Medicine
Palmetto Infectious DiseasePalmetto Health Urgent Care
Palmetto PulmonaryThree Rivers Medical Associates
USC Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep MedicineAtrium Ridge
USC Allergy/Immunology1801 Resident’s Clinic
USC DermatologyBaptist Inpatient Medical Associates (BIMA)
Columbia Gastroenterology AssociatesRichland Hospital Internal Medicine (RHIM)
USC GeriatricsParkRidge Hospitalists
Palmetto Health Palliative Care

I am humbled, honored and proud to have been asked to serve as the inaugural chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of the new Palmetto Health USC Medical Group. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and trainees of the Department of Internal Medicine I would like to welcome you to explore our department’s broad array of services and opportunities including clinical care, community service, research, and medical education. Created and selected from the best of two legacy institutions, Palmetto Health and the USC School of Medicine, our more than 150 full-time faculty members, more than 100 mid-level providers and trainees, and more than 500 staff members are dedicated to provide you with all of your internal medicine needs – from an exceptional primary care network, dedicated critical care teams, nationally ranked specialty care providers in more than 10 subspecialties, to state of the art geriatric and end of life care. We are creating a true network where all of our providers will have access to all records of our patients regardless of the clinic or office they are seen in, allowing for seamless care transition.

Medical Education

We are proud of our training programs and our students, residents, and fellows who challenge and allow us to provide better care for the patients we serve every day. Together with our partners at the VA, the Palmetto Health GME office, and affiliated clinics and hospital systems we provide a wide range of medical training programs. Please visit our medical education website to review current training opportunities, which include integrated ultrasound curriculum for medical students and residents.


We will continue to help develop new therapeutic options for a variety of illnesses providing our patients with access to promising new treatment regimens that would otherwise not be available to them.

Helmut Albrecht, MD
Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
University of South Carolina
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Palmetto Health USC Medical Group