Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program


Dr. Lee Merchen was appointed Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency in 2013. She previously served as an Associate Program Director for six years and Chief of General Internal Medicine for the past four years. She is a graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati. Her chief resident position at Cincinnati cemented her desire to pursue academic medicine and medical education. She held her first faculty position in Spokane, Washington, where she was the outpatient practice clinic director and was chosen as attending of the year several times. At Augusta University, Dr. Merchen practices in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, with a dedicated faculty practice of patients she enjoys very much. She was awarded outstanding young faculty, attending of the year, and she was honored to hood medical students at their graduation.

Dr. Merchen’s reputation as a comprehensive, compassionate internist has been earned over years of caring for our faculty and their families at Augusta University along with many patients in the region. Her ability to form trusting, long-term relationships with a broad variety of patients comes from her commitment to excellence for every one of the patients she touches. She is a steadfast advocate for their care in an ever-complicated system, and a warm presence in their time of need. She appreciates the privilege of outpatient care along with the relationships she builds with her patients and staff.

Dr. Merchen is a passionate residency program director, who inspires trainees and students. Her efforts were transformational in creating block scheduling, linking curriculum with learning and promoting quality in patient outcomes as a key focus for the medicine residency. She also lead the development of the research clinician pathway in the Department, with Dr. David Stepp, a well funded basic scientist, which is one of a few such programs nationally, providing research and clinical training through a five year curriculum. She is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, a member of the Richmond County Medical Society, the Association of Program Directors, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

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