Biography

Christiana Sahl Renner, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, working in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Parkland Hospital. Her focus since her undergraduate years at Texas A&M University has been working with underserved communities, both in understanding and overcoming the effects of bias, both implicit and explicit, and in using education to advance the lives and careers of others. She began by studying both English Literature and Chemistry at Texas A&M University. After earning B.A. degrees in both, she began teaching ninth grade English in an inner city school in Houston, Texas. To advance her own education, she moved to New York to pursue a M.S. in publishing, concentrating on both book and electronic publishing at New York University, while working at Lippincott Williams &Wilkins. This catalyzed a latent interest in attending medical school. She returned to Texas after acceptance at UT Southwestern and developed a passion for working with the population of underserved patients at Parkland Hospital. She therefore remained at UT Southwestern for her residency training in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Renner joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2011 and has continued to practice with the underserved population at Parkland Hospital by working in the Division of Hospital Medicine. She has assisted with the growth of the division, serving in multiple leadership capacities in the group. She remains passionate about understanding the role that bias plays in medicine, including race, language, gender, substance use, and social situation, not only from the physician perspective, but also from the patient perspective. She also is passionate about education at both the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level, including teaching faculty in medicine how to improve their teaching skills.

She currently holds the title of MS3 associate clerkship director, as well as the inaugural Office of Medical Education/Southwest Academy of Teachers Fellowship for Innovation in Curriculum and Teaching, where her work is developing fast-paced modules to promote faculty development as educators. She is also involved with the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine.

Education

Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008)
Residency
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2011), Internal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Assessing & Addressing Bias, including how it affects the Physician-Patient Relationship and subsequent Compliance and Health
  • Developing Physician Faculty Members to Become Educators

Honors & Awards

  • Best Innovations Poster Finalist
    Society of Hospital Medicine (2018)
  • Top 50 Early Career Abstract
    American College of Physicians (2018)
  • Fellowship for Innovation in Curriculum and Teaching
    UT Southwestern, Office of Medical Education/Southwestern Academy of Teachers (2017)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (2016)
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (2016)
  • American College of Physicians (2011)
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association