Dr. Elizabeth Terry (Beth) joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Instructor in June of 2021. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama and thereafter moved to Sylacauga, Alabama where she grew up. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated summa cum laude from the University Honors Program in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. As an undergraduate, Dr. Terry participated in developmental psychology research and acted as a teaching assistant in the course. She graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and received the Adrouny Award for obtaining the highest grade in Cellular and Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease. During her time at Tulane, she served as a graduate counselor and sisterhood advisor to the Tulane Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity.
Dr. Terry also participated in biochemical research involving the effects of different DNA repair mechanisms on telomere length. Dr. Terry received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 2018, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. During her time in medical school, she held numerous leadership positions including Vice President of the Internal Medicine Interest Group, Co-president of the Preventive Medicine Interest Group, Chairperson for the Student Wellness Subcommittee, and Co-President of the Culinary Medicine Program. Dr. Terry additionally served as a member of the interview committee and the curriculum committee.
She participated in clinical research focusing on the prevention of ICU delirium through non-pharmacologic sleep interventions. Dr. Terry completed her internship and residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in June of 2021. During her training she was involved in multiple organizations and committees including the Forum for Women in Medicine, GME Wellness Council, and Internal Medicine Wellness Committee. She continued her scholarly activity, most significantly in the area of spastic motor disorders of the anorectum. She developed an interest in medical education through her work on the residency Noon Conference Education Task Force and her direct work with medical students through the Capstone Course and GI Physiology Small Groups. Her current areas of interests include general internal medicine and gastroenterology. She is particularly interested in IBS and other functional bowel disorders. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring the city. Some of her newer hobbies include cycling and hiking. She is excited to take this next step in her career by joining the Division of Hospital Medicine.