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August 17, 2016

School of Medicine’s Annual Report Available

Dean StraussDean Strauss

Sometimes our pace is so busy and the next project so pressing that we don’t take time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished.

That’s one reason the School of Medicine’s Annual Report is helpful. It makes me stop and remember:

• The M.D. program continues to see record numbers of applicants.

• The Liaison Committee on Medical Education granted us a full eight-year accreditation.

• The Class of 2016 achieved one of the most successful matches in the medical school’s history.

• We are one of only 10 institutions chosen by the AAMC to pilot curriculum and assessment of the core entrustable professional activities.

• The Departments of Social and Behavioral Health and Healthcare Policy and Research merged to form the new Department of Health Behavior and Policy. An outstanding new Chair, Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., has been recruited and will begin tenure on September 1, 2016.

• Our aggressive renovation and capital construction program resulted in the completion of the first phase of a four-phase Sanger Hall renovation as well as renovation projects in West Hospital for key faculty recruits.

• A state of the art PET/CT System acquired by the Center for Molecular Imaging will be the first installation of this system in the U.S.

• The School of Medicine’s research funding grew to $131.5 million in total award dollars.

• Faculty submitted 51 invention disclosures and 25 patent applications along with executing two licensing agreements.

In the Annual Report you’ll find both data and narrative. It even has some forecasts, for example: It is predicted that a bedside ultrasound probe will be to the physical examination of the future what the stethoscope is now.

I invite you to review the 2015-16 Annual Report and take time to consider the past year’s accomplishments.

Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

August 2, 2016

Michael Donnenberg, M.D., named Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training and Professor of Internal Medicine

Michael Donnenberg, M.D.Michael Donnenberg, M.D.

I am pleased to announce that following a national search, Michael Donnenberg, M.D., has been selected to serve as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training and Professor of Internal Medicine. He will begin his tenure on November 2, 2016.

Dr. Donnenberg is a physician scientist whose work encompasses research in bacterial pathogenesis, care of patients with infectious diseases, and involvement in all phases of physician and physician scientist education. Dr. Donnenberg is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the Bayview Campus of Johns Hopkins and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Tufts/New England Medical Center. After additional postdoctoral research training at the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland, Dr. Donnenberg joined the faculty in 1990, where he has spent his entire career.

Dr. Donnenberg’s research is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of infections due to Escherichia coli and on the biogenesis and function of bacterial surface appendages called type IV pili, used by many pathogens to adhere to host cell surfaces. His work has been continuously funded by the NIH for 25 years. His publications include over 100 original manuscripts, numerous reviews, books and book chapters, with over 15,000 citations. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is a recipient of the Oswald Avery Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Donnenberg has been honored for his commitment to education. He was an inaugural member of the Pass and Susel Academy of Academic Excellence at the University of Maryland and has been awarded numerous teaching commendations. Since 2012 he has been director of the Medical Scientist Training Program for M.D./Ph.D. students. On a personal note, he is the father of three young men and is married to a global public health entrepreneur. He is an avid runner and an amateur oyster gardener.

My thanks go to Dr. John Nestler, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, who led the national search, and the search committee, who identified Dr. Donnenberg as the next leader of Research and Research Training.

I would also like to thank Dr. Gordon Archer, our valued founding Senior Associate Dean for Research & Research Training who retired as Dean last August. I am grateful for his many years of service at the School of Medicine.

Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System