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School of Medicine: Message From the Dean

New Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in the VCU School of Medicine & DIO for VCU Health System

Brian Aboff, M.D., has accepted the position of associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at the VCU School of Medicine and designated institutional official for the VCU Health System.

In his announcement about the recruitment, Ron Clark, M.D., chief medical officer of the VCU Health System, wrote, “Dr. Aboff is a nationally recognized leader in graduate medical education and brings a wealth of experience to this role.”

Aboff earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and his M.D. degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. After completing his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt, where he was also a chief resident, he served for three years as the chief of General Internal Medicine Services at USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio, and then joined Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. For the past 10 years, he has served as the program director for their Internal Medicine and Transitional Year residency programs and as associate program director for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine-Internal Medicine combined programs. Since 2011, he has also served as the associate chair for education in the Department of Internal Medicine.

The current president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, Aboff has received numerous awards recognizing his teaching and leadership skills and has a number of publications in the graduate medical education domain.

Aboff will begin his new role at VCU in April. In the interim, Mary Alice O’Donnell, Ph.D., will complete her remarkable tenure as DIO at the end of January, after which Stephanie Call, M.D., will serve as interim DIO until Aboff arrives.

Please join me in thanking O’Donnell for her 20 years of outstanding leadership of graduate medical education at VCU and also in welcoming Aboff to our medical center.

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