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July 17, 2018

Outstanding contributions of our faculty, staff, students and alumni

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Faculty, students and future students are represented in this set of stories. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about their contributions.

• We are proud to see Sally Santen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for assessment, evaluation and scholarship, will lead the evaluation of the Accelerating Change in In Medical Education Consortium initiative through a contract with the American Medical Association. The consortium schools are working together to develop common solutions in key areas such as health system science, coaching and competency based education. As the grant evaluator, Dr. Santen will work with the AMA team to determine outcomes and publish findings.

• If you’re from a small town, you may have a family doctor who has been present at the most important moments of your life. But what happens to patients when that doctor leaves? That’s what research by the Class of ’21’s Paulius Mui is trying to uncover. “Some people are losing their best friend in that regard. A rural physician really ties together a community,” says the fmSTAT student and future family physician. His idea is to capture patients’ perspectives and use them to inform policy decisions to attract and retain primary care physicians to low-population, sometimes isolated, places.

• Women in Science hosted its 12th annual Girl Scout Science Fun Day, bringing 115 young women to the MCV Campus for a day filled with live demos and hands-on experiments. “I hope that we can spark any interest they have in science and they can see us as women in these roles and know they can do it, too,” says Sarah Thomas, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Pathology and one of the program volunteers.

• Congratulations to the Class of 2019’s Mark Feger whose dissertation research on ankle injury rehabilitation has been honored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. That background serves the prospective orthopaedic surgeon well. “Orthopaedic surgeons help people do the things they love,” Feger says. “That means going for a walk or a run, spending time with their families, or going back to their job. We help people maintain their function and do the things they enjoy doing.”

With every good wish,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

July 11, 2018

Welcoming our new colleagues and reflections on your many accomplishments ….

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work”
– Vince Lombardi

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Welcome to this new academic year and thank you for all your effort and activities during the past year. As we kick off this academic year, we also welcome many colleagues who are new to our School of Medicine ….. we are joined by 189 first year medical students (starting shortly), 185 new graduate/certificate students (starting in the fall), 144 residents and also clinical and research fellows, and 43 new full time faculty who have/will join us over the coming 2 months.

Please welcome all of our new colleagues.

As we embark on another academic year, I would like to briefly reflect on some of your collective accomplishments over this past academic year…. many of which have been commented on earlier and so I won’t go into details again here… though at broad level, you all have excelled in many ways, including ……

• Many of you received new federal grants and new foundation support for your research. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership.

• We renewed our CTSA grant, a further $21.5 M in federal support for research career development and community outreach… the largest NIH award in university history.

• Several of you held leadership roles in national and regional academic organizations.

• Some of you as faculty published your science in premier journals, while others as medical students or residents experienced your first presentation at one of our research days.

• Many of you, as trainees or faculty, volunteered your scarce time and your great expertise to help underserved people .. whether that was “at home” or in Vietnam, South America or other far-flung destinations. Thank you.

• We contributed to the university-wide new Strategic Plan and to defining our strategic research priorities.

• Our Development Team, with your support, attained more than $33 million in philanthropy over the last year, including new scholarships, endowed chairs, and programmatic support.

• We opened a remarkable new home for Virginia Treatment Center for Children [VTCC] …….a great new asset for the children of The Commonwealth of Virginia … congratulations to all in the Department of Psychiatry, our pediatrics and our community partners who made this happen.

• We “broke ground” on a very exciting collaboration and new rehabilitation facility in our partnership with Sheltering Arms.

• We “broke ground” on the new ambulatory facility, the largest clinical building ever committed to (a capital investment of $349 million) and which will redefine our clinical footprint on the MCV Campus as we create world-class facilities to match our world-class care.

• You gave great care to so many Virginians, as evidenced by many grateful patient stories and compelling feedback, with also very impressive enhanced performances in our Quality metrics.

• You have increased our OR volume and outpatient volume, achieved a remarkable reduction in inpatient average Length of Stay in the 4th Quarter to 6.01 days, over 24 % of daily discharges now occurring before 12 noon, and other efficiencies in accordance with Vision by DESIGN.

• Our medical students matched to great programs, including 34 staying with us for residency at VCU.

• We recognized and honored several of our marque programs, including our Pauley Heart Center (recognizing that the first human heart transplant at our institution was performed here 50 years ago), our Evan-Haynes Burn Center (the oldest civilian burns unit in America), and the Hume-Lee Transplant Center which has performed over 5,000 organ transplants.

These are just some of the highlights of a busy academic year and of your impressive accomplishments. More details have been presented on our School of Medicine website and/or in individual departmental communications.

In the aggregate, your accomplishments are broad and compelling.

We can head into this new academic year with pride and enthusiasm. Also, three of our faculty will shortly receive University Awards for Excellence at the 36th Annual Faculty Convocation which you are invited to attend on August 22 at 4pm. Dr. Arun Sanyal is receiving the University Award of Excellence, Dr. Paul Wehman the Distinguished Scholarship Award and Dr. Stephanie Call the Distinguished Teaching Award.

On another note – and a very big deal! – we have the great honor of hosting the Governor of Virginia, the Honorable Ralph Northam, who will give a special grand rounds at our medical school on Monday August 20th at 12pm in the Learning Theater in McGlothlin Medical Education Center. To have the Governor, a long practicing pediatric neurologist in the Commonwealth, address us as a distinguished presenter is truly a privilege. All are welcome to attend this very special lecture which will focus on the topic of addiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We will send you a further announcement later this month. In the meantime, please mark this event on your calendar.

Finally, I wish each of you every success in this academic year… I know that you will do great things …and …we will have a lot of fun.

Thank you for all you do and for your leadership,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

July 3, 2018

Outstanding contributions of our faculty, staff, students and alumni

Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Here are a few stories that remind me of the value of philanthropy, mentorship and service to our profession:

• We’ve hit an important mark in the Make It Real Campaign for VCU, with the university having raised $613.5 million toward its $750 million goal. In addition, the medical school is at nearly 75 percent of its $300 million campaign goal, paving the way for a strong finish in 2020. I could not be more grateful for the generous support of our alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have helped us reach this milestone. You are leading the way in defining the future of medicine on the MCV Campus.

• We’re proud of the medical school’s reputation for great mentors, and especially proud of how biostatistician Al Best, Ph.D., inspired alumna Stacey Cofield, Ph.D. As his teaching assistant for three years, Cofield watched in amazement as students who resented having to take a statistics class were transformed into engaged learners. It changed her career’s trajectory, and now she’s been honored for her own teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

• The medical school has a longstanding commitment to serving our academic medicine colleagues and mission. Darrell Griffith, M.P.H., CMPE, the school’s senior associate dean of finance and administration and executive director of MCV Physicians, exemplifies that spirit of service. He has been appointed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to the steering committee of the Group on Business Affairs that advances administrative and fiscal management in academic medical institutions.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading these stories.

With every good wish,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System

July 2, 2018

Welcome Dr. Greg Hundley, new director of VCU Health Pauley Heart Center

Dear Colleagues,

William Gregory Hundley, M.D.We are pleased to welcome William Gregory Hundley, M.D., as the inaugural director of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, effective July 1.

Dr. Hundley is a proud alumnus of VCU School of Medicine. With his outstanding reputation as a physician-scientist and mentor, Dr. Hundley is a perfect fit as the first director of the Pauley Heart Center. His expertise in preventive heart care and his research in cardio-oncology will build on our strengths in the Pauley Heart Center and VCU Massey Cancer Center. This is central to our strategy to attain comprehensive cancer center designation for Massey. Additionally, Dr. Hundley will elevate the national prominence and federal research portfolio of the Pauley Heart Center.

His research focuses on preventive heart care for patients undergoing chemotherapy, which has been found to increase the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular issues a decade or more after treatment. He was the first in the world to use MRI to visualize and measure blood flow in coronary arteries and the first to demonstrate that MRI stress testing can identify those at risk of heart attack.

Dr. Hundley comes to us from the Wake Forest School of Medicine where he served in several roles over the past 22 years, most recently as the medical director of the Reynolds Tower Cardiovascular Imaging Facility.

He currently serves as a member of the American College of Cardiology Integrated Learning Committee, Cardiovascular Imaging Committee and the American College of Cardiology Imaging Network. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians; a member of the Clinical Cardiology Council and CV Radiology Council of the American Heart Association; and a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

A native of Richmond, he earned his bachelor’s degree from William and Mary and after medical school here, he completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

We are grateful to our many colleagues who supported bringing Dr. Hundley “back home,” in particular Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan, the Stuart McGuire Professor and Department Chair of Surgery; Dr. John Nestler, the William Branch Porter Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, the Kimmerling Endowed Chair, the Division Chair of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing; and Dr. Ann Fulcher, chair of the Department of Radiology. Their leadership has been pivotal in the development of the Pauley Heart Center, and supporting Dr. Hundley’s recruitment. We have a great legacy of leadership in cardiovascular medicine at VCU and Dr. Hundley will further advance that tradition of leadership.

The recruitment of Dr. Hundley would not have been possible without the support of our community, in particular the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Pauley and their family.

In conjunction with Dr. Hundley’s arrival, a new Cardiovascular Imaging Suite, opening to patients in July, brings together personalized cardiovascular evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for both Pauley and Massey patients. Dr. Hundley and Dr. Gordon Ginder, director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, will work closely together to identify and understand the connection between oncology treatments and cardiovascular events for our patients.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hundley to the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and back home to Richmond.

Warm Regards,

Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System
Deborah Davis, F.A.C.H.E.
Chief Executive Officer, VCU Hospitals and Clinics
VCU Health System Vice President for Clinical Services, VCU

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