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The Class of 87’s Apostolos Dallas to receive national award for volunteerism and community service

Apostolos “Paul” Dallas, M’87, has been awarded the Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service from the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. The award will be presented at ACP’s annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington D.C., where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine 2016, through May 7.

Apostolos “Paul” Dallas, M’87

A resident of Roanoke, Va., and a fellow of the ACP, Dallas is an associate program director of the internal medicine residency at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, assistant professor and director of Continuing Medical Education.

He has been extensively involved over the years in medical volunteer efforts locally and worldwide. Dallas has been a long-time board member and volunteer of the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, Va., where he created a system for internal medicine students and residents to volunteer and also incorporate the Bradley Free Clinic into standard rotations. In the early 1990s, he coordinated a medical relief drive that sent approximately $100,000 of medical supplies to Puschino, Russia.

He also is intimately involved with the Roanoke Greek Festival, which annually benefits organizations such as the Bradley Free Clinic, Turning Point Women’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and the Roanoke Rescue Mission among other institutions. A founding board member of the Roanoke Rescue Mission Medical Clinic, Dallas continues to work with them to provide local homeless people, battered women and children with clinical care, food, solace and a new start in life through their many outreach programs.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

The Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service was established by ACP’s Board of Regents in 1998 and honors the late Dr. Edwards, a Governor and Regent of the College. The award is presented to an ACP medical student member, associate, member, fellow or master who has initiated or been involved with volunteer programs or has provided volunteer service post-training.

Courtesy of the American College of Physicians


Class of 67’s John Bagley recalls an unexpected connection to transplant pioneer H.M. Lee

As he flipped through a recent issue of VCU’s Impact, his eye fell on an article about transplant pioneer H. M. Lee, M.D., and the endowed lectureship that has been established in his name.

The sight reminded John Bagley, Jr., M’67, H’73, of one of his own favorite stories.

The Class of 67’s John Bagley, Jr. (on right), was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps after completing his intern year. Sent 7,000 miles from his native Richmond to Korea, he had an unexpected encounter that reminded him of home.

After earning his medical degree in 1967, the Richmond native served his internship at Norfolk General Hospital. During that time, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

“It was the height of the Vietnam War, but my orders were for Korea,” says Bagley. “I was stationed at Camp Red Cloud along with three or four other doctors.”

Camp Red Cloud was about an hour north of Seoul, just outside of the village of Uijeongbu.

“If you have ever seen photos of slums in places like Bangladesh, you can imagine what Uijeongbu looked like in those days. Mud streets with ramshackle buildings on either side.”

After he’d been there several months, a recommendation came down for the Army doctors to meet the local Korean doctor, whose responsibilities included the gynecological care of the thousands of prostitutes who lived in Uijeongbu.

“So off we go to town to meet the local doctor, an elderly fellow named Dr. Lee,” describes Bagley. “We are ushered into this dark, cramped office on the main street of town. It reminded me of Doc Adam’s office in Gunsmoke. There were anatomical charts on the wall in Korean and jars filled with Ginseng roots. So we’re sitting there waiting for the doctor and I notice this 8×10 photo on the desk of a young Korean boy in a cap and gown. I think to myself, ‘That guy looks familiar.’”

John Bagley, Jr., M’67, H’73

The Korean doctor spoke no English, and the Army doctors spoke no Korean. “We are chatting through an interpreter and during a lull in the conversation, I say, ‘Dr. Lee, I was noticing the photo on your desk. Who is that young man?’

“He replied, ‘That is my son.’”

“What does your son do?”

“He is a doctor in the United States.”

“Where in the United States?”

“In Virginia.”

“When I recovered from my shock, I smiled and said ‘Dr. Lee, your son was one of my professors in medical school.’

“Naturally, he was as shocked as I was. I travel 7,000 miles from home to meet one of my professors’ father. That’s what I call my favorite ‘it’s a small world’ story.”

After that encounter, Bagley and the elder Lee got together several times over the next year. Lee even took the Army doctors to some of his favorite restaurants in Seoul.

In 1969, having listened in on the radio to the first moon landing (they had no television at the Army camp), Bagley returned to the states. He went on to complete OB-GYN training on the MCV Campus and set up practice in Richmond. After a 39-year career and an estimated 3,000 labor and deliveries, he is now retired and living in Providence Forge, Va.


M3 Katie Pumphrey to serve national pediatrics group

A three-year stint as a high school lacrosse coach taught Katie Pumphrey that she enjoys working with teens and tweens.

“I like the type of conversations you get to have with individuals this age,” says Pumphrey, who’s now a member of the VCU medical school’s Class of 2017. “I look forward to addressing specific medical challenges that this population has to deal with.”

The Class of 2017’s Katie Pumphrey.

Knowing she was interested in a career working with adolescents, Pumphrey joined the medical school’s Pediatric Interest Group – also known as PIG – during her first year on the MCV Campus. By her second year, she was one of the co-presidents of the very active group. In addition to lunch lectures, VCU’s PIG hosts an annual conference that draws future pediatricians – attendees come from up and down the east coast and from as far away as New York.

When she saw an opportunity to be more involved on the national level, she jumped at the chance.

Pumphrey has been chosen by the American Academy of Pediatrics as one of 20 student representatives from around the country. She’ll serve two terms as one of two representatives for district IV on the AAP’s medical student subcommittee. Her term began in January 2016.

She’ll produce material and resources for medical students, including writing articles for the AAP medical student newsletter and recruiting others to write about their experiences. She’ll also help plan the medical student programming for the AAP National Conference and Exhibition and develop relationships with pediatric interest groups at the medical schools in her six-state district.

In addition to her work with PIG on the MCV Campus, Pumphrey has also served on the Medical Student Government as vice president of community service – a role that was recognized with VCU’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

The Class of 2017’s Katie Pumphrey.

During her first two years of medical school, she even found a way to put her lacrosse experience to work when she helped organize an inner city lacrosse league for elementary and middle schoolers in collaboration with the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “It was wonderful to take a break from medical school once a week and volunteer in the community.”

Pumphrey is working toward an MD-MHA dual degree with plans to combine her love of medicine with her interest in administration.

Now in the midst of her third-year clinical rotations, Pumphrey has already completed her pediatrics clerkship. “After completing the clerkship, I am confident that I want peds to be a part of my life and it was fun to get an idea of what ‘Katie Pumphrey medicine’ might look like in the future.”



The Class of 63’s David Couk named Fauquier Times’ Citizen of the Year

David Couk, M’63

With decades of service to Fauquier County under his belt, David Couk, M’63, H’71, was named the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Fauquier Times. The honor was announced in January, with a prominent picture above the fold on the front page of the newspaper.

He devoted two careers to the county: first as the co-founder of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center and later as a long-time volunteer at the Fauquier Free Clinic.

Mark Grandstaff of The Fauquier Times reported, “Couk retired from the Fauquier Free Clinic last year, after 22 years of service, on his 80th birthday. It was his second retirement — he had put 21 years into Blue Ridge Orthopaedic before joining the clinic.”

But that was only the beginning for a physician who also helped get the county’s emergency medical services system up and running with the team of volunteers he’d taught to care for trauma victims. He even found time to serve as the team physician for the Fauquier High School and helped raise support to launch the Fauquier Hospital when he saw the need for a community-based non-profit hospital.

“More than any other physician in this community, Couk is the one that if someone grew up around here, they can say, ‘Oh, he saved my life,’ or ‘He saved my uncle’s life,’” the Fauquier Free Clinic’s executive director Rob Marino told the Fauquier Times. “The guy is really an icon.”

Read the Fauquier Times’ article, Volunteer, life-saver, friend. David Couk is our 2015 Citizen of the Year.

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