VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus

a life-changing learning experience for students, exceptional care for the sick and a curiosity for medical research and discovery.

The mission of the VCU School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the school seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, the mission

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Art's work 02/08/2024

Learn more about Dean Arturo “Art” Saavedra and his first few months at the VCU School of Medicine in the latest edition of 12th and Marshall. Read more via VCUSOM news: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/arts-work/

“[Teamwork is] not just something we teach in the classroom or research lab. We should live it. Sometimes that alignment, though essential, is hard to do. But there is negotiation, give and take. You have to share a vision.”

Art's work The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

Coaching surgeons 02/07/2024

During his 40-year career in orthopaedics, VCU Sports Medicine Clinic founding medical director and alumni Thomas Loughran, M’77, H’82, healed student-athletes and trained hundreds of surgeons who’ve gone on to successful careers in sports medicine, including his VCU Athletics successor, Seth Cheatham, M.D., H’08. Read more about his VCU journey via VCUSOM news:
https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/coaching-surgeons/

Coaching surgeons The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

Practicing compassion 02/07/2024

Hear from faculty and students on how the Patient, Physician and Society (PPS) course prepares the next generation of physicians. The PPS course, which spans all four years of our M.D. program, strives to nurture the caring and compassion for their future patients and goes over topics like racial disparities in
health outcomes. Read more via VCUSOM news:
https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/practicing-compassion/

Practicing compassion The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

01/15/2024

Today we celebrate the birthday and commemorate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose dream for our nation and the world was a morally just and equitable “beloved community” united by compassion, understanding, respect and love.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress 📸

Photos from VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus's post 01/10/2024

In December, the VCU School of Medicine hosted Dr. Nelson Arboleda, Director of the Office of the Americas for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Carmen Lomellin, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU Health board member, for a tour of our campus and lunch with Global Health Program medical students, faculty and SOM Dean, Dr. Arturo Saavedra.

Ambassador Lomellin said the visit underscored the importance and value of developing and strengthening strategic partnerships -- between the federal government and institutions like VCU and VCUHS -- to sustain healthy communities both here and abroad. “I think it’s very encouraging to see the fantastic job both institutions are doing, especially in the area of medicine,” she said. “And what I was amazingly impressed with is their focus on the communities,” said Ambassador Lomellin. “They do it with a corazon – with a heart.” 💛

Aspiring medical scientist Anne Skelton wants to use her research to become a better surgeon 01/10/2024

student breaking barriers! 🌟 Meet Anne Skelton, a dual M.D.-Ph.D. student who is making waves in the Medical Scientist Training Program! 🚀 In her sixth year, Anne secured her first grant from the National Institutes of Health, a competitive F30 fellowship, for her research on osteoblast-lineage cells and bone formation. 🦴

Read more via VCUSOM News: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/aspiring-medical-scientist-anne-skelton-wants-to-use-her-research-to-become-a-better-surgeon-/ 🔗

Aspiring medical scientist Anne Skelton wants to use her research to become a better surgeon The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

Alum brings family medicine approach to student health 01/08/2024

Dr. Shannan Green (M’02, H’05), a dedicated alum of VCU School of Medicine, talks to VCUSOM News about her journey from a rural family practice to returning to as director of the University Student Health Center. 💛 Read more via https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/alum-brings-family-medicine-approach-to-student-health/

Alum brings family medicine approach to student health The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

Photos from VCU Department of Radiology's post 01/03/2024
12/19/2023

We're back with another day of '12 Days of Stories'. Today's trip down memory lane takes us to Siddiq Elmahdi, an aspiring gastroenterologist who credits his mentor for "helping me get to where I am today." Story #5 ➡️ https://bit.ly/3IDguup

12/12/2023

Help reduce medical student debt with a gift to the School of Medicine Annual Fund. Give now and make a difference for the next generation of physicians! go.vcu.edu/som23 🔗

Department of Radiology chair elected president of medical education leadership society 11/15/2023

Congratulations to the Class of 87's Ann Fulcher, M.D., professor and chair of the VCU Department of Radiology, who was recently named president-elect of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. SCARD is dedicated to advancing the art and science of radiology, and developing new methods for educators and addressing challenges in the specialty.

“Dr. Fulcher is a leader in her field and in our School of Medicine community,” said Arturo Saavedra, M.D., dean of VCU School of Medicine. “This national role is not only an honor for Dr. Fulcher, but also underscores the depth and quality of our outstanding faculty. I know Dr. Fulcher will serve SCARD with the same distinction she brings to her leadership role at the School of Medicine.”

Read more via VCUSOM News: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/department-of-radiology-chair-elected-president-of-medical-education-leadership-society-/ 🔗

Department of Radiology chair elected president of medical education leadership society The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

11/10/2023

The Class of 99’s Eduardo Rodriguez, M.D., D.D.S., has performed the world’s first whole-eye and partial face transplant. “It’s completely unchartered territory,” he tells CNN.

A pioneer in the field of facial transplantation, Rodriguez and team completed the successful surgery in May. Whether or not the patient will see remains unanswered. If he does, it would be a breakthrough for patients who have suffered loss of the eye due to trauma or cancer.

Read more: cnn.com/2023/11/09/health/first-whole-eye-partial-face-transplant/index.html

11/09/2023

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Warren Woodson Koontz Jr., M.D., urologist and professor emeritus in the VCU Department of Surgery. He joined the medical school’s faculty in 1970 as professor and urology chair, a position he held until 1993. He served as associate dean for clinical affairs from 1982-88 and was appointed professor emeritus in 2001.

He and his wife established the Warren W. Koontz Jr. Endowed Research Professorship to help support and further the mission of research within urology. We will remember him with respect and affection.

https://richmond.com/koontz-dr-warren-woodson-jr/article_088b1ad5-8f09-5f5b-8684-d4824eba61d5.html

VCU Urology

Merging medicine and mountains 10/24/2023

The Class of 2007’s Jennie Draper, M.D., says getting off the grid and on the mountains helps her return to her OB-GYN practice energized and grateful. Her adventures have taken her to Mount Everest, Iceland and Mongolia. Now she’s taking what she’s learned to empower more women to pursue mountain sports. “I can help the next woman be successful … I feel something powerful about that.”

Merging medicine and mountains The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

10/22/2023

Sarah Martenstein Jefferson and Taylor Jefferson are helping others facing fertility issues through annual giving to the OB-GYN Development Fund. “I imagine if we were in those shoes, and what it would mean to have someone call us and tell us a stranger is helping us pay for it.”

Read more: https://www.mcvfoundation.org/news/stories/sharing-blessings-fertility

Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center funds three interdisciplinary scientific investigations 10/21/2023

The VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center awarded $50,000 each to three VCU investigators researching neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and other types of movement disorders.

Founded in 2021, the PMDC Pilot Grants program provides initial funding to research projects that aim to improve clinical care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center funds three interdisciplinary scientific investigations The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

10/17/2023

Kenneth Kendler, M.D., achieved the No. 1 lifetime ranking status among all psychiatry scholars worldwide from ScholarGPS, an analytics site that ranks more than 30 million scholars across the globe.

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics Distinguished Professor says the achievement wouldn’t be possible without the many collaborators he worked with along the way. “As is often the case with science, there is someone who gets to stand in the spotlight, but there were many other people throughout my career who helped me get here, and I am so grateful to each and every one of them.”

Read more: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/dr-kendler-achieves-no-1-lifetime-ranking-status-among-all-psychiatry-scholars-worldwide/ .en.631370

VCU Department of Psychiatry

Photos from VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus's post 10/12/2023

VCU Investiture Celebration honored 50 faculty from the School of Medicine who have recently been appointed to endowed professorship and chair positions. See the full list and view the photo gallery ➡ medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/endowed

10/09/2023

Did you know that donors who give $1,000 or more to the School of Medicine Annual Fund join the Aesculapian Society? Last year the society raised over $230,000 for medical student scholarships. Join today and show your support for our future physicians! go.vcu.edu/somfall23

10/04/2023

Congratulations to VCU Health Behavior and Policy Department alumna Kristal Lyn Brown, Ph.D., who later this month will be recognized as a VCU Alumni 10 under 10 awardee!

Brown describes herself as a researcher, behavior changer, health disparities scholar and storyteller. Inspired by her doctoral research and conversations with other young Black women about their experiences, she collaborated with a local artist to create the “Brown Girl Narratives” mural in 2019. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3T11xER

VCU School of Population Health

No Limits: Alumni Couple's Experience Inspires Planned Gift to Medicine | Medical College of Virginia Foundation 10/01/2023

The Class of 88’s David Cohen, M.D., and wife Lisa, an alumna of VCU School of Nursing, credit their time on the MCV Campus with sculpting them into better people – and now they are giving back through a planned gift to the MCV Foundation .

“We wanted to leave some type of mark on the university as an acknowledgement of the gift it gave us.”

No Limits: Alumni Couple's Experience Inspires Planned Gift to Medicine | Medical College of Virginia Foundation David Cohen, M.D., and his wife, Lisa, have made an unrestricted gift to VCU School of Medicine in their estate plans to benefit future generations.

09/30/2023

Join us in welcoming Mariza Daras, M.D., as the new chief of neuro-oncology at VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her appointment aims to expand neuro-oncology services, including more clinical trials to benefit patients.

“I’m excited to help develop a program that serves Richmond’s diverse community and provides care that will help brain tumor patients live better and longer.”

Learn more: vcuhealth.org/news/new-neuro-oncology-chief-aims-to-expand-clinical-trials-and-collaborations

VCU Neurology Department

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