McNaull Appointed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology

July 31, 2020 by School of Medicine Webmaster

Peggy P. McNaull, MD

Peggy P. McNaull, MD

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Peggy P. McNaull, MD, has been appointed as the John Rowlingson Professor and Chair of the University of Virginia Department of Anesthesiology and Professor of Pediatrics, effective December 1, 2020. In this position, Dr. McNaull will continue the department’s history of excellence inproviding anesthesiology services across multiple sites, training the next generation of anesthesiologists, and developing anesthesiology research programs.

After completing her BS at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in Atlanta, Dr. McNaull practiced as an RN in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at the Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center in Atlanta. She continued to serve as an RN in the NICUs in multiple hospitals while earning her MD at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals where she was Chief Resident. She also completed her Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship at UNC Hospitals before entering the Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology fellowship program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

From 2009 until 2018, Dr. McNaull served as the UNC Department of Anesthesiology’s Division Chief for Pediatric Anesthesiology. She fostered the development of preeminent programs in pediatric anesthesia care including the only anesthesia-managed Pediatric Pain and Sedation Service in the state of North Carolina. She grew the division from 8 pediatric anesthesiologists into a division of 14 faculty members and two nurse practitioners.

In 2014, Dr. McNaull was appointed as the first Vice Chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for the UNC Department of Anesthesiology, which employs over 80 faculty, 60 residents and fellows, and 90 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Under her leadership, the department instituted an electronic medical record-based tool for the reporting of all adverse events. She established a robust Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee that utilized lean principles to review all adverse events and implement quality improvements. Dr. McNaull oversaw the development of the department’s opioid stewardship and enhanced recovery programs, the success of which led to their selection as the flagship programs for a new system-wide care redesign effort that is being spread to the other ten hospitals in the system. In 2018, Dr. McNaull was appointed the Associate Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) for Quality and Safety for UNC Hospital system. Using a multisystem team approach, she provided strategic leadership for key projects including, among others, mortality reduction, the preventing patient harm initiative, and care redesign.

As a senior leader in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. McNaull was a long-term member of the department’s finance committee. She played a key role in the effort to redesign the department’s compensation plan that led to methods that allowed for evaluating and incentivizing clinical, academic, research, and administrative productivity.

Dr. McNaull has a national reputation in pediatric anesthesiology and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA). She was program chair for last year’s annual SPA meeting, and she co-chairs a task forced charged with re-envisioning the future of the Pediatric Anesthesiology ACGME program. She is an oral board examiner and senior question editor for the advanced certification exam with The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). She has held a position with the ABA since 2009 and was recently promoted by the board of directors to serve on the Advanced Exam Committee.

I am delighted to welcome Dr. McNaull to the University of Virginia School of Medicine. I thank the search committee for their thoughtful and diligent work, and I thank the health system community in advance for their welcome and support for her. Additional thanks to Dr. George Rich who has served as chair for more than 15 years and has worked tirelessly to ensure high-quality anesthesiology services wherever and whenever they were needed throughout the health system. We are pleased that he is staying with us as an active anesthesiologist to continue providing excellent care to our patients.


David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

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