Message from the Chair

Fall Forward

The catchphrase for this season, when we transition to daylight savings time, is usually "fall back." In our department, however, we are definitely in "fall forward" mode! This issue's focus on the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology illustrates that forward motion. Over the last 12 months, the division has had a string of successes and milestones: from designation as a … [Read More...]

Top News

New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure From AHA/ACC Will Effect Millions In U.S.

UVA's Robert Carey, MD, Served as Vice Chair of Guidelines Committee |  The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently released revised national guidelines for hypertension that are … [Read More...]

GI Wins 2017 SCOPY Award From American College of Gastroenterology

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announced the winners of its third annual SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) in October, and DOM's Division of … [Read More...]

Nephrology Chief Mark Okusa Elected President of the American Society of Nephrology

Okusa will lead an organization of nearly 17,000 health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney diseases ASN media release - 11/4/17 The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is pleased to announce … [Read More...]

Gen Med’s Andrew Parsons Co-Authors Guidelines Aimed at Eliminating Unnecessary Lab Tests of Hospitalized Patients

Important new guidelines aimed at eliminating unnecessary lab testing of hospitalized patients were published in the October 16th issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Andrew Parsons, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the … [Read More...]

News & Notes

Gastro-Hep Expands Its Services — and Garners Recognition for Clinical Excellence and Community Outreach

Have you been keeping up with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology's recent milestones? The division ("GI") and its clinical arm, the UVA Digestive Health Center, … [Read More...]

Gastroenterology Has a New Chief Onboard

James M. Scheiman, MD, joined the Department of Medicine's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as chief in October 2017. He came to UVA from the University of … [Read More...]

Notable Achievements

National “100 Great Heart Programs” List Features UVA Heart & Vascular Center

By Eric Swensen, 11/10/17 UVA Health System news release (http://newsroom.uvahealth.com/2017/11/10/national-100-great-heart-programs-list-features-uva/) Becker’s Hospital … [Read More...]

UVA Cancer Named to National “100 Great Oncology Programs” List

From UVA Connect (10/4/17) For the fifth consecutive year, national healthcare publication Becker’s Hospital Review has named the UVA Cancer Center to its list of 100 … [Read More...]

DOM Education

Education Coordinator Cheryl Etelvari Is Awarded TAGME Certification

Cheryl Etelvari, who serves as coordinator for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine's fellowship program, … [Read More...]

Fellow Profile

GI Fellow Javelle Wynter, MD

I am originally from Westchester, NY, but few people can guess by my (presumably) well-hidden accent that I actually grew up on a small island in the Caribbean, St. Maarten. I moved back to the U.S. … [Read More...]

Resident Profile

John Odackal, MD, PGY-2

I grew up in a small suburban town near Hartford, Connecticut. I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Chicago and a Masters in Teaching at New York University. I then … [Read More...]

Staff Profile

Sierra Lee, Quality Improvement Coordinator for GI’s Digestive Health Center

I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan, Traverse City -- the "Cherry Capital of the World." Summers were spent farming cherries and swimming in Lake Michigan; winters, in hundreds of inches of snow! Though it remains my favorite … [Read More...]

Research News

Exercise Discovery Could Save Lives of Sickest, Most Gravely Injured

From UVA Today By Josh Barney (10/24/17) A new discovery about how exercise helps protect us from disease could one day dramatically reduce the death rate among the sickest and most gravely injured. People suffering from severe trauma or the … [Read More...]

Family Matters

Scott and Emily Cornella Welcome Baby Emmett

Scott and Emily Cornella recently announced the birth of a baby boy, Emmett. Scott was one of the chief residents during the … [Read More...]