Message from the Chair

New Year, New Possibilities

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with some time for renewal. On January 4th, I sent out a department-wide email, outlining the department’s key focus areas for 2016. Here’s an abbreviated version of those priorities, which were developed last fall based on a “SWOT” (strengths/weaknesses/ opportunities/threats) analysis: Developing a … [Read More...]

Top News

Erika Ramsdale Appointed DOM’s First Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion

Department of Medicine Chair Mitch Rosner announced on January 24 that DOM has created a new leadership position -- associate chair for diversity and inclusion. He appointed Erika Ramsdale, MD, of the Division of … [Read More...]

ID’s Mami Taniuchi Leads Field Research in Bangladesh on Polio Vaccine

Mami Taniuchi, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, has done groundbreaking work with ID's Eric Houpt, Bill Petri and others on a method for tracking immunity … [Read More...]

Artificial Pancreas Device Undergoes Clinical Trials, Supported By $12.7 Mill. NIH Grant

Stacey Anderson, MD, and Boris Kovatchev, PhD, co-directors of the Center for Diabetes Technology in the Division of Endocrinology, have been awarded a $12.7 million grant from the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and … [Read More...]

Notable Achievements

Partnership Between UVA Nephrology and Nigerian Hospital Receives High Score from Intl. Society of Nephrology

The Sister Renal Center (SRC) program of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a vital ISN initiative that works to improve the … [Read More...]

UVA Amherst Dialysis Named Top Mid-Atlantic Dialysis Facility

UVA's Regional Dialysis Director, Brendan Bowman, MD, Wins "Best Bedside Manner" Award UVA Amherst Dialysis has been named the 2015 … [Read More...]

News & Notes

UVA Added to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has selected University of Virginia Health System to join the foundation’s PFF Care Center Network. As part of the PFF Care Center Network, UVA will have access to a wealth of resources for … [Read More...]

“Running a Fever” Program Supports ID Runners

Bill Petri (right), chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, reports that the division launched a new program in 2015, "Running a Fever," whereby division employees -- faculty, staff, students, fellows -- who plan to run … [Read More...]

THE YEAR IN REVIEW: FY 2015 Annual Report

268 - 293 - 88 - 99:  A new password to remember? No, it's the number of staff members, clinical & research faculty, clinical fellows & postdocs, and residents, respectively, in the Department of Medicine. For … [Read More...]

Fellow Profile

Will Dresen, MD, Cardiovascular Fellow

I grew up in Ocala, Florida, and finally left the Sunshine State for my medicine residency and fellowship. I’ve been at UVA now for two and a half years, with plans to start my electrophysiology fellowship here this July. I have three younger sisters … [Read More...]

New Faces, New Places

New Faces, New Places

We extend a cordial welcome to faculty, staff and trainees who have recently joined the Department of Medicine and/or UVA. We thank those who are moving on to other places … [Read More...]

Employee of the Month

Pam Schaefer, Division of Infectious Diseases: “How Can I Help?”

DOM’s Employee of the Month, Pam Schaefer, is a grants and contract administrator in the Division of Infectious Diseases … [Read More...]

Faculty Profile

Heather Cox Hall, PharmD, Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health

Heather Cox Hall, PharmD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases (ID), and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for … Read more

Staff Profile

Jim McGowan, Administrator, Division of Infectious Diseases

I grew up in Thornton, Iowa, on a farm where we raised corn, wheat and cattle; I was the oldest of five children. My … Read more

Resident Profile

Pooja Mehra, MD, IM Resident (PGY-2)

I grew up in the small and cozy town of Forest, Virginia, near Lynchburg, and went to UVA for undergrad, where I majored in biology (shocking!). I … [Read More...]

Research News

Pediatric Nephrology Fellow Erika Rhone Receives ASPN Award

Congratulation to Erika Rhone, MD, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow and postdoctoral fellow on the UVA Nephrology T32 Training Grant, who was awarded a 2016 Trainee Research Award in Basic Science from the … [Read More...]

Petri Lab’s Discovery Offers New Way to Boost Nutrition of Infants in Low-Income Countries

UVA Today news story by Josh Barney December 15, 2015  If every nutritional measure known to be helpful were applied to every child in the world, global malnutrition would be decreased … [Read More...]

DOM Education

A Successful Interview Season for Internal Medicine Residency Program Takes Many Hands

Jerry Donowitz, MD, and Brian Uthlaut, MD, program director and vice program director, respectively, of DOM's Internal Medicine Residency Program, extend their thanks to everyone in the department -- … [Read More...]

“Teaching Wisdom” to Medical Students: The Phronesis Project

Peggy Plews-Ogan, MD, a faculty member in the Division of General, Geriatric, Palliative & Hospital Medicine, has a long-standing interest in the role of wisdom in medicine — including authoring a … [Read More...]


Nephrology’s Michael Brown and Team Find Link Between Immune Cells, Weight Control, Disease Resistance

Adapted from UVA Health System news release, 2/10/16, by Josh Barney A research team led by UVA Nephrology's Michael Brown, PhD, has shown how our DNA determines our ability to fight off viruses, revealing that many genes work together to control … [Read More...]

Santen Chapter in “UpToDate” Viewed 100,000+ Times

Endocrinology faculty member Richard Santen, MD, recent past president of the Endocrinology Society, co-authored a chapter for the UpToDate physician reference website that was viewed more than 100,000 times in 2015, reports Endocrinology division … [Read More...]

Family Matters

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow Alex Parker Welcomes Baby Oliver

First-year CV fellow Alex Parker and his wife Kara welcomed a son, Oliver James Parker, on  February 10th, 2016, at  8:12 am. … [Read More...]