Message from the Chair – January 2022

University of Virginia Dr Mitchell RosnerHappy new year to all of you, and here’s wishing everyone excellent health and happiness for 2022. As we start the new year, we are facing new challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic as well as fatigue and frustration as we move into yet another winter facing uncertainty and restrictions. Despite these challenges, we have prevailed, and collectively we have done amazing things that we should all be proud of. We have been tested and, at every turn, shown that our commitment to outstanding patient care, research, and education is not moveable and resolute.

Thus, it is fitting that we start the new year focusing on the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health. This Division is a leader in its field and world-renowned for its clinical care, education, and research. They have a great tradition of excellence, and under the leadership of Dr. Eric Houpt, they continue to shine. Most recently, faculty members have assumed key leadership positions around the COVID-19 response, including Drs. Costi Sifri, Amy Mathers, Bill Petri, Patrick Jackson, Taison Bell, Chris Arnold, and many others. We owe all of them a great debt of gratitude. As you read through this edition of Medicine Matters, I think you will get a great sense of the depth and breadth, and excellence in the Division.

Lastly, a key member of the Division and Department, Dr. Jerry Donowitz, will retire this month. Dr. Donowitz has been a great friend, mentor, and role model for so many in the Department of Medicine, and his contributions have been incredibly impactful over so many years. He is beloved and will be greatly missed. We wish him the very best. Please take a moment to drop him a note of thanks.

With best wishes,

Mitchell H. Rosner, MD, MACP
Henry B. Mulholland Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine

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