Message From the Chair – December 2023

University of Virginia Dr Mitchell Rosner

The holiday season is upon us, and it feels like the year is moving along so fast! First and foremost, I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season. Even with the turmoil that always seems present in the world, I hope you can find a place of peace, at least for a short while. At this time of the year, it is also important to reflect on our mission to care for the community and use our unique talents to improve the lives of someone around us. Think about volunteering or other activities that give back to our community this holiday season….it will mean a lot.

This is also a great lead-in to one of the most notable programs in the Department of Medicine, the Ryan White Program. This program, which started with a Congressional grant in 1990, serves patients with HIV and offers comprehensive, patient-centered, and compassionate care at the highest level. In this edition of Medicine Matters, you will read about the passion of those who lead the program and their dedication to serving others. As mentioned in the article, we could only highlight a few of the many people who work in this clinic, and my apologies for this. Please congratulate all those working in the Ryan White Center for their many successes. This clinic is truly a testament to what can be done in healthcare when resources are aligned with dedication, caring, and a sense of purpose. Lastly, I would be remiss in not highlighting the two physicians who have been there from the start, Greg Townsend and Brian Wispelwey. What was once a fatal disease is no longer the case, and their work has made life possible for so many. Dr. Townsend has now passed on the program’s leadership to Dr. Kate McManus, and we are certain that the program will continue to flourish under her leadership.

With best wishes,

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

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