Staff Profiles

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

Sierra with husband Austin and their dog Leland.

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! Read more...

Mahabuba (Maha) Akhter, Research Coordinator, Division of Endocrinology

Maha (center) with Teresa LaMonica (left) and Anita Thompson-Heisterman (right), both assistant professors in the UVA School of Nursing.

I was born in the Murshidabad district of the state of West Bengal in India, about 120 miles from the state’s capital, Kolkata [formerly Calcutta]. Read more...

Erin Arnold and Dan Chipman Join DOM Central Administration

Erin Arnold – DOM Education

Erin Arnold joined the DOM education staff in August 2016. Her responsibilities include coordination of the geriatric and palliative care fellowships in General Medicine, and several of the fellowship programs in Cardiovascular Medicine; she also provides support for the residency program and helps with promotion of DOM’s Women in Internal Medicine Network. Read more...

Margaret Kuhlman, Education Coordinator

Margaret works with DOM’s education administration team as a coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Among other responsibilities, she assists the chief residents with scheduling rotations for the program’s 100 residents. Read more...

Dawn Kidd, Division of Nephrology

Dawn grew up in Albemarle County; after living and working in other parts of Virginia, she returned to the area six years ago.  Her first position at UVA was with the Stem Cell Transplant section in the Division of Hematology-Oncology; she then joined the Division of Nephrology as assistant to chief Mark Okusa. Read more...

Tara Herring, CV Fiscal & Research Manager

I was born and grew up here in Central Virginia. In fact, I currently live in Greene County near property that has been in my family for over 200 years. My father’s family has resided in the area since the 1740s (before there even was a Greene County — it was then part of Orange). Read more...

Staff Profile: Jim McGowan, ID Division Administrator

Jim on his tractor, “doing something.”

I grew up in Thornton, Iowa, on a farm where we raised corn, wheat and cattle; I was the oldest of five children. My experiences growing up in a small farming community of 500 people were pretty typical: get up early for chores before school, ride the bus to school, practice sports after school, then evening chores and schoolwork before bed — followed by farm work every weekend. Read more...

Staff Profile: Pat Knighton, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Pat and oldest son Joey, at his wedding.

I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and moved to Charlottesville in 1984 to be with my fiancée. My first job at UVA was at the Observatory Hill student dining hall; I went on to work at the hospital in the labor and delivery unit, and then in Ob-Gyn, where I worked for 11 years. Read more...

Staff Profile: Garret Rhodes (General, Geriatric, Palliative Care & Hospital Medicine)

Garret Rhodes is a data analyst in “Gen Med”–one of the Department of Medicine’s largest divisions. He grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, and relocated to Charlottesville to attend graduate school at UVA, where he studied finance and analytics. Read more...

Shaniki Washington, Division of General Medicine

Shaniki (“Niki”) Washington, right, with daughter Kiara and grandson Chase.

I grew up in Fluvanna County, and have lived there all my life. I am married and have three children: Kiara, 22; Kyron, 15; and Savant, 1. Read more...