Peggy Plews-Ogan has decided that after 10 glorious years of leading the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care that she would like to focus her energy on other opportunities. This is a bittersweet decision, since under Peggy’s leadership the Division has thrived and has become a national leader in many areas. Peggy is widely recognized as a wonderful leader whose value-driven approach has transformed not only the Division but the Department and School of Medicine. Under Peggy’s leadership the Division has grown 3-fold, developed a hospitalist program, integrated psychiatry services into the UMA clinic, developed the Center for Appreciative Practice, developed the UVA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety and numerous other achievements.
Peggy will continue to be an active member of the Department and our leadership team as she develops her research and education into integrative practice, wisdom in medicine and enhancing patient safety and quality of care. I want to thank Peggy for her service as Division Chief and for everything that she has done for our institution.
Assuming the role of Interim Division Chief will be Dr. Mohan Nadkarni. “Mo” grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a one year Fellowship working for Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen Health Research Group on health consumer advocacy issues. He then completed his primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia in 1993. He subsequently practiced and taught for the next 6 years at the Central Virginia Community Health Center in rural Buckingham County, Virginia. In 1999 he was recruited by Dr. Michael Thorner to return to the UVA Faculty full time as Medical Director for University Medical Associates.
In 2011, Mo assumed the role of Chief of the Section of Internal Medicine. Of note, in 1992 , he co-founded the Charlottesville Free Clinic which has now served over 18,000 uninsured patients since its inception. Mo has been awarded the Department of Medicine’s clinical and teaching awards, the School of Medicine excellence in teaching award, and the All University Teaching award and is a charter member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators. He was also the winner of the inaugural Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine and the Virginia Association of Free Clinic’s inaugural Physician Advocate award and is a Macy Fellow in Humanism. His research and teaching interests concentrate on innovative care programs for underserved patient populations and the teaching of humanistic medical care. Mo is the proud father of 7 boys and enjoys coaching them in basketball and other youth sports. He looks forward to collaborating with many others in and out of the DOM to enhance patient care, education and research for the patients and trainees of the DOM.
While we are sad to see Peggy leave her role as Division Chief, we are sure that Mo will continue the tradition of excellence in the Division, and we are thrilled that he has decided to take this important leadership position. The Division is in excellent hands! Please lend him your support.