Hospital Medicine Faculty Profile – Alex Millard

Trish, Leighton, and Alex

Why Healthcare?
It’s a pretty typical story; like most, I liked the intersection of applying science in a way that directly helps people.

What brought you to Charlottesville?
I came here for residency in 2009 because I felt like I’d get proper training but felt like the people wanted to hang out with each other outside the hospital, which I found to be true. Aside from a year away, the last ten years have been spent here, and Charlottesville has been a great place to live, get married, and have a family.

What excites you about your work?
I really enjoy teaching medical students and residents. The opportunity to work with them forces me to be up on the latest information and causes every day at work to be a fresh experience.That, and working in a hospitalist group that genuinely works to provide quality clinical care but that I can also talk with about football or books and grab a drink with after work.

Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
The easy answer is being a dad, my two-year-old daughter Leighton makes me laugh a lot.

Trish, Leighton, and Alex

Next life?
I’d say, astronaut, I always wanted to travel to outer space.

What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Hanging out with my wife Trish, our daughter, and our two dogs. Reading books (my favorites from the last year have been Lincoln in the Bardo and A Gentleman in Moscow), watching football or soccer.

Favorite vacation/activity spot?
I always like to visit new places; I’m good reading a book on the beach or hiking for a week in the mountains or seeing a great museum.

Most admired person, and why?
I’m amazed by anyone who can speak multiple languages or plays multiple instruments, things I’ve tried, and have no talent for.

The best advice anyone ever gave you?
Your kids grow up fast, so enjoy every moment.

What about you would surprise us?
I’ve been to Everest Base Camp and smelled pretty terrible after the two weeks of hiking.

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