Awards and Achievements – August 2021

UVA Department of MedicineWelcome, Dr. Gwen Garcia to the Division of Hematology/Oncology to the UVA Cancer Center Augusta Clinic in Fishersville. Dr. Garcia will begin seeing patients in August 2021.

Congratulations to Dr. Tri Le who will assume the role of Program Leader, GI Medical Oncology, and to Dr. Matthew Reilley who will assume the role of Director, GI Medical Oncology Research.

Congratulations to Dr. Tamila Kindwall-Keller on 10 years of service with the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Congratulations to Jordanna Leake on 15 years of service with the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Congratulations to Janet Tillage on 15 years of service with the Division of Hematology/Oncology and 35 years of service with UVA.

Congratulations to the Division of Hematology/Oncology inpatient team on a successful move on June 29, 2021, from 8 West & 8 North. Units have been combined into one on 3 South as Acute Oncology. The new move has created two dedicated workroom spaces for the Hematology/Oncology house staff teams, a conference room for teaching, five additional patient beds, and a dedicated pharmacy workspace.

The Division of Hematology/Oncology would like to welcome Erin Harr, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, BMTCN, and Amelia Hodson, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, two new Advanced Practice Providers. They will be working on the inpatient Stem Cell Transplant Unit.

Congratulations to Dr. Jae Hee Yun (rheumatology) and Dr. John Kim (pulmonary) who are recipients of the Annette Lightner Research Award for their project Elucidating Biological Pathways in Dermatomyositis-Related Interstitial Lung Disease. The Annette Lightner Fund is an endowment, the income from which supports medical research in rheumatology, autoimmune diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Congratulations to Dr. Janet E. Lewis who received a University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Certificate of Commitment to Medical Education.

Congratulations to Dr. Donald L. Kimpel who received a University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Certificate of Commitment to Medical Education, and has been elected to the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators.

UVA Cardio Surgical TeamCongratulations to Dr. Nishtha Sodhi, Medical Director of the Advanced Cardiac Valve Center, and the UVA structural heart disease team, comprised of interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, who performed the first trans-septal transcatheter mitral valve replacement as part of a clinical trial using the Medtronic Intrepid Valve. The team replaced the mitral valve via a leg vein with no incision in the chest. This was the 18th successful procedure of its kind in the world and the first in Virginia. Then the team went on to be showcased at the 2021 TVT Structural Heart Summit in Miami and which was broadcast worldwide. UVA Advanced Cardiac Valve Center was one of ten hospitals worldwide to perform live cases for this conference. Huge congratulations to the entire team, which included Nishtha Sodhi, MD, Leora Yarboro, MD, Scott Lim, MD, Dale Fowler, MD. Read more.

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