VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus

VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus a life-changing learning experience for students, exceptional care for the sick and a curiosity for medical research and discovery. The mission of the VCU School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity.

Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the school seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, the mission includes the development of more effective health care practices to address the needs of diverse populations and to provide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine and science.

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During this season of gratitude, we’re thankful for the generosity of our community members throughout the pandemic. The...
11/24/2021
Together, We’ve Helped VCU Health Provide Care for Our Community

During this season of gratitude, we’re thankful for the generosity of our community members throughout the pandemic. Their contributions — $1 million to support COVID-19 care and research, 23,000 meals for health care workers, and 5,400 handmade masks — have inspired VCU Health team members and helped save lives.

“I was blown away by the support that I saw coming from the community. It lifted a team that was already heavily in the fight. It lifted their spirits and gave them additional tools to move forward. We wouldn’t be where we are today without that generosity.”

See how the community came together in this story and video from the MCV Foundation:

Since the pandemic began, community members have contributed more than $1 million to support COVID-19 care and research, 23,000 meals for health care workers, and 5,400 handmade masks.

Dean of Medicine Peter Buckley, M.D., has announced he has accepted a new position as chancellor for the health sciences...
11/23/2021

Dean of Medicine Peter Buckley, M.D., has announced he has accepted a new position as chancellor for the health sciences at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

“It is with great appreciation – and certainly mixed emotions – that I am letting you know that I will be leaving VCU and relinquishing the cherished roles of dean of the VCU School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs for VCU Health System in February 2022.”

Please join us in thanking Dean Buckley for his five years of leadership and service as the medical school’s 24th dean. His vision, enthusiasm and dedication led the medical school and VCU Health through times of celebration and challenge, alike.

Plans for interim leadership and the search for the medical school’s next dean will be shared in the coming weeks.

Dean of Medicine Peter Buckley, M.D., has announced he has accepted a new position as chancellor for the health sciences at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

“It is with great appreciation – and certainly mixed emotions – that I am letting you know that I will be leaving VCU and relinquishing the cherished roles of dean of the VCU School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs for VCU Health System in February 2022.”

Please join us in thanking Dean Buckley for his five years of leadership and service as the medical school’s 24th dean. His vision, enthusiasm and dedication led the medical school and VCU Health through times of celebration and challenge, alike.

Plans for interim leadership and the search for the medical school’s next dean will be shared in the coming weeks.

Since 2018, VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center has successfully transplanted more than 150 kidneys from hepatitis C-positive...
11/22/2021
Transplant research expands organ access and supports lower-income patients

Since 2018, VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center has successfully transplanted more than 150 kidneys from hepatitis C-positive donors without transferring chronic hepatitis C to recipients.

For several years, transplant researchers have studied a unique process that allows transplant teams to safely and effectively transplant kidneys from hepatitis C-positive deceased donors into recipients who do not have the disease.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center’s naming, paying tribute to Dorothy A. and St...
11/21/2021

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center’s naming, paying tribute to Dorothy A. and Stanley F. Pauley’s $5 million transformational gift that laid the foundation for its growth. In celebration of this year’s milestone, the fall issue of 12th & Marshall has spotlighted 15 of the advances made possible by the center’s good work: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/15-for-15/

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center’s naming, paying tribute to Dorothy A. and Stanley F. Pauley’s $5 million transformational gift that laid the foundation for its growth. In celebration of this year’s milestone, the fall issue of 12th & Marshall has spotlighted 15 of the advances made possible by the center’s good work: https://medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/15-for-15/

A VCU research team comprised of microbiology and VCU MD-PhD Program alumni has published a paper providing a framework ...
11/20/2021

A VCU research team comprised of microbiology and VCU MD-PhD Program alumni has published a paper providing a framework for creating a much-needed rapid, accurate COVID-19 test. How did they do it? Increase the speed of the accurate PCR test by removing a timely and extensive step.

The same research team also proposes an easier method for identifying variants like Delta. Learn more from VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research:

https://rampages.us/vcucctr/2021/11/16/covid-tests/

A VCU research team comprised of microbiology and VCU MD-PhD Program alumni has published a paper providing a framework for creating a much-needed rapid, accurate COVID-19 test. How did they do it? Increase the speed of the accurate PCR test by removing a timely and extensive step.

The same research team also proposes an easier method for identifying variants like Delta. Learn more from VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research:

https://rampages.us/vcucctr/2021/11/16/covid-tests/

A new $1.2 million grant will improve access and services around Alzheimer’s disease for low-income older adults in the ...
11/19/2021
Project seeks to improve access, services around Alzheimer’s for Richmond-area older adults | VCU Health

A new $1.2 million grant will improve access and services around Alzheimer’s disease for low-income older adults in the Richmond area. Expanded services include health coaching to reduce risk factors and navigation services to connect people and their caregivers to the right resources — both in the community and at VCU Health.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit vcuhealth.org/covid-19 or Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for pediatrics. For vaccine details, visit vcuhealth.org/covidvaccine.

In a record-breaking year for sponsored research funding at VCU, the School of Medicine leads the way, accounting for $1...
11/18/2021

In a record-breaking year for sponsored research funding at VCU, the School of Medicine leads the way, accounting for $183.4 million — half of the university’s research funding. “When COVID-19 restrictions necessitated the minimization or even closure of many labs last year, many of our researchers pivoted to writing and submitting grants – and we continue to reap the rewards of those efforts,” says Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D.

Read more in his thank-you message to our research community: medschool.vcu.edu/news/som-dean/season-of-gratitude-research-community

In a record-breaking year for sponsored research funding at VCU, the School of Medicine leads the way, accounting for $183.4 million — half of the university’s research funding. “When COVID-19 restrictions necessitated the minimization or even closure of many labs last year, many of our researchers pivoted to writing and submitting grants – and we continue to reap the rewards of those efforts,” says Dean of Medicine Peter F. Buckley, M.D.

Read more in his thank-you message to our research community: medschool.vcu.edu/news/som-dean/season-of-gratitude-research-community

Courtney Dawson, M’18, will care for the patients of her mentor R. Randolph Duffer, M’72, H’75, after his retirement fro...
11/15/2021
Southwest Virginia native returns home to practice rural medicine

Courtney Dawson, M’18, will care for the patients of her mentor R. Randolph Duffer, M’72, H’75, after his retirement from his rural family medicine practice in Gretna, Virginia. As a student, Dawson received a scholarship for students who plan to practice in rural areas.

“Courtney grew up here,” says Duffer, who remembers when he got his start. “When I landed in Gretna, it was a natural fit for me. And it’s the same for her.”

She follows in footsteps of mentor and fellow alum

Physiology researchers Javier González-Maeso, Ph.D., and Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Ph.D., identify brain changes that ...
11/14/2021

Physiology researchers Javier González-Maeso, Ph.D., and Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Ph.D., identify brain changes that could underlie the antidepressant effects of psilocybin and related compounds while also hinting at areas of potential concern.

medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/single-dose-of-a-psychedelic-drug-alters-neurons-structure-and-gene-environment

Physiology researchers Javier González-Maeso, Ph.D., and Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Ph.D., identify brain changes that could underlie the antidepressant effects of psilocybin and related compounds while also hinting at areas of potential concern.

medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/single-dose-of-a-psychedelic-drug-alters-neurons-structure-and-gene-environment

“Health behavior change theory tells us that scaring people isn't enough — we have to give people a solution and convinc...
11/13/2021
To persuade college students to practice social distancing, scaring them into action isn’t enough

“Health behavior change theory tells us that scaring people isn't enough — we have to give people a solution and convince them it will work. Our results support these theoretical propositions and serve as an important reminder that building efficacy — or confidence — in both people’s abilities to protect themselves and others is vital to achieving our public health goals.” VCU Health Behavior and Policy Department

A VCU-led study of students in 7 countries early in the pandemic finds that effective messages emphasized that social distancing would protect against COVID-19 and that it was something people could easily do.

11/12/2021
The Purpose Series: Wally Smith, M.D.

Sickle cell research and patient care on the MCV Campus spans five decades, providing a national model for how to address disparities and quality of care. Wally Smith, M.D., director of the VCU Health Adult Sickle Cell Program and Florence Neal Cooper Smith Professor of Sickle Cell Disease, shares with the MCV Foundation how endowed funds have fueled the center's work.

There is no one path to academic medicine, and in recognition of Veterans Day, several members of the School of Medicine...
11/10/2021

There is no one path to academic medicine, and in recognition of Veterans Day, several members of the School of Medicine community shared how their own military experiences have shaped their careers. medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/pride-and-patriotism/

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Walter Lawrence Jr., M.D., the founding director of VC...
11/10/2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Walter Lawrence Jr., M.D., the founding director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. His nearly seven decades of practicing medicine included serving as president of the American Cancer Society, chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and chief of surgery for the 46th Army Surgical Hospital in Korea.

After more than 30 years as a faculty member with VCU Department of Surgery, he continued to teach on the MCV Campus into his mid-90s and as late as last year, used his platform to speak up for those less fortunate to ensure that health and cancer burdens are not carried more heavily by some.

We will remember him with respect and affection.

masseycancercenter.org/news/Winn-statement-on-the-passing-of-Walter-Lawrence

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Walter Lawrence Jr., M.D., the founding director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. His nearly seven decades of practicing medicine included serving as president of the American Cancer Society, chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and chief of surgery for the 46th Army Surgical Hospital in Korea.

After more than 30 years as a faculty member with VCU Department of Surgery, he continued to teach on the MCV Campus into his mid-90s and as late as last year, used his platform to speak up for those less fortunate to ensure that health and cancer burdens are not carried more heavily by some.

We will remember him with respect and affection.

masseycancercenter.org/news/Winn-statement-on-the-passing-of-Walter-Lawrence

A pair of VCU Health emergency medicine physicians reflect on the Army training and mentorship that connected their care...
11/09/2021
Bonded in service

A pair of VCU Health emergency medicine physicians reflect on the Army training and mentorship that connected their careers and brought them to the MCV Campus.

“When you’re training in the military in emergency medicine, you know that you’re going to be practicing in an environment that’s different than anywhere else. Even if we didn't see it every day, we prepped for it every day. So, I felt comfortable coming out of residency knowing that I could take care of absolutely anything.”

VCU EM Residency

Emergency medicine physicians Dr. Brandon Wills and Dr. Peter Moffett reflect on the Army training and mentorship that connected their careers and brought them to VCU.

Did you know that Nov. 8 is National First-Generation College Celebration Day? The Class of 2020’s Kelsey Faust Atkinson...
11/08/2021
First-Generation College Graduate on Path to Neurosurgery

Did you know that Nov. 8 is National First-Generation College Celebration Day? The Class of 2020’s Kelsey Faust Atkinson was the first in her family to earn a college degree; now she is in the second year of her neurosurgery training at VCU Health.

Her path wasn't always easy; at one time she held four jobs to make ends meet. During medical school, she was grateful to hold a scholarship and worked to create opportunities for her peers by sharing resources with others facing similar challenges.

VCU Neurosurgery

She once held four jobs to make ends meet. Now the Class of 2020's Kelsey Faust guides other students facing similar challenges.

Congratulations to the five medical students who each earned a National Health Service Corps Scholarship. Recipients of ...
11/07/2021

Congratulations to the five medical students who each earned a National Health Service Corps Scholarship. Recipients of the award commit to addressing health disparities by bringing medical care to underserved populations following their training. Learn more: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/nhsc-scholarships/

Congratulations to the five medical students who each earned a National Health Service Corps Scholarship. Recipients of the award commit to addressing health disparities by bringing medical care to underserved populations following their training. Learn more: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/nhsc-scholarships/

ICYMI: The Virginia Department of Health has awarded $6 million to VCU Health to strengthen infection prevention and con...
11/05/2021
VDH awards $6M grant to VCU Health System to strengthen infection prevention and control capacity in Virginia | VCU Health

ICYMI: The Virginia Department of Health has awarded $6 million to VCU Health to strengthen infection prevention and control capacity in Virginia. The new Virginia Infection Prevention Training Center will be established to reduce infections in all types of health care settings.

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit vcuhealth.org/covid-19 or Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for pediatrics. For vaccine details, visit vcuhealth.org/covidvaccine.

Appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine just four months into the coronavirus pandemic, Harinder Dhindsa...
11/03/2021

Appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine just four months into the coronavirus pandemic, Harinder Dhindsa, M.D., faced a health care crisis that was also an unprecedented leadership challenge. “He is a boots-on-the-ground leader. If there is a problem to be solved, he is ready to roll his sleeves up.”

Read more in the fall issue of 12th & Marshall: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/a-champion-of-good-ideas

Appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine just four months into the coronavirus pandemic, Harinder Dhindsa, M.D., faced a health care crisis that was also an unprecedented leadership challenge. “He is a boots-on-the-ground leader. If there is a problem to be solved, he is ready to roll his sleeves up.”

Read more in the fall issue of 12th & Marshall: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/a-champion-of-good-ideas

The Class of 87’s Ann Fulcher uses photography to relax and explore the world. During a 2019 trip to Alaska, the VCU Dep...
10/30/2021

The Class of 87’s Ann Fulcher uses photography to relax and explore the world. During a 2019 trip to Alaska, the VCU Department of Radiology chair captured the moment a bear cub pulled its mother down to its chest. “A Mother’s Love” won best wildlife photo in the 2021 National Park Photo Contest.

We enjoy seeing all the ways our talented alumni show their creativity. What’s your outlet? Share in the comments or email us at [email protected]. Meanwhile, read more about Fulcher’s award-winning photo here: nationalparktrips.com/contests/2021-photo-contest-winners

The Class of 87’s Ann Fulcher uses photography to relax and explore the world. During a 2019 trip to Alaska, the VCU Department of Radiology chair captured the moment a bear cub pulled its mother down to its chest. “A Mother’s Love” won best wildlife photo in the 2021 National Park Photo Contest.

We enjoy seeing all the ways our talented alumni show their creativity. What’s your outlet? Share in the comments or email us at [email protected]. Meanwhile, read more about Fulcher’s award-winning photo here: nationalparktrips.com/contests/2021-photo-contest-winners

Responding to a request during a spring vaccine elective to describe her experience as a vaccinator, the Class of 2022’s...
10/29/2021

Responding to a request during a spring vaccine elective to describe her experience as a vaccinator, the Class of 2022’s Alexa Cecil wrote, “I think it’s interesting how one day can shift one’s perspective on an entire year. A year filled with sadness, fear, desperation and despair; with confusion, fatigue, loneliness and frustration — and then one day happens, and everything feels different.”

Read her complete first-person account in the latest issue of 12th & Marshall: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/first-person-alexa-cecil/

Responding to a request during a spring vaccine elective to describe her experience as a vaccinator, the Class of 2022’s Alexa Cecil wrote, “I think it’s interesting how one day can shift one’s perspective on an entire year. A year filled with sadness, fear, desperation and despair; with confusion, fatigue, loneliness and frustration — and then one day happens, and everything feels different.”

Read her complete first-person account in the latest issue of 12th & Marshall: medschool.vcu.edu/news/stories/first-person-alexa-cecil/

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On Nov. 12, members of The Association of Women's Surgeons (AWS) at the VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus ran the Richmond Marathon together, sporting their Massey gear, to raise awareness for breast cancer research at Massey. Two weeks earlier, this same group hosted a charity ride at BOHO Cycle Studios with their faculty advisor, Kandace Peterson McGuire, M.D., raising $475 in the 50 minute class. AWS at VCU is a student organization created to bridge the gap between students and female physicians by connecting them with shadowing, research, and mentoring opportunities. A great example of Team Massey at work on and off campus. Thank you AWS for your hard work and dedication! Learn more at: https://medschool.vcu.edu/about/deans-office/studentaffairs/organizations/
What a wonderful session last night with our friends right here in #RVA. Our Discovery Series event featured an expert panel of VCU Health physicians who discussed the challenges of and tolls for coping with cancer, COVID-19 and anxiety. The Discovery Series provides a forum for VCU Health scholars, researchers and clinicians who are on the forefront of their fields to share the latest advances in research, treatment and care. COPING WITH CANCER, COVID AND ANXIETY Moderated by: Peter F. Buckley, M.D., Dean, VCU School of Medicine Faculty Panel: Robert L. Findling, M.D., M.B.A., chair, Department of Psychiatry, VCU School of Medicine Susan Hong, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, Department of Internal Medicine, VCU School of Medicine Robert Winn, M.D., Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Cancer Center #MCVCampus VCU Massey Cancer Center VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus
We are always inspired by our veterans and encouraged by the research at VCU Health that helps them heal. This study on the long-term impact of military-relevant brain injuries is a great example and is being led by David Cifu, M.D., chair and professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus. Dr. Cifu is also a senior traumatic brain injury specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. #VeteransDay
Peter Buckley, M.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus and executive vice president for medical affairs at VCU Health shares a conversation and some snacks with and VCU Health employees Angela Motley and LaShonda Motley at the VHHA appreciation event.
Important research coming out of the #MCVCampus. A longitudinal national study led by Virginia Commonwealth University researcher Arun Sanyal, M.D., shows that people with advanced liver scarring caused by obesity, diabetes and related disorders are dying of liver disease. The study creates a road map for future treatments of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, for which there’s no approved treatment. #VCUresearch VCU Health VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus
Congratulations to #VCUSOE's Dr. Yaoying Xu and team! VCU School of Social Work VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus Partnership for People with Disabilities Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Alumni
Spotlight 🌟 on our own Daniel Newton, MD, vascular surgeon and assistant professor of surgery VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus and associate program director, VCU Vascular Surgery Fellowship: https://surgery.vcu.edu/education/fellowships/vascular-surgery/
Explore global health at this Saturday's VCU ACCESS Symposium:👇 Join global health providers from around the world at the 2021 "Challenges to Care from Curbside to Bedside" To learn more & register https://rampages.us/access/symposium-2021/ VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons American College of Surgeons Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jennifer Salluzzo 🌟on being elected Vice-President of the Virginia Bariatric Society (VBS) for 2021-2023 and President for 2023-2025 term. https://bit.ly/392GjBz Dr. Salluzzo is an assistant professor and bariatric surgeon at VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus and Program Director of the Advanced GI, MIS and Foregut Surgery Fellowship Program, VCU Surgery. Jenny Salluzzo👏
Congrats again to our amazing VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus recent graduates! Thank you for joining us for the virtual graduation today. Dr. Megan Edmonds, Dr. Huyen Pham, Dr. Deo Mujwara, Dr. Muloongo Simuzingili, Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno, Dr. Alesha Henderson, and Dr. Bonny Morris! We are SO proud of you and your accomplishments.
Last chance to apply for the VCU Health Sciences Library Student Advisory Committee. go.vcu.edu/hslsac Join this group to learn about library services and give feedback to library leaders. We are still looking for VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus and VCU School of Pharmacy students #VCU #MCV
The spike coincided with the pandemic, but increases in fatal overdoses became evident in the later part of 2019, says Peter Cunningham, a co-leader on the Medicaid expansion evaluation and a professor in health behavior and policy at the VCU School of Medicine on the MCV Campus.