August 2010

August 2010

Welcome to the August edition of Round Table.

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In the past month we have opened the new Claude Moore Medical Education Building and welcomed the class of 2014. Beyond the SOM, we have had changes in the local medical market. One local hospital has agreed to partner with a health care system from outside central Virginia and we expect partnerships to follow. On the face of it, these events are not related, but they have the capacity to impact our core missions of education, research, and patient care.

Central Virginia was late to the party for many of the changes which have impacted healthcare across the country. We have weathered the financial downturn and been somewhat insulated from “competition” in the market. This is changing rapidly. We don’t yet know to what extent.

The dollars we have had to cut from SOM’s state budget allocation are dollars which we are sure will never return to the SOM. Over five years, with the downturn in the economy and budget cuts, we have seen unprecedented reductions in the funds we have heretofore had available to support our missions. As I have said to many of you many times before, without money there is no mission.

What we face today is what many economists term the “new normal.” Service and quality will determine who comes to see us. Excellence will be defined by other people, our “customers.” We must adapt to this new normal. None of us gets to say “no” to these changes. We must be prepared to compete in today’s market to ensure the Class of 2014 and subsequent classes continue to receive the support they need, and to ensure the future of the Health System.

I will be discussing many of these challenges at the General Faculty meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at 5:00 pm in the Claude Moore Medical Education Building Auditorium, Room 3110. We will celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty who have received School, Medical Center, and University awards, and we will share plans for the upcoming year.

In this issue of Round Table, we welcome our new chair of PM&R, our new associate dean for basic research, remind each other of the EpicCare launch September 28, celebrate the success of Employee Connection and the launch of the same day clinic for employees, and learn of a new partnership with VCU.


Steven T. DeKosky, MD

In this Round Table

Robert P. Wilder, MD, FASCM

Robert P. Wilder, MD, FASCM, Appointed Chair of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Congratulations to Robert P. Wilder, MD, FACSM, for his appointment as Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wilder, the Harrison Distinguished Associate Professor of PM&R, has served as interim chair of the department since June 2009.

Dr. Wilder is a leader in sports medicine education and patient care. He is particularly recognized for his expertise in the treatment of running injuries and in 1999 established the Runner's Clinic at UVa, the region's only specialty clinic focusing specifically on the diagnosis and treatment of running-related injuries. His research interests include the physiological and training effects of deep water running for athletes. Dr. Wilder has served as team physician for numerous programs on the high school, collegiate and professional levels, including the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer. He is currently a team physician for UVa Athletics and head team physician for the Ragged Mountain Racing Olympic Development Team.

During this past year as interim chair, Dr. Wilder worked with the department faculty on the development of the residency education program and contributed to the opening of the multidisciplinary Spine Center at UVa. He has been recognized by the Academy of Physical Medicine of Rehabilitation with the 2010 PASSOR Legacy Award given to a member who has made significant clinical and education contributions to musculoskeletal medicine.

John S. Lazo, PhD

John S. Lazo, PhD, Appointed Associate Dean for Basic Research

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of John S. Lazo, PhD, to the position of Associate Dean for Basic Research, effective January 1, 2011.

Dr. Lazo joins us from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was founder and Director of the Drug Discovery Institute and former Chair of the Department of Pharmacology. He will join our faculty as a Professor of Pharmacology.

Dr. Lazo’s laboratory primarily focuses on studying how enzymes that remove high energy phosphates from proteins control cell division, migration and survival using both molecular biological and pharmacological approaches. Other major themes include determining the mechanism of action of new anticancer agents and the development of both high throughput and high content screens of small molecule chemical libraries.

In his role as Associate Dean for Basic Research, Dr. Lazo will be responsible for overseeing and supporting all aspects of basic science research at the School of Medicine.

Dr. Lazo led the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 2004. He currently serves as Director of the University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute and is co-director of the Molecular Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

UVA Health System and VCU Medical Center

UVA Health System and VCU Medical Center Announce Pediatric Surgery Congenital Heart Collaborative

The University of Virginia Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center have announced the Pediatric Surgery Congenital Heart Collaborative to provide coordinated pediatric cardiac surgical care and adult congenital cardiac surgical care for patients in Charlottesville and Richmond.

The joint program also will provide treatment and educational and research services that enhance patient access to specialized surgical treatments with coordinated patient care.

Dr. James Gangemi, a distinguished pediatric thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeon, will serve as surgical medical director for the program. Referring physicians and patients or their families will be able to meet with Dr. Gangemi for specialized congenital heart surgical care consultation. Surgical care will be provided at VCU and UVA depending on the patient needs.

Less Than One Month to EpicCare Outpatient Launch

EpicCare launches in the outpatient locations on September 28. Many faculty have begun their training on the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that will change the way most of us have practiced medicine our entire careers. Initially, this transition will be frustrating for many of us. However, I believe once we have worked out the kinks in the system (both ours and the system’s) we will have a system which will greatly enhance our patient safety, efficiency, and productivity.

Employee Same Day Clinic

Employee Same Day Clinic Joins Employee Connection to Better Serve Faculty, Staff and Families

UVA Employee Connection has proven to be a great success. In several months, we have seen requests for more than 300 appointments, and 80 percent are for new patients. To date, more than 1,400 appointments have been scheduled to see UVA physicians.

To meet the internal demand for immediate appointments to see a health care professional, the Health System has opened a free UVA Employee Same Day Clinic.

This new employee benefit offers quick, same-day appointments for employees with minor illnesses.

The Same Day Clinic is staffed by nurses and nurse practitioners who can see patients with minor illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, influenza and strep throat. Employees who plan to return to work will

receive care packs that include appropriate over the counter medications.

The clinic is located in the Employee Health area on the first floor of 1222 JPA. Call 924.2013 or stop by between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.