May 2012

May 2012

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Welcome to the May edition of the Round Table!

I would like to thank all who came out to last week’s Spring General Faculty Meeting and State of the School address. In it we expressed our commitment to our students, discussed how we’re innovating education and shaping the next generation of physicians and researchers, outlined current collaborations, detailed our efforts in the stewardship of University of Virginia’s resources, showcased faculty accomplishments and excellence, and set future expectations for ourselves related to quality care, clinical and translational research, and our strategic plan. For those of you who were unable to attend and would like to view the presentation, we have uploaded it to the School of Medicine homepage.

May has arrived, and with it we say farewell to the Class of 2012. As they graduate and move forward with their careers as physicians, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish them well in all of their future endeavors. I also would like to extend my thanks to the faculty who spent the last four years teaching these students and instilling in them the excellence we expect of Virginia graduates. It is a point of pride for me when other institutions’ leaders tell me that our students stand out, that Virginia graduates distinguish themselves from their peers. I hope you’re as proud of them as I am.

As they move forward with their careers, we too, at UVA, are moving forward. We must consider what sort of institution UVA will be years from now, when these very same 2012 graduates may return to us as faculty, chiefs, chairs, or deans. To ensure a bright future for the Health System, this summer we’re shifting from strategic planning to strategic implementation, from ideas to actuality, from presentation slides to real-world successes.

While the broad changes that are needed at UVA — both cultural and operational — may take months and years to accomplish, there are daily changes that can be made by individuals that can improve our quality, safety, access, and service. When individuals decide to make these changes and go the extra mile, it will no longer be considered “change,” rather it’ll be “business as usual,” or “how we do things around here” — evidence of true culture change. I would very much like the 2012 graduates to return someday and see that, at UVA, excellence in all aspects of healthcare, research, and education is “business as usual.”


Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP


Karen Rheuban, MD, Awarded President’s Award for Telemedicine

Please join me in congratulating Karen S. Rheuban, MD, Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs, for her recent honor by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA): The President’s Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine. This ATA award recognizes “individuals and organizations on the forefront of healthcare technology for their significant contributions to the development of telemedicine.” ATA President Bernard Harris, Jr., MD, says that this year’s winners, and their work, have “saved and improved countless lives, whether their patients are young children, soldiers on the battlefield, returning veterans or the average American healthcare consumer." Congratulations, Dr. Rheuban!

Schwartz Center Rounds Offers Discussion & Assistance

I urge you to participate in our fifth installment of Schwartz Center Rounds, on June 1. These rounds are offered to everyone — faculty, staff, students, caregivers, and non-caregivers — and offer a safe forum for the discussion of difficult psychological, social, and emotional aspects of providing care. The open-forum format is case-based, exploring real UVA cases. The topic this month,  “Whose Care Plan Is This Anyway?”, discusses patients who don't follow their care plan, the accompanying challenges, and feelings of everyone involved. Rounds take place every other month; this month’s session will be held in Jordan Hall Auditorium. Lunch is provided starting at 11:30 a.m. The Rounds run from noon – 1 p.m. The Schwartz Rounds is part of a national program founded by the Schwartz Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. UVA was the first hospital in Virginia to offer these popular Rounds. Last month, nearly 300 people attended the session! Thank you to all who came out.


Barnett R. Nathan, MD, Named LCME Faculty Coordinator

Barnett R. (Bart) Nathan, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, will be the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Faculty Coordinator for the upcoming LCME accreditation review. As Faculty Coordinator he will chair the LCME Self Study Task Force that in 2013 will conduct a required study of the activities and organization of the School of Medicine. Dr. Nathan will also play a major role in preparing for the October 2014 visit by the LCME Site Visit Team. “He brings much institutional and curricular experience as a System Leader in the pre-clerkship NxGen Curriculum,” says Randolph J. Canterbury, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education. “He will be in touch with many of our faculty over the upcoming weeks, as we develop the committees for the institutional self-study.”

David Schiff, MD, Guest Edits Continuum

Please join me in congratulating David Schiff, MD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Neurology, Neurological Surgery, and Medicine, who guest-edited the April issue of Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, the neuro-oncology issue. This publication is designed to help neurologists stay abreast of advances in the field, as well as help them develop self-directed learning skills. These editorships, overseen by the American Academy of Neurology, are offered to neurologists who are recognized leaders in the field. Congratulations to Dr. Schiff for being recognized by his peers! For more information on Continuum, go to Dr. Schiff also edited two books on the same topic earlier this year: Neurologic Complications of Cancer Therapy from Demos Medical Publishing, and Neuro-Oncology from Wiley-Blackwell.

Faculty Development: New Certificate Program, P&T, Annual Reviews, & You

I would like to bring to your attention a new certificate series of workshops for faculty. The School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Academy of Distinguished Educators, presents the “Excellence in Medical Education: Faculty Development Certificate Program.” Faculty who attend 10 workshops over a two-year period will receive a Certificate of Commitment to Faculty Development in Medical Education, which can be included as part of your teaching portfolio that, in turn, can be used for application for membership to the Academy of Distinguished Educators and/or as part of your portfolio for promotion and tenure. Workshop topics include “Giving Effective Feedback: Key to Learning,” “Simulation in Medical Education,” “Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions,” and more. The programs are free, but advance registration is required.

While on the topic of promotion and tenure: If you missed the May 3 faculty development session “P&T Candidates: Polishing the Portfolio,” it will be repeated on Tuesday, June 12, from 7-9 a.m. This interactive session is a great opportunity for candidates to review and ask questions about their individual portfolios.

Also, if you’d like some assistance with the annual review process, there is an open session for all faculty about “Preparing for Your Annual Review: What Will I Tell My Chair I Did This Year?” On Friday, May 18, from noon-1:30 p.m., you will learn about the importance of the annual review, understand the essential elements, and discover resources available to you.

To register for these sessions, please visit the Faculty Leadership Page in Continuing Medical Education.

Charles M. Friel, MD, Awarded Outstanding Teaching Award

Please join me in congratulating Charles M. Friel, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery. The Association for Surgical Education recently honored him with the 2012 Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teaching Award. This award is given to individuals “who are actively involved in surgical education and who are considered by their chair, peers or residents/students to be outstanding teachers.” Congratulations, Dr. Friel!

Dean's New Faculty Seminar Series on Summer Hiatus

Thank you to everyone who has been attending the Dean’s New Faculty Seminar Series. I would personally like to thank all the presenters for sharing their expertise and knowledge. These presentations have been exciting and have facilitated collaborations and interactions between our new faculty and established colleagues. This seminar series will go on hiatus during the summer months and will resume in September. Updates on the series — new topics and presenters — will be announced via email, and in Round Table at the end of the summer.

Deadline Approaches to Nominate Faculty for Recognition and Awards

A wonderful way to honor faculty colleagues is by nominating them for recognition and awards. June 25 is the deadline for four such opportunities to recognize faculty members who bring excellence to our institution:


Criteria and eligibility details on these awards can be found at the above URLs. If you know faculty who exemplify the qualities outlined in these awards, I urge you to nominate them as a candidate to be honored.


The 2011 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Recipients Are...

  • Silvia Salinas Blemker, PhD
    Associate Professor, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Christopher Deppmann, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Biomedical Engineering.


They are two of the 12 national recipients of the 2011 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards. The Hartwell Foundation supports exceptional scientists and engineers who pursue biomedical research to advance children’s health.

Also, for the sixth year in a row, UVA has received the honor of being named a Top 10 Center for Biomedical Research by The Hartwell Foundation. This allows us to submit four nominees in the fall for a 2012 Hartwell Investigator Award as well as receive funding for a 2012 postdoc. Additionally, Charlottesville has been chosen by the Foundation as the site for next year’s annual Hartwell Conference, at the Boar’s Head Inn, Oct. 6-9, 2013.

NIH Renews UVA’s Longest-Running Training Grant

Congratulations to Brian R. Duling, PhD, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysical Science and Biomedical Engineering, and Gary Owens, PhD, Director of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center and Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, and their colleagues, who were integral in renewing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grant in Basic Cardiovascular Research ( The NIH Review Panel gave our competitive renewal grant application one of the best scores possible, a testament to the extraordinary quality and long-term success of this training program. The broad framework of the grant is training in cardiovascular research with a special emphasis on vascular biology. The first principal investigator on the grant was Robert M. Berne, MD, former chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, and was followed by Dr. Duling, who has served as the P.I. since 1994.

This grant supported the preparation of 55 trainees during the most recent funding period and more than 170 since its inception. In this renewal, the grant was awarded 15 positions for trainees — eight pre-doctoral students and seven post-doctoral fellows. Fifty faculty members serve as mentors on the CV Training Grant. The grant, in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Research Center, offers a wide range of training opportunities in multiple departments. The Cardiovascular Research Center has a superior seminar schedule, and trainees have available: courses in cardiovascular function and disease, Research In Progress meetings, and short courses in grant writing and career development. Congratulations to all!

Save the Date: Research Retreat

Although this event is still months away, I’d like you to save the date for the next School of Medicine Research Retreat, to be held at the Boar’s Head Inn on Feb. 8-9, 2013. Over the next several months, the research deans and members of the Research Advisory Committee will be reaching out to faculty for ideas on areas of emphasis and how best to structure the event. I look forward to seeing you at this weekend of collaboration and opportunity. If you’d like to look at a past Research Retreat program, we have posted 2009’s schedule here:

Interdisciplinary Training Grant Renewed

The “Predoctoral Training in Neuroscience” training grant was recently renewed for its 21st through 25th years of NIH support. This $1.2 million T32 grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, supports PhD candidates in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). Kevin Lee, PhD, Harrison Foundation Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, is the principal investigator on this grant and the former director of the NGP. The NGP is an interdisciplinary program consisting of 65 faculty members from 13 departments in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences. This dynamic cross-grounds program has members with expertise ranging from molecular and cellular neuroscience to systems biology and behavior. Areas such as epigenetics, synaptic function, neurophysiology protein trafficking, neuroinflammation, and others are integrated from the perspective of complex human disease. The current director and associate director of the NGP are Bettina Winckler, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, and Ignacio Provencio, PhD, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations to all involved!


Help the Department of Medicine Build a Home

This spring, the Department of Medicine (DOM) initiated a new community service event: They’re building a Habitat for Humanity home for a local family, the Ayites. Relying solely on donations of time and money from the faculty and staff, the Department of Medicine is taking an active role in making a difference in our community. This is a wonderful project, and I urge you to help. For more information on the project, and to see how you may be able to assist — whether physically or financially — visit the DOM’s site.

Time Remains to Disclose Financial Interests

Thank you to those who have already submitted your annual disclosure of external financial interests. If you have not yet done so, there is still time. All School of Medicine faculty are required to provide an annual disclosure of external financial interests, as well as updates within 30 days of any material changes in those interests. Regardless of whether you have any external financial interests, you must access the NEW site’s reporting system at It’s important to note that the disclosure requirements have changed substantially this year because of the revised Public Health Service Conflict of Interest policy. Please familiarize yourself with these changes before initiating the process. Information on policies and responsibilities can be found at

Debut Issue of Redesigned Innovation Launches

The debut issue of the newly redesigned Innovation will launch this month. Innovation is a glossy, large-size magazine showcasing the School of Medicine on the national stage. It will be mailed to academic medical centers across the country, as well as UVA faculty, to better inform our colleagues about our leading-edge research, innovative teaching methods, and pioneering clinical trials. Innovation will come out twice a year, and this spring’s issue will include stories about our groundbreaking NxGen curriculum, new therapies using focused ultrasound, neurology podcasting, tracking deadly superbugs, school news, and much more. Physical copies will be mailed out this month, and an electronic version will be available online on the School of Medicine’s homepage. If you have story ideas or news for future issues, I encourage you to contact Josh Barney, editor of Innovation, at

Gifts of Thanks: Honoring Health System Employees Who Make a Difference

Each year, UVA Health System receives gifts made in honor of faculty and staff members who have touched the lives of others while in the service of their jobs. This list includes faculty and staff members who had gifts made in their honor in 2011. Whether the gift came from a patient honoring a physician or nurse, from an alumna commemorating National Nurses Week, or from a colleague supporting the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center “brick campaign,” the message is the same: Thank you. Those being honored touched someone else’s life. They made a difference. This list recognizes those individuals and their contributions to our community.

For information on how you can make a 2012 gift in honor of a Health System faculty or staff member, please call UVA Health Foundation at 924.8432.

  • Scott R. Beach, MD
  • James Ross Beazell
  • George A. Beller, MD
  • Leslie J. Blackhall, MD
  • Devon Bloxsom
  • Paula Boblitz
  • David R. Brenin, MD
  • Christiana Brenin, MD
  • Barbara M. Brodie, RN, PhD
  • R. Bentley Calhoun, MD
  • Emanuel Cirenza, MD
  • Jeryl S. Cohen
  • Michael Arthur Cohen, MD
  • Ivan K. Crosby, MD
  • Ruby H. Curnish
  • John Francis Dammann, MD
  • Linda Krongaard DeMong
  • John J. Densmore, MD, PhD
  • Kimberly Dunsmore, MD
  • Dee Eadie, RN
  • Linda Eastham
  • Courtney Egyud
  • Robert I. Elliott, MD
  • Patricia F. Fitch
  • Dorothy K. Fontaine, RN, PhD
  • Paula M. Fracasso, MD, PhD
  • Doris S. Greiner, RN, PhD
  • William W. Grosh, MD
  • Joyce L. Hamlin, PhD
  • Madaline B. Harrison, MD
  • Anne Hedelt, FNP
  • Charles E. Hess, MD
  • Patricia J. Hollen, RN, PhD
  • Amir Anthony Jazaeri, MD
  • David Jones, MD
  • Rayford Scott Jones, MD
  • Robert Kadner, PhD
  • Amy Karr and Scott Karr
  • Arlene W. Keeling, RN, PhD
  • Pamela A. Kulbok, RN, DNSc
  • B. Jeanette Lancaster, RN, PhD
  • Joseph Larner, PhD
  • Kim Leake, RN
  • Paul A. Levine, MD
  • Grace Mawyer
  • Patricia McAdams
  • Nancy L. McDaniel, MD
  • Elizabeth I. Merwin, RN, PhD
  • Jeffrey Lee Moster
  • Caroline Moughon
  • Patrice Y. Neese, NP
  • Peter A. Netland, MD
  • Honoring all nurses who fight cancer
  • UVA Department of Ophthalmology
  • Jennie T. Packett
  • Consi Palmer, RN, MSN
  • JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD
  • Matthew Quesenberry, MD
  • Karin B. Roberts
  • Bradley M. Rodgers, MD
  • C. Edward Rose, MD
  • Deborah A. Ryan
  • David Schiff, MD
  • Joshua J. Scott
  • Joan Shettig, NP
  • Craig L. Slingluff, Jr., MD
  • Kelly A. Snow
  • Richard H. Steeves, RN, PhD
  • David Strider, RN, MSN
  • Ann G. Taylor, RN, EdD
  • Peyton T. Taylor, Jr., MD
  • Mary Dean Thacker
  • Elizabeth Van Dyke
  • Michael J. Weber, PhD
  • Geoffrey R. Weiss, MD
  • Munsey S. Wheby, MD
  • Morton C. Wilhelm, MD
  • Michael E. Williams, MD
  • Curtis D. Yoh


Note: Every attempt has been made to create a complete, comprehensive list of 2011 Health System honorees. If we missed anyone, or listed any name in error, we apologize and ask that you please notify UVA Health Foundation at 924.8432.