May 2013

May 2013

Welcome to the May 2013 edition of the Round Table.

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This month, the School of Medicine Class of 2013 will graduate. This is an important milestone, as these students are the last to be taught medicine under the veil of a sunsetting curriculum. They have come incredibly far in just four short years, performing exceptionally well in the face of such a large shift in the dynamics of medical education. They did it with grace and they are to be commended.

Of course, these students are incredibly bright and surely would have succeeded in virtually any curriculum. I wish them well in their residencies and future careers. They were a wonderful group of students and I will miss them. The quality of the residencies with which they matched — some of the finest in the country — speaks even more eloquently of their quality and performance. I would also like to thank the faculty for advising and teaching the Class of 2013 — your commitment to these students deserves applause. Thank you.

As we move forward with the NextGen curriculum, it is important to maintain that continuity of excellence in our medical student education. Starting this fall, the School of Medicine will be "all in" with the NextGen curriculum; all four years of students will be advancing through their studies and clerkships within the new curriculum. This time next year, we will see the fruits of our labors when we confer degrees upon the Class of 2014, the first class to complete our cutting-edge curriculum.

I would also like to remind you that the next School of Medicine General Faculty Meeting and State of the School address will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Claude Moore Medical Education Building Auditorium, third floor, Room 3110. The agenda will include research, education, and clinical updates. The faculty will also be voting on graduation of the fourth-year students, as well as on a revision to the School of Medicine bylaws, including clarification of procedures, policies, and responsibilities. You should have already received the proposed bylaw changes via email.

Please join me in celebrating our accomplishments from the past five years, as well as looking toward the future of the School of Medicine. I look forward to seeing all of you on May 16.


Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP, FANA


Culpeper Medical Associates Joins UVA Health System

On April 1, Culpeper Medical Associates (CMA), a network of six primary-care practices serving patients in Central Virginia, officially joined the UVA Health System.

CMA’s operations are being integrated into the UVA Physicians Group (UPG), and its 112 staff members are now employees of UPG. This new structure is expected to enhance medical services in the surrounding communities, giving patients easy access to the expertise and treatment technology available through UVA, while receiving routine care close to home. The acquisition expands UVA’s network of regional primary care practices from six to 12.

CMA has offices in Culpeper, Madison, and Locust Grove. The providers will continue to practice at their current locations, but under the umbrella of the UVA Physicians Group. Going forward, these practices will be known as UVA Primary Care Family Care of Culpeper, UVA Pediatrics Culpeper, UVA Primary Care Commonwealth Medical, UVA Primary Care Culpeper Family Practice, UVA Primary Care Madison, and UVA Primary Care Wilderness Medical Center.

This is a great stride in achieving our strategic goals of expanding our ambulatory care, becoming the partner of choice, and increasing access to high-quality care. I would like to thank and congratulate the myriad teams who worked hard on making this union possible. I would also like to welcome the CMA physicians and staff to the University of Virginia.

Bariatric Surgery Program Honored with National Accreditation

Congratulations to the bariatric surgery program for being reaccredited as a Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center, American College of Surgeons' (ACS) highest rating.

Level 1 centers are hospitals that have demonstrated the capacity to manage and have committed resources to provide complete bariatric surgical care. These hospitals have high-volume practices and can manage the most challenging and complex patients. Accredited bariatric surgery centers must meet the ACS criteria for providing quality care, including:

• Board-certified bariatric surgeons

• Use of evidence-based guidelines to care for patients

• An established quality improvement program

• Having performed at least 125 bariatric surgeries in the previous 12 months

UVA’s team of specially trained surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, and psychologists provide patients with comprehensive care, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding surgical procedures. More than 2,000 patients have had weight loss surgery at UVA since 1986. Once again, congratulations!

MyChart Goes Mobile

In an effort to offer our patients increased access to their medical information, Epic MyChart has added a mobile device application. Now patients can view lab results, appointment information, current medications and more on their mobile device. This app is available for mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and Android (but not Blackberry).

To get the app:

  1. Go to an app store (like iTunes or Google Play).
  2. Search “Epic MyChart.” (There may be an image of another hospital logo.)
  3. Download the app.
  4. After the app is downloaded, open the app.
  5. Select state: Virginia.
  6. Select provider: UVA Health System.


You sign in like you would on your computer, using your MyChart login and password. If you do not have a MyChart login and password, visit and complete the online Account Request Form.

Lab results are released automatically in three days, Radiology results are released in seven days and Pathology results are released in 14 days. Your doctor’s office may release results even sooner. Other providers who have used this auto-release program found that patient satisfaction increased, patient engagement increased, patient attraction increased, and licensed independent practitioners’ call volume decreased.

May Schwartz Center Rounds: "Who Decides?"

I urge you to participate in our next installment of Schwartz Center Rounds on Friday, May 31. These free rounds are open to everyone — faculty, staff, students, caregivers, and noncaregivers — 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. This month's topic is “Who Decides?” and explores the best course of action when meeting basic needs becomes a matter of life or death, and the treatment teams’ opinions diverge.

Panelists include Amy J. Mathers, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease, and International Health Research; Derek S. Mongold, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences; Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM, Director of the Program in Biomedical Ethics, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities; and Angela Spaid, RD, Nutrition Health Services

Rounds take place every other month; this month’s session will be held in Jordan Hall. Lunch is provided starting at 11:30 a.m. The rounds run from noon–1 p.m. Prior registration is encouraged for CME/CEU credit, though walk-ins are welcome to attend. You can register at Thank you to all who participate.


SOM’s LCME Reaccreditation Process

The School of Medicine is undergoing the reaccreditation process through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting authority for medical schools in the United States and Canada. Our site visit is slated for October 5-8, 2014, and reaccreditation preparations are already in full swing! The School of Medicine (SOM) is finishing the creation of the LCME database, a compilation of answers to over 500 specific questions pertinent to our educational process. The breadth of these questions is staggering, covering broad issues such as faculty governance, fiscal viability, and research scholarship, as well as highly specific topics concerning curriculum content and pedagogy, student services and support, and professionalism within the learning environment — and everything in between!

Using this database as a starting tool, we will begin our Institutional Self-Study next month to evaluate how well we adhere to, and are in compliance with, the 133 accreditation standards required of medical education schools in the U.S. and Canada. This self-study begins with the LCME Kick-Off meeting, on June 10, with special guest speaker Dan Hunt, MD, MBA, LCME Co-Secretary and Senior Director of Accreditation Services at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Hunt will be speaking about the importance of the self-study and its valuable role, not only in securing accreditation but also in assuring continuous quality improvement of our program.

Approximately 125 faculty, staff and students will serve as members of the self-study subcommittee, spending the summer and fall of 2013 performing a structured review of the school as an institution and assessing whether the School meets accreditation standards in each area. They will be divided into five subcommittees: Institutional Setting, Educational Program, Medical Students, Faculty, and Educational Resources. After identifying strengths and weaknesses in every area examined, subcommittees will make specific recommendations for improvement, and will submit their combined reports to the Self-Study Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, comprised of approximately 30 University leaders and deans, faculty from across Grounds and School of Medicine alumni, will write the final report that must be submitted to the LCME prior to our site visit.

The accreditation process is a community-wide effort, and the work of all self-study members is crucial to successful reaccreditation in 2014. As Self-Study Chair Barnett Nathan, MD, notes, "At the University of Virginia, we have some of the smartest and most dedicated faculty in the country. I am confident that we will do an exemplary job." I could not agree more!

Harvey and Pinkerton Honored with Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer A. Harvey, MD, Professor of Radiology and Director, Division of Breast Imaging; and JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Midlife Health, for winning the 2013 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award. This award is given to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in leadership, scholarship and mentoring, and who exert influence in fostering a better institutional environment by advocating for women's issues.

Both of their nominating letters were filled with wonderful exemplars of why these two outstanding physicians deserved recognition. Below is a snapshot of the praise their colleagues offered.

Dr. Harvey was nominated by three assistant professors in the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging: Carrie Rochman, MD; Brandi Nicholson, MD; and Heather Peppard, MD. Here is what they had to say:

“Dr. Jennifer Harvey has served as the director of breast imaging at the University of Virginia since 1994. Under her leadership, the volume of procedures performed at the Breast Care Center increased from approximately 10,000 to over 30,000 procedures per year between 1995-2006.”

“Breast health is a primary concern for women. Dr. Harvey is dedicated to community outreach and education to reduce breast cancer mortality.”

“Dr. Harvey leads by example. She has swiftly risen through the ranks … and has created a national and international reputation for herself. She is a true academic radiologist with a commitment to excellence in patient care, advancement of knowledge through scholarly activities and research, dedication to training future radiologists, and collaboration with other specialties to provide multidisciplinary breast care.”

Dr. Pinkerton was nominated by James E. Ferguson II, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Kathie L. Hullfish, MD, Associate Professor Departments Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Urology. Their letter said:

“Over a decade ago, Dr. Pinkerton had a novel vision for women’s healthcare. Recognizing the increasing population and needs of post-reproductive-aged women, she pioneered the Midlife Health Center at UVA. This was the first of its kind in the region. Even at its inception, this multidisciplinary venture was destined to be successful.”

“Dr. Pinkerton’s mantra to her colleagues is: ‘What do you need to be successful, and how can we help you get there?’”

"Her prolific Curriculum Vitae attests to the success of a remarkable career at the institutional, regional, national and international level. She is THE expert on menopausal medicine."

“She leads the Midlife [Health] Center with energy and grace, making it a truly exceptional and successful place of patient care, research, and education.”

Once again, congratulations to Drs. Harvey and Pinkerton!

William Guilford, PhD, Receives Distinguished Professor Award

Please join me in congratulating William Guilford, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who was recently honored with the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.

The criteria for this pan-University award are: candidates must be an outstanding teacher, they must demonstrate a commitment to student successes, and have contributed significantly to University life. As we all know, Dr. Guilford sets the standard for these criteria and this award is well deserved.

Dr. Guilford is only the eighth School of Medicine faculty member to have been honored with this award since its 1976 inception. Congratulations!

Golds Honored with 2013 Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Scholars Award

For their outstanding international contributions to humanism in medical education and practice, Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold were awarded the 2013 Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Scholars Award.

With the support of the Brodie Medical Education Fund, the Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities, and the Academy of Distinguished Educators, Drs. Arnold P. and Sandra Gold (of the Arthur P. Gold Foundation and the Humanism in Medicine award) were special guests at UVA in March. As part of the Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) week, the Golds presided over the ADE Poster session, delivered the combined Medical Grand Rounds/Medical Center Hour, and shared their wisdom in meetings with Gold Humanism Honors Society inductees, UVA School of Medicine (SOM) leadership, and UVA SOM faculty. We thank them for their continued leadership and inspiration.

Daniel J. Burke Receives 2013 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Daniel J. Burke, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, for being honored with the 2013 Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. This university-wide honor, offered by the Teaching Resource Center, has been awarded since 2007 to faculty who demonstrate excellence and dedication in helping junior faculty members succeed at UVA, both within and across departments and/or schools.


This Month: UVA Children's Hospital Research Symposium

The Department of Pediatrics will hold its 25th annual University of Virginia Children's Hospital Research Symposium on May 30. This conference provides a forum to share and celebrate research at UVA that improves the health of children. Please join us to learn about the extraordinary and diverse research by our faculty and trainees in basic science, clinical investigation, quality improvement and translational research.

John S. Lazo, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Chemistry, Associate Dean for Basic Research, and Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor will deliver the keynote address, "The Future of Fundamental Science: Crystal Balls and Rearview Mirrors," from 12:15-1:15 a.m. in the Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium. There will also be platform and award presentations, a poster session, and an opportunity to meet Dr. Lazo in a small-group discussion open to residents, fellows, students, and faculty.

For more information please contact Martha Hellems, MD, at or Lisa Palmer, PhD, at or visist their site.

The 2012 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Recipients Are …

Congratulations to Jennifer R. Charlton, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Peter M. Kasson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics and Biomedical Engineering, for being two of 12 recipients of the 2012 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards. The Hartwell Foundation's primary mission is to grant awards to individuals for innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research that potentially benefit children.

Dr. Charlton’s award was for her proposed innovative work on identifying children at risk of chronic kidney disease utilizing contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging to count nephrons. Dr. Kasson was recognized for his work on improving the treatment of infections in children with cancer, using computational modeling to rapidly identify and overcome antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

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 UVA to submit four nominees for a 2013 Hartwell Investigator Award as well as receive funding for a 2013 postdoctoral fellow.

The Hartwell Foundation has selected Charlottesville as the site for its next annual Biomedical Research meeting, to be held at the Boar’s Head Inn, October 6-9, 2013.

The deadline for submission of UVA proposals for the 2013 Hartwell Biomedical Research Award is June 4, 2013. For details, please contact Meg Harris ( or Jeffrey Plank ( For details on the award itself, visit

James M. Larner, MD, Appointed Chair of NIH Study Section

Congratulations to James M. Larner, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Medicine, and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, for accepting the invitation to serve as chair of the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Larner has been on the section for two years and will serve as chair for two years, starting July 1, 2013. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort, and is the best compliment and indication of trust that peers can bestow upon a colleague. Congratulations, Dr. Larner!

Deadline Approaches for Swortzel Award

The deadline for the Thelma R. Swortzel award is on May 15. The Swortzel award provides support for innovative research collaborations in the areas of ear, eye, heart, and/or cancer. Research proposals cannot exceed $50,000 in direct costs over a one-year period.

Proposals will be evaluated based on scientific merit, potential significance, and the experience of the investigators. The successful project will begin shortly after a final decision has been reached. Acceptable proposals must be for collaborative clinical or translational research projects involving two lead investigators in different departments. The lead investigators must be full-time, tenure-track/tenured UVA faculty. While collaborations can be across schools within the University, one lead investigator must have a primary appointment at the School of Medicine. At least 50% of the award must be directed to activities within the SOM. Non-UVA collaborations are not permitted.

To view the full RFP, please go to:

May: Dean's New Faculty Seminar Series

Thank you to everyone who attended April’s installment of the Dean's New Faculty Seminar series, “Advanced stroke imaging,” presented by Max Wintermark, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology & Medical Imaging. In addition to education, the seminars are an opportunity for presenters to introduce themselves (and their research programs) to other faculty and to make contacts with others in their field and around the School of Medicine and the Grounds.

All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend the final seminar of the 2012-2013 year, which will be held in Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium. May's seminar will be:

Wednesday, May 22, 4 p.m.

  • Presenter – Michael McConnell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Topic – “Genetic mosaicism in human neurons”


Next Month: UVAHS Launches Employee Engagement Initiative

Advancing a culture of employee engagement is one of our key strategic initiatives. To this end, the School of Medicine has partnered with colleagues from the Medical Center, University Physicians Group, School of Nursing, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and the Gallup organization to launch a Health System-wide, comprehensive employee engagement initiative this summer. This will begin a year-round focus on improving and strengthening our workplace. The survey will be administered from June 12-26, and I encourage all to participate.

Engaged employees are not the same as satisfied employees. Engaged employees are psychologically and emotionally committed to their work, their colleagues, and organizational goals. An employee’s engagement level goes beyond their level of satisfaction with their workplace.

It has been shown that engaged individuals and workgroups are more productive, are more likely to stay with an organization, and are emotionally connected to the mission and success of an organization. Meta-analysis has found that top-quartile engagement work units have substantially better business outcomes than their bottom-quartile counterparts. This is seen in lower absenteeism and turnover, higher patient safety, quality, productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction.

It is important to note that the survey itself does not solve individual engagement issues. It is a tool, the beginning of a process that will assist us in focusing on workgroup-based challenges, helping to create action planning at a local level, and provide us with recommendations for change at the system and enterprise level. The discussions that come after the survey are critical to increasing engagement within the Health System.

I thank you in advance for helping us foster and develop a culture of engagement here at the School of Medicine and across the entire Health System.

March Uteam Meeting Available Online

If you were unable to attend the March Uteam meeting, you can go online and access the presentation. The video includes updates on:

The strategic plan and implementation, and Clinical Research Investment, from Ed Howell, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center

New business development focus and Accountable Care Organizations from Brad Haws, CEO, UVA Physicians Group, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, School of Medicine

"I Care, I Heal, I Build" metrics, operational excellence goals, employee engagement progress, Magnet status, Culture of Patient Safety survey results, preparedness for external surveys, ICD 10 implementation, Epic 2012 enhancements, and construction and facilities from Bo Cofield, Associate Vice President, Hospital and Clinics Operations

If you missed the meeting, you are encouraged to take time to watch the video, which can be found at

Reminder: Annual Disclosure of Financial Interests

Thank you to those who have already submitted your annual disclosure of external financial interests for calendar year 2012. 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 disclosure system at

As a reminder: The disclosure requirements changed substantially last year because of the revised Public Health Service Conflict of Interest policy. Please make sure to review the instructions provided in the disclosure system. Information on policies and responsibilities can be found at

In related news, for the second year in a row, the School of Medicine has received an "A" rating on the American Medical Student Association PharmFree Scorecard. The scorecard was first launched in 2007 and grew out of an effort to evaluate medical schools on their policies regulating the interactions between their students and faculty and the pharmaceutical and device industries.

Employee of the Month: Peggy Nees

In nominating letters for the March Employee of the Month, Margaret “Peggy” Nees, Program Support Technician in the Department of Medicine (DOM), was given accolades for creating the current process by which the entire Division of General Internal Medicine produces and disseminates physician schedules. Peggy was also credited with organizing workgroups to make some departmental processes more efficient, saving time on administrative and budgeting tasks. One of the groups that she facilitated was able to find new space and create a new process for servicing surgical patients, giving the capacity to see even more patients, in two different locations, than ever before.

Peggy has been referred to as a "change agent" and "stabilizing force." While leading teams to change and improve processes, she also provided guidance and consistency within the department. Seki Balogun, MBBS, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, said that while working for almost nine months on a project to integrate Epic at the Westminster Clinic, Peggy did so in a "spirit of collaboration and true advocacy on behalf of not only me as a physician but on behalf of the Medical Center Nurse Practitioner and Westminster Staff, keeping in mind always first and foremost the care of the patients."

Peggy is eager to take on additional duties as shown in her willingness to serve as the DOM’s Co-Chair of the Staff Advisory Committee. Ira Helenius, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, says that Peggy “is highly motivated to find new solutions for persistent problems and is eager to think outside the box, and go beyond her call of duty.” Many thanks to Peggy for her dedication and eagerness to be a catalyst for ongoing improvements in the Department of Medicine!

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

Each year, the 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 2012. Whether the gift came from a patient honoring a physician or nurse, from an alumnus commemorating National Nurses Week, or from a colleague wishing to honor a friend, the message is the same: Thank you. Those being honored have 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 2013 gift in honor of a Health System faculty or staff member, please call the UVA Health Foundation at 924.8432.

  • Reid B. Adams, MD
  • Gorav Ailawadi, MD
  • Brian W. Behm, MD
  • George A. Beller, MD
  • Cheryl M. Bourguignon, PhD, RN
  • Thomas J. Braciale, MD, PhD
  • Valentina L. Brashers, MD
  • Kenneth L. Brayman, MD, PhD
  • Christiana M. Brenin, MD
  • David R. Brenin, MD
  • Thomas E. Brown, MD
  • Suzanne M. Burns, RN
  • Robert M. Carey, MD
  • Christian A. Chisholm, MD
  • Scott P. Commins, MD
  • Eugene C. Corbett, Jr., MD
  • David R. Diduch, MD
  • Avery J. Evans, MD
  • Dorothy K. Fontaine, PhD, RN,
  • Charles M. Friel, MD
  • Mary E. Gibson, PhD, RN
  • Robert S. Gibson, MD
  • Doris F. Glick, PhD, RN
  • Kenneth E. Greer, MD
  • Charles W. Gross, MD
  • Meredith Strohm Gunter, PhD
  • Julie A. Haizlip, MD
  • Madaline B. Harrison, MD
  • Gregory A. Helm, MD
  • Patricia Leonard Higgins, RN
  • Patricia J. Hollen, PhD, RN
  • John A. Jane, MD
  • Amir A. Jazaeri, MD
  • David M. Kahler, MD
  • Catherine F. Kane, PhD, RN
  • Meg Graham Keeley, MD
  • Arlene W. Keeling, PhD, RN
  • Bradley W. Kesser, MD
  • Susan C. Kiley, PhD, RN
  • Kenneth D. Kreitel, MD
  • Connie W. Lee, EdD, RN
  • Paul A. Levine, MD
  • Marcus L. Martin, MD
  • Pamela K. Mason, MD
  • Elizabeth I. Merwin, PhD, RN
  • Susan C. Modesitt, MD
  • Lynn R. Noland, PhD, RN
  • Leslie A. Olsakovsky, MD
  • Peter D. Patrick, PhD
  • Christine M. Peterson, MD
  • Paul W. Read, MD, PhD
  • Kathryn B. Reid, PhD, RN
  • Dawn B. Rigney, PhD, RN
  • Milton L. Rosenberg, MD
  • Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD
  • Craig L. Slingluff, Jr., MD
  • Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD
  • Ann G. Taylor, EdD, RN
  • Frank E. Taylor, MD
  • Peyton T. Taylor, Jr., MD
  • John P. Thomas, DPA
  • Sharon W. Utz, PhD, RN
  • Geoffrey R. Weiss, MD
  • Munsey S. Wheby, MD
  • Michael E. Williams, MD
  • George F. Wooton, Jr., MD


Note: Every attempt has been made to create a complete, comprehensive list of 2012 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.