Welcome from the Director

Welcome from the Director


Welcome to the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine Residency Program! (Or at least our web-site).

John Gazewood 2012

I am John Gazewood, and have been the Residency Program Director since January, 2007. I have been a family doc since 1987, when I graduated from Vanderbilt and went to Missouri for my residency. After residency, I practiced full spectrum family medicine for 5 years in a small town in East Tennessee. I caught the “teaching bug” and went back to Missouri where I completed a geriatric and faculty development fellowship. I joined the faculty at UVA in 1997, and along with my wife, 4 children, and assortment of pets are happily ensconced in “C’ville.”

This is an exciting time for Family Medicine, as our nation will, whether through implementation of the ACA or the efforts of health payers and advocates for Primary Care, look towards Family Medicine for solutions to control cost, increase access and improve quality. Our department continues on the journey towards becoming a true patient-centered medical home, implementing a robust EMR, team care, and this year continuing our partnership with Dartmouth Clinical Microsystems to move our clinical care to “the next level.” We are also looking outside the walls of our practice and are starting a pediatric obesity prevention project in two local communities. I think this is going to be a great ride, and one that will make for a great learning experience for our residents!

I am very enthusiastic about the team of educators who work with me in the residency. Melissa Fullerton, our new Associate Program Director brings expertise in obstetrics, youthful energy and great ideas. Karen Maughan serves as Assistant Residency Director – she has been involved with residency education for over 15 years. Together with our Behavioral Medicine Director, Claudia Allen, we bring over 40 years of combined residency education experience and a lot of devotion and energy to the residency program. Our coordinator, Myrtha Veldhuis, and assistant coordinator, Tracie Bell, bring a wealth of experience and common sense. With this team, and the rest of our faculty, residents, and staff, our vision is to take an excellent residency program and to make it even better.

Our program has a long track record of training excellent family doctors. Our first department chair, B. Lewis Barnett, had a vision to establish a strong clinical training program in the heart of a tertiary care center:. He built a robust training program, with faculty and residents respected throughout our hospital, making an “opposed” program a “collaborative” one, where our residents have great relationships with peers and faculty on other services. “Dr. B” also shared a spirit of compassion with residents and colleagues, and we work hard to continue that legacy of caring.

I think our program is among the best in the country, and a great place to continue your training. What we treasure most about our department is the spirit of collegiality, shared purpose and joy we bring to our mission of service - we really enjoy working with each other! We have a dynamic, talented and diverse faculty, outstanding residents and staff, excellent clinical programs, and a wonderful place to live. We are constantly striving to improve the care we provide our patients, the training we provide our residents, and how we work together and care for each other.

We hope you will consider joining us in our pursuit of excellence and help us achieve our vision:


We will change the way people think about health:
We will change the way people deliver health care:
We will change the way people care for themselves.