Welcome from the Director

Welcome from the Director


John Gazewood 2012

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

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 looks towards Family Medicine for leadership on how to control costs, increase access and improve quality. And our curriculum is designed to train our graduates to become the family medicine physicians and leaders our nation needs.

Why look at our program? I think our program is among the best in the country, and a great place to continue your training. We have 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 top flight quaternary 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 patients, residents and colleagues, and we work hard to continue that legacy of caring.

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, with a surprisingly diverse patient base and we live in a wonderful community surrounded by natural beauty. 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.