UVA Medical Center
This state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to the University grounds. It includes a 589-bed, full-service teaching hospital (opened in 1989); a number of modern research buildings; an outstanding biomedical library; and a Cancer Center. Most patient care is directed by housestaff/fellows and staffed by UVa faculty; and in 2009, our medical staff managed nearly 30,000 inpatient admissions and 700,000 outpatient visits. There are no private patients at the University Hospital, and our fellows do not rotate to other hospitals/clinics for training.
At The University Hospital, complete biochemistry laboratories and hormone assays are available 24 hours per day. The hospital has facilities for karyotyping through the Chromosome Laboratory. The Department of Radiology provides MRI, CT, ultrasound, DEXA and radiologic imaging services and can conduct studies for all types of endocrine diseases including inferior petrosal sinus and adrenal vein sampling. Nuclear Medicine provides all routine nucleotide imaging methods including radioiodine thyroid ablation, adrenal and parathyroid scanning as well as MIBG and technetium pyrophosphate bone scans. The hospital supports a dietary/nutritional service and a full metabolic kitchen is available through the Bionutrition Core. There is a fully staffed surgical pathology laboratory for the interpretation of surgical and cytological specimens, including immunohistologic studies.
Outpatient Endocrine Clinics
Our clinical faculty have active clinical practices, and our division sees over 12,000 outpatients a year. Endocrinology’s largest clinic is in the 415 Ray C. Hunt building (Fontaine Research Park), where four nurses and a nurse practitioner complete our clinical care group. The division also supervises a multidisciplinary Diabetes Education and Management Program (DEMP) involving nurse educators and dietitians. Through DEMP, diabetes and nutrition education is available every workday. The division maintains its own thyroid and ovarian ultrasound units, as well as a DEXA scanner. Dynamic endocrine testing is performed in the clinic by trained endocrine nurses, and cytology services are readily available. UVa employs a fully electronic medical record.