Assistant Professor, Department of PhilosophyAssistant Professor, Bioethics Program
The Bioethics Program and Philosophy Department welcomed Sahar Akhtar as assistant professor beginning Fall 2008 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in political philosophy at Brown University. She received a PhD in economics at George Mason and a PhD in philosophy from Duke in Spring of 2008. Her research interests are in ethics, bioethics and political philosophy with a focus on areas intersecting economics and philosophy.
F.N.P, M.S.N. P.N.P
Project Director, UVA Teen Health Center
Ms. Aretakis has participated in the development of the UVA Teen Health Center, a free standing primary care center for teenagers, since its establishment in 1991. The Center, which is part of the Division of Pediatrics at UVA, has 3 focus areas: providing health care services to local teens; community and professional outreach and adolescent advocacy; and the training of medical, nursing and bioethics students/residents and supporting clinical research.
Ms. Aretakis now contributes to both the long term planning and the day-to-day activities as one of three clinicians. She completed her graduate education at the University of Virginia. She is published and speaks nationally about adolescent health issues. For 2 years she served on an Institute of Medicine committee that looked at the federal Family Planning program (Title X) and the recommendations of that committee guided the sections on family planning in the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010.
Dyan has provided supervision for the Bioethics undergraduates during their internships at the Teen Health Center since 1998 and has worked with these students as they explore and develop summary papers on a wide range of ethical issues that arise in adolescent health.
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture
Co-director, Center for Design and Health
Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years.
Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on these subjects, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese), Habitat Conservation Planning, Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and most recently Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning, which argues that cities can and must be designed to permit daily contact with the natural world. It identifies a variety of means for doing this, from green walls and green rooftops to urban forests and sidewalk gardens.
In 2010, Beatley received UVA’s All University Teaching Award, and in 2011 received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Beatley is currently co-director, with Reuben Rainey, of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture.
Beatley holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Political Science from UNC, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of City Planning from UVA.
Gaare Bernheim, J.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Associate Director, Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, J.D., M.P.H., is chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, as well as associate director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, at the University of Virginia. She is the founding director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Virginia and teaches courses on public health law, ethics, and policy. She currently serves as chair of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Ethics Subcommittee; as a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners; and as past-president of the Virginia Public Health Association. She is co-director of the ethics committee of the Public Health Leadership Society and works with members on the Public Health Code of Ethics. In this capacity, she has given numerous presentations at national conferences on the ethical dimensions of public health practice, including public health research.
Gaare Bernheim teaches courses in the Medical School, Law School, and College on public health law and policy, including the required fourth-year medical school course on health policy. She is co-director of the new Certificate Program in Public Health Sciences for Graduate Medical Education and recently led university-wide efforts to develop the undergraduate Global Public Health Minor.
Gaare Bernheim works on numerous community public health projects at the local, state, and national level, and serves on the national board of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the governing board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As co-director of ethics for the Public Health Leadership Society, she also works with public health leaders in practice across the country on ethical and legal education, including developing educational modules for the CDC's Public Health Law Program. In addition, she was a faculty consultant on the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)’s Model Curriculum on Public Health Ethics, and previous chair of the Ethics Section SPIG of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Her research interests focus on ethics, law and public health policy, health disparities and public-health community needs assessment.
Gaare Bernheim previously was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, where her projects included a Robert Wood Johnson-funded grant with the Maryland Attorney General's Office on End-of-Life Care and a PEW-funded grant on Managed Care and Public Health. She also served on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and the Johns Hopkins Health Care Scientific and Benefits Assessment Committee.
Gaare Bernheim’s education includes a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a master's of public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, certificates in mediation from Boston University and the Harvard School of Public Health, and coursework as a research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
M.Div., M.S.S., B.C.C.
Director of the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education
Rev. Mildred Best is certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Chaplain Best is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC).
Blackhall, M.D., M.T.S
Medical Director, Palliatve Care Outpatient Services, UVA
Dr. Blackhall is a graduate of New York University (MD) and the Harvard Divinity School (MTS). She did her internal medicine residency at Boston University. Certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care, she has long maintained clinical interests in palliative care, medical ethics, and medicine and culture, including the spiritual dimensions of medicine. After several years on the faculty at the University of Southern California, Dr. Blackhall joined the UVA medical faculty as a member of the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. A nationally known expert in bioethics and palliative care, she is medical director of UVA’s Palliative Care Outpatient Services. She has published studies on cultural diversity and care at the end of life, cancer-related fatigue, moral distress in clinicians, and treatment of symptoms in patients with cancer, renal failure, and ALS. She is a dedicated clinician and teacher and maintains an active program of research on topics in palliative care and interprofessional education and practice. Responsible for curriculum content development about end-of-life and palliative care for the School of Medicine, she is also a key participant in UVA’s Interprofessional Educational Initiative, working with the School of Nursing to develop innovative teaching strategies which train medical and nursing students to work collaboratively in the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.
Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and Medicine
Professor of Public Policy Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science
Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
Professor Richard Bonnie teaches and writes about criminal law, bioethics, and public policies relating to mental health, substance abuse, aging and public health. He has been actively involved in public service throughout his career. Among many other positions, he has been Associate Director of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (197173); Secretary of the first National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (1975 80). He chaired a Commission on Mental Health Law Reform at the request of the Chief Justice of Virginia from 2006-2011.
Professor Bonnie has served as an advisor to the American Psychiatric Association Council on Psychiatry and Law since 1979, received the APA’s Isaac Ray Award in 1998 and a special presidential commendation in 2003 for his contributions to American psychiatry. He has also served on three MacArthur Foundation research networks -- on Mental Health and the Law (1988-96), Mandated Community Treatment (2000–2010) and Law and Neuroscience (since 2008).
In 1991, Professor Bonnie was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. He has chaired numerous public health studies ranging from elder mistreatment and underage drinking to drug addiction, including a landmark report, Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation (2007). He received the Yarmolinsky Medal in 2002 for his contributions to the IOM and the National Academies.
In 2007, Professor Bonnie received the University of Virginia’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Program, Dept. of Religious Studies
Professor Bouchard’s research looks for intersections between
religious thought (including theology, philosophy of religion, and
ethics) and imaginative literature, especially prose fiction and drama.
This work necessarily entails forays into interpretation theory or
"hermeneutics" (especially that of Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Derrida). In
recent years Bouchard have been trying to re-conceptualize relations of
selves and their "integrity" in ethics and theology, as refracted
through studies of theatrical drama. He remain interested in "tragedy"
(Greek and modern) as a lens for interpreting suffering, contingency,
and evil in scripture and religious thought. Future projects are likely
to explore views of "ambiguity," "indeterminacy," and the like in
narrative art and literary theory, with the aim of envisioning
possibilities for Christian "kenotic" ethics and theological
Karen Boyle, RN
Kenneth L. Brayman,
M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
Nabi Professor of Transplantation
Division Chief of Transplant Surgery Professor of Surgery, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Brayman is the Director of the Renal, Pancreas and Islet transplant programs and the Center for Cellular Transplantation and Therapeutics. He received his medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and fellowships in transplantation surgery and surgical endoscopy at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
Dr. Brayman has over twenty years of experience as a principal investigator in basic and translational research and clinical trials. His research interests include transplant immunosuppression, chronic allograft nephropathy, solid organ transplantation in patients with HIV, islet cell transplantation, transplantation tolerance, gene therapy and xenotransplantation, and ethics within the field of transplantation and medicine. He was responsible for developing and establishing the Islet Isolation GMP Facility at UVA, and he has overseen the allo- and auto-transplantation of islets in more than 20 recipients. The Islet Transplant Program, headed by Dr. Brayman, uses an FDA-approved Human Islet Isolation class 10,000 GMP Facility at UVA for the isolation of clinical-grade pancreatic islets for transplants and currently participates with the NIH-sponsored Collaborative Islet Transplant Registry (CITR).
As a practicing transplant surgeon, Dr. Brayman has guided numerous undergraduate and graduate students in internships related to ethics in transplantation. In addition to collaborating with Jim Childress, Margaret Mohrmann, Ann Mills, and Patricia Tereskerz at the University of Virginia, Dr. Brayman has served as an affiliated member of the bioethics groups at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota (Arthur Caplan, Jonathon Moreno).
Carpenter, R.N., B.S., B.S.N., M.S.N.-H.S.N.
Patient Care Services Manager and Medical Center Manager, Medical ICU
Richard M. Carpenter is responsible for the leadership and management of a progressive Medical Intensive Care Unit, including patient care services, administrative services, and financial services. He focuses on team leadership through effective communication and collaboration. He also provide continuous support of innovation and organizational change to improve care delivery effectiveness. His leadership achieves measurable results through strategies and business plans that are linked to the overall institutional plan.
Before joining the Medical ICU, Mr. Carpenter has served in the Newborn ICU, the transitional nursery, and the care coordination program as the patient care services manager and medical manager.
University Professor John Allen Hollingsworth Professor, Ethics
James F. Childress is University Professor and the John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He is also Professor of Religious Studies in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Research in Medical Education in the School of Medicine, and Professor of Public Policy in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Childress is the author of numerous articles and several books in biomedical ethics and in other areas of ethics. His books in biomedical ethics include Principles of Biomedical Ethics (with Tom L. Beauchamp), now in its 7th edition (2012) and translated into several languages; Priorities in Biomedical Ethics; Who Should Decide? Paternalism in Health Care; and Practical Reasoning in Bioethics. He is also co-editor of Belmont Revisited: Ethical Principles for Biomedical Research (with Eric Meslin and Harold Shapiro), and Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action (with Catharyn Liverman).
Childress has served on several national committees on biomedical ethics and public policy. He was vice chair of the national Task Force on Organ Transplantation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the UNOS Ethics Committee, the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee, the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, and several Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for NIH clinical trials. He was a member of the presidentially-appointed National Bioethics Advisory Commission 1996-2001.
Childress is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Hastings Center. He has chaired the Health Science Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and severed on and chaired several IOM committees.
Professor Emeritus, UVA School of Medicine
Dr. Connelly served in the Department of Medical as a generalist
internist/long-term care physician and has been a longtime member of
the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities. Presently, she is
Medical Director of Hospice of the Rapidan. She is also in training at
the Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico as a chaplaincy student. She has
been doing service work with the Virginia Master Naturalists where she
is Vice President of the Old Rag Chapter. There she is leading a
project entitled “Reconnect with Nature,” which is designed to
encourage naturalist volunteers to bring nature home to long-term care
communities where residents often have few opportunities to enjoy the
Noreen Crain, M.D.
Dean Dass, M.F.A.
Professor Dean Dass teaches printmaking and the Distinguished Majors Seminar in the McIntire Department of Art. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, he went on to graduate studies at The Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received his M.F.A. in 1980. With numerous solo and group exhibitions to his credit, both nationally and internationally, Professor Dass has in recent years established a collaborative relationship and exchange with artists in Finland. He has taught and exhibited there on several occasions and curated exhibitions of contemporary Scandinavian art while bringing a number of Finnish artists to UVa. His works are held in wide-ranging public collections - from The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, to The Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, and the National Collection of Poland, Krakow.
Joseph E. Davis,
Director of Research, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA
Associate Professor of Sociology Co-Editor of The Hedgehog Review
Professor Davis’ research centers on questions of self and morality,
psychiatric classification and medicalization, narrative and bioethics.
He is the author of Accounts of Innocence: Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and
the Self (Chicago UP), which was the co-winner of the 2006 Cooley
Award given by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction,
editor of Identity and Social Change (Transaction) and
Stories of Change: Narrative and Social Movements (SUNY Press),
and co-editor (with Ana Marta González) of Paradoxes of Medicine:
Enduring Legacies, New Realities (forthcoming). He is at work on a
book concerned with self, suffering, and cultural change, tentatively
titled, The Post-Psychological Society: Self and Suffering in the
Age of Prozac.
Luke Demaitre retired to Virginia from New York, where he lived for thirty years and taught undergraduate and graduate history courses. Ironically, retirement has brought him to teacher’s heaven, in an annual elective with fourth-year medical students with whom he explores the development of medicine as an art, a science, and a profession.
While trained in classical and medieval history, Luke lectures and writes about the ideas and practices of the earliest university-trained doctors, and about their responses to various diseases, from asthma to cancer. In Summer 2012, he was an invited lecturer at the Wellcome Trust in London and at Oxford University. His most recent publications include the articles, “AIDS and Medieval Leprosy: ‘A Distant Mirror’?” in Historically Speaking. The Bulletin of the Historical Society (2008) and “Skin and the City: Cosmetic Medicine as an Urban Concern,” in Between Text and Patient: The Medical Enterprise in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (2011); and the books Leprosy in Premodern Medicine. A Malady of the Whole Body (2007) and Medieval Medicine: The Art of Healing, From Head to Toe (analyzing a dozen Latin manuals of physicians, Spring 2013).
Demaitre is a member of the American Association of the History of Medicine, the Medieval Academy of America, the Early Book Society, the International Leprosy Association, and the international study group Historia leprosorum.
Dillingham, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Global Health Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
Dr. Rebecca Dillingham is Associate Director of the Center. She is also an assistant professor of research and medicine in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia Medical School. Dr. Dillingham's research interests are HIV medicine in resource-limited settings, including Haiti, and global health education. She has written recently about the outcomes of patients on antiretroviral therapy in poor countries.
Dr. Dillingham majored in history and science at Harvard College. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia before serving as a fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health.
Long Engelhard, M.P.A.
Director, Health Policy Program
Carolyn Long Engelhard directs the Health Policy Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Ms. Engelhard’s academic activities include analyzing and monitoring changes in health policy at the federal and state governmental levels and teaching in both the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. Ms. Engelhard co-authored a book looking at the myths surrounding the U.S. health care system, and completed a national project in conjunction with the nonpartisan Urban Institute examining the use of public policies to reduce obesity.
More recently, Ms. Engelhard co-authored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine examining health insurance premium rating regulation under the new health care reform bill, completed a textbook chapter examining the effect of the new law on health care organizations, and co-authored several op-ed articles for the Houston Chronicle on health reform and the 2012 presidential election.
G. Epstein, R.N., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Epstein is a graduate of the University of Rochester and University of Virginia. She was a neonatal intensive care nurse for 8 years until she completed her doctorate in Nursing at the University of Virginia in 2007. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Nursing where she teaches ethics and pharmacology and conducts research on the ethical aspects of the provider-parent relationship in pediatric and neonatal critical care. She is Chair of the Affinity Group for Nursing, a specialty group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She serves on the Ethics Consult Service and the Ethics Committee and leads the Moral Distress Consult Service at UVA.
Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention of Virginia
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Gertrude Fraser was a Program Officer in higher education at the Ford Foundation (2000-2003), where she spearheaded initiatives on diversity in higher education and interdisciplinary programming in women's and African American studies. From 1998-2000, she was Director of the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African American and African Studies at UVA.
She is the author of African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory. She has presented to numerous conferences and workshops on diversity and leadership in higher education. Her scholarship and administrative mission are joined in her passion for helping others to tell their stories and identify their strengths within an organization and in their everyday lives.
Ms. Fraser earned degrees from Bryn Mawr College and The Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Doctorate in Anthropology.
Mary E. Gibson, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Assistant Chair, Dept. of Family, Community and Mental Health
Assistant Director, Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry
In the School of Nursing, Mary E. Gibson teaches Nursing Care of Women and the Childbearing Family as well as Introduction to the World of Nursing to undergraduate students and Health Assessment of Communities to Master’s students in the Public Health Nursing Leadership program. Mary’s continuing research focus is the history of healthcare and nursing, specifically, the origins of early twentieth century care of children with orthopedic disabilities, which she studied for her doctoral work at University of Pennsylvania.
Medical Faculty, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Dr. Groninger currently serves as a staff clinician in the National Institutes of Health Pain and Palliative Care Service since 2011 where he conducts patient care, actively teaches students, residents, and fellows as faculty in the fellowship program, and participates in research activities. Prior to this, he served as Senior Medical Director of Capital Hospice, and as the founding Medical Director for Palliative Care at the Washington Hospital Center (both in Washington, DC). After completing his medical degree and training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, Dr. Groninger successfully completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Capital Hospice.
As a clinician-educator, Dr. Groninger is a Master Facilitator with
the education for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Program at
Northwestern University and Faculty Affiliate at the UVA Center for
Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities. His professional interests
include communication skills, mindfulness training, and the medical
Julie A. Haizlip, M.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Dr. Huff has been at the UVA Medical School with primary appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine since the establishment of that department and residency training program in 1995. Dr. Huff is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine and neurology with teaching and research interests in the overlap areas between those two specialties.
Christie Jett graduated with a B.A. from the University of
Virginia’s Human Biology program in 2007 and went on to earn her
M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia in
2009. She has since returned to Charlottesville and now works as a
pediatric genetic counselor at the University of Virginia Health
System. She coordinates the undergraduate shadowing experience in the
Department of Pediatric Genetics and continues to be active in the
Human Biology program as a guest lecturer in the Capstone Seminar
Deborah G. Johnson
Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing
Director, Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry Chair, Acute & Specialty Care Department Acute Care NP Program Coordinator
Dr. Arlene Keeling received her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Virginia, and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research. Dr. Keeling is the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She is director of the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Department Chair of Acute and Specialty Care, coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, and interim director of the PhD Program.
Dr. Keeling's clinical experience is in acute coronary care nursing. Dr. Keeling established herself nationally as a researcher in a series of studies on “Time-in-Bed” after interventional cardiac procedures (Time in Bed Studies, I to IV). Published and cited in numerous journals, this research has changed practice in cardiac units throughout the country.
Dr. Keeling’s major research work at the present time is in nursing history. She and her colleagues recently completed a book on the history of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for their 40th anniversary. She is also the award-winning author of Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000, which chronicles the history of advanced practice nursing with special emphasis on nurse’s role in dispensing, furnishing and prescribing medications. That work was funded by the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Keeling is currently researching the history of nursing in the 1918 influenza pandemic, and has recently joined Dr. Howard Markel’s team at the University of Michigan in their work on the 1918 flu pandemic.
As past President of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Dr. Keeling initiated two grants to support nursing historical scholarship. In addition, she collaborated with colleagues in the United Kingdom to set up an international conference on nursing history held in London in 2010.
Ann L. Kellams, M.D.,
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics
Medical Director, Newborn Nursery and the Breastfeeding Medicine Program
Co-Director, and The Healer’s Art
Dr. Kellams has been co-director and faculty member of The Hear’s Art at UVA since its inception in 2003. The Healer’s Art is a course for medical students, nursing students, faculty, and community physicians that explores the meaning of medicine as a profession. It uses techniques such as the collective wisdom of the group, self-reflection, small group discussions, unconditional listening, and discovery to explore topics such as sharing grief and honoring loss, awe in medicine, service, and caring for ourselves as providers. She has also taught in the Call of Medicine fourth year elective as well as in the Cells to Society course for first-year medical students on these same topics, and recently co-authored a chapter on the importance of meaning for leaders in academic medicine.
Joan Echtenkamp Klein,
Associate Director and Curator for Historical Collections & Services, UVA Health Sciences Library
Joan has been Associate Director and Curator for Historical Collections & Services at the Health Sciences Library since its inception as a department in 1982. She directs all aspects of numerous Historical Collections & Services programs. Joan heads an active exhibits program and creates many web exhibits as well as physical exhibits in-house. Both web-based and in-house exhibits focus on the history of the health sciences and feature materials from the library’s Historical Collections, including medical and surgical artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and photographs. The web exhibits generate numerous requests from patrons worldwide who use the collection’s images and information in their research, writing, teaching, and publishing.
Joan facilitates collaboration between Historical Collections and classes and groups from the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the University, providing access to primary sources, historical context for current issues, and creating exhibits and presentations featuring topically relevant materials and content. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine, and selects speakers and topics for the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series, held in conjunction with the Medical Center Hour.
Christopher B. Krentz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Director, American Sign Language Program
Christopher Krentz is assistant professor of English and American Sign Language and is director of the ASL Program at the University of Virginia. He is author of Writing Deafness and editor of A Mighty Change: An Anthology of Deaf American Writing, 1816-1864.
John S. Battle Professor of Law
F. D. G. Ribble Professor of Law
Julia D. Mahoney teaches courses in property, government finance, constitutional law and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Yale Law School, she joined the University of Virginia faculty as an associate professor in 1999 and is now John S. Battle Professor of Law. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and before entering the legal academy, practiced law at the New York firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Her scholarly articles include works on land preservation, eminent domain, health care reform and property rights in human biological materials.
Professor Mahoney received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Marzani Nissen, M.D.
Assistant Professor Psychiatric Medicine
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Gabrielle Marzani Nissen received her medical degree at the State University of New York At Stony Brook. She was trained in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, joining the faculty in 2003. Her interests have long been with working with the homeless and underserved. Her clinical activities dovetail medicine and psychiatry, focusing on medically ill patients. Currently she
is active in the Medical School’s integrated curriculum through a course called Clinical Performance Development, where she and a co-mentor work in a small group one afternoon a week. She is the recipient of the 2006 American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical School Education and the 2007 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award.
From 2003-2005, she was the Cancer Center Psychiatrist for the University of Virginia, working primarily for patients with brain tumors. Since 2000, she has been the HIV Psychiatrist for the University of Virginia’s Ryan White Clinic. She has been a Research Subject Advocate for the General Clinical Research Center, the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Pharmacology Unit and the Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. She is the Quality Officer for the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Her interests include HIV Psychiatry, Psycho-oncology, Physician as Patient and Patient Quality and Safety. She teaches, lectures and has written on these and other topics.
Sue McCoy, M.D., Ph.D.,
Before her retirement, Dr. McCoy was Professor of Surgery and adjunct faculty in Biochemistry at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. She was an active member of the ethics committee and consult service at Johnson City Medical Center and Mountain Home VA Hospital, teaching hospitals for East Tennessee State University. Dr. McCoy worked with ETSU family medicine and philosophy professors to teach clinical ethics to ethics committee members in small community hospitals in rural Southwest Virginia for several years.
At UVa, Dr. McCoy has served as a mentor in the Clinical Performance Development course for medical students and in the precursor course, Practice of Medicine, for about seven years. She has also been the community member of UVa Hospital's Ethics Committee since 2001 and a regular attendee of the Ethics Consult Service meetings.
Dr. McCoy received A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Radcliffe College, her Ph.D, Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, and her M.D. at UVA. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
David B. Morris,
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
During his tenure at UVA, Professor Morris held an appointment in both English and Medicine. He has written two prize-winning books on British literature—including Alexander Pope: The Genius of Sense (1984), which won the annual award for best book by the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.
His work on pain began with the influential book The Culture of Pain (1991), which won a prestigious PEN prize. He has subsequently lectured and written widely in the field of pain medicine—including chapters in Evidence-Based Chronic Pain Management (2010) and in Bonica’s Management of Pain (4th edn). His work in pain has expanded to include a broader interest in so-called biocultural studies, which he explores further in three texts: Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age (1998); Narrative, Pain, and Suffering (2005), co-edited with pain specialists Daniel Carr and John Loeser; and in “Unforgetting Asclepius: An Erotics of Illness,” in New Literary History (2007).
His broad interest in narrative—including but not restricted to its
relation to pain—is reflected in the book he published in 1995 about an
anti-driftnet mission in the north Pacific with environmental activist
Captain Paul Watson, entitled Earth Warrior. He has also
written a narrative nonfiction account of his experience as primary
caregiver during the serious illness of his wife, Ruth. He currently
lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mohan Nadkarni, M.D.
Debra Nystrom has published three books of poems, Bad River
Road (2009) and Torn Sky (2003), both from Sarabande Books,
and A Quarter Turn (1991) from Sheep Meadow Press. Her work has
been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best
American Poetry, and has received awards from Five Points, The
Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Virginia Commission for the
Arts, and The Library of Virginia. She teaches in the Creative Writing
Program at the University of Virginia.
Christine M. Peterson, M.D.
Director of Gynecology, Student Health, University of Virginia
Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Brown University and Tufts University
School of Medicine. Following residency in obstetrics and gynecology at
the University of Chicago, fellowship at Michael Reese Hospital, and
private practice, she joined the UVA faculty as director of gynecology
at Student Health. She is now also associate professor of clinical
obstetrics and gynecology and assistant dean for medical education and
is engaged in much medical student teaching. Dr. Peterson received
UVA's Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award in 2001. She is faculty
adviser to the local chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Gordon R. Putnam
M.L.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, UVA School of Architecture
Co-director, Center for Design and Health
Reuben Rainey has taught in the School of Architecture for 34 years and is a former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. His present courses focus on the design of various types of healthcare facilities, including buildings and healing gardens. As Co-Director of the School of Architecture's Center for Design and Health he is also engaged in a number of research projects centering on the design of patient-centered medical facilities and healthy neighborhoods and cities. A former professor of religious studies at Columbia University and Middlebury College, he entered the field of landscape architecture in mid-career. His publications cover a wide range of topics, including Italian Renaissance Gardens, 19th and 20th century urban parks, and the work of 20th-century American landscape architects. A documentary filmmaker as well, he co-produced the PBS series GardenStory, depicting the way gardens improve the lives of individuals and their communities. A recipient of five teaching awards, he is also a member of the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is currently at work on a post-occupancy study of the design features of an innovative cancer hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He also serves on the art committees of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and the University of Virginia Hospital.
Professor Rainey received his A.B. from Duke University, his M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary, his M.L.A. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Foster Riley, J.D.
Professor of Law, UVA School of Law
Margaret Foster Riley is Professor of Law at the University of
Virginia School of Law where she teaches in the areas of Bioethics,
Food and Drug Law, Health Law, Animal Law and Public Health Law.
She also has secondary appointments in the Department of Public Health
Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and in the
Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She is a graduate
of Duke University and Columbia University Law School and was a
litigation associate at Rogers & Wells in New York and Pepper
Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelphia prior to joining the faculty at
Virginia. Her areas of interest include health institutions and reform,
biomedical ethics and research, food and drug law, genomics,
reproductive technologies, stem cell research, biotechnology, health
disparities and chronic disease.
Robert S. Rust, M.D.
John Schorling, M.D.
Suarez, S.J., Ph.D.
University Professor, Department of English
Director, Rare Books School
Honorary Curator of Special Collections at UVA
Suarez, a Jesuit priest, is professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. He became director of Virginia’s Rare Book School in 2009, following the retirement of its founder, Terry Belanger.
A former Marshall Scholar, Suarez has won several awards for his poetry, including Oxford’s Sir Roger Newdigate Prize, as well as for bibliography and literary criticism. He holds two bachelor’s degrees (with majors in biology, English, and sociology), four master’s degrees in English and theology, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Oxford.
Suarez is a former president of the Northeast American Society for
18th-Century Studies. Among his many scholarly works is an edition
of Robert Dodsley’s Collection of Poems by Several Hands
(1748-58), a best-selling poetry anthology in 18th-century Britain. He
has co-edited The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain,
Volume 5, 1695-1830, and The Oxford Companion to the Book. He is
general co-editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley
Hopkins (Oxford University Press).
Gregory Townsend, M.D.
Senior Staff Clinician, Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Health
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Dr. Triana is the former Division Head of Mental Health Services and former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health. In the Department of Psychiatry, he currently teaches Psychodynamic theory and practice to PGY III residents. His theoretical area of interest is in the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and neurobiology science. Clinically, he provides treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. His specialty is late adolescence development and combat trauma in veterans.
At the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, he is the faculty director for Medical Spanish and Culture. He also teaches first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine course.
He received a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work. Dr. Triana also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. His education includes a four year fellowship in the Mental Health Division at Yale University Health Services, and completion of psychoanalytic training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he continues his affiliation as faculty.
As a marine sergeant long range reconnaissance patrol leader, he
served for two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded a Bronze Star
for valor. He was raised in a New York inner city barrio and comes from
a family of Cuban immigrants and refugees.
Karen Ventura, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Center for Economic and Policy Studies at the Weldon Cooper Center
Professor Wanchek currently conducts economic and legal research projects related to mental health, oral health, advanced dementia treatment, and cleft lip and palate. She received her B.A. in economics at the University of California, Davis, Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in 2003, and J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006.
Andrew C. Wicks,
Ruffin Professor of Business Administration
Director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics Director, Doctoral Program at the Darden School of Business
Professor Wicks is co-author of three books including Managing for Stakeholders: Survival, Reputation and Success (2007, Yale University Press); Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach (2010, Prentice Hall); and Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art (2010, Cambridge University Press. He has published over 30 journal articles, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of journals in business ethics, management and the humanities.
His research interests include stakeholder responsibility, stakeholder theory, trust, health care ethics, total quality management and ethics and entrepreneurship. He works with MBA students, executives and corporations in the United States and abroad. Wicks is actively working with Ethics-LX, an entrepreneurial venture, to create a series of web-based simulations that incorporate ethics into the functional areas of business. He is also academic advisor for the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies department at UVA. He has received awards for both his research and teaching.
Wicks joined the Darden faculty in 2002 after teaching for 10 years
at the University of Washington Graduate Business School.
Brian Wispelwey, M.D.
Bradford B. Worrall,
Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Neurology
Vice-Chair for Clinical Research
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Bradford B. Worrall is currently associate professor of neurology and public health sciences at the University of Virginia, where he serves as the associate medical director of the Stroke Service and director of the Acute Stroke Intervention Team. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Public Health Genomics and serves as an associate editor of the journal Neurology.
His clinical practice is focused in cerebral vascular (stroke) neurology. In addition to general stroke care, he has a special interest in genetic causes of stroke and stroke in the young. His time with patients includes both usual care and clinical research activities in the inpatient, outpatient and emergency department settings.
Yensan, LCSW, CCTSW
Clinical Social Worker, Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center
Ms. Yensan has been a clinical social worker for over 30 years. Her career has primarily been in academic medical centers, which allow a dynamic learning environment for her to focus on her passion of clinical work. In her clinical work, she has always involved collaborative interactions with medical, nursing and social work students.
Prior to coming to UVA in 1990, she worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she worked with colleagues to develop a course on the “Social Component of Illness” which was taught to first year medical students. Her clinical work in an outpatient dialysis unit provided social work services to over 200 outpatient chronic dialysis patients in a large urban setting.
She came to UVA in 1990 to join the Transplant Program in its earliest stages of growth. She worked as one of the liver transplant social workers for both adult and pediatric populations. In 1992, she created an elective for fourth year medical students under the supervision of Dr. Hook, who was then the Director of the Program of Humanities in Medicine. She has also spent several years as a mentor for the “Practice of Medicine” course for first year medical students. For the past 11 years, she have sponsored a student each semester in the undergraduate bioethics internship seminar through the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.