Institute for Women’s Health

Established in 1999 with approval from the Board of Visitors, the VCU Institute for Women’s Health seeks to improve the health of women through education, research, clinical care, community outreach and leadership development. The Institute was created to bring together these diverse activities, create synergy within VCU and foster coordinated alliances with the greater community.

In 2003, these efforts were rewarded when the Institute for Women’s Health was designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a National Center of Excellence. The National Centers of Excellence serve as models for medical centers across the U.S. in providing innovative, comprehensive, multidisciplinary and integrated health care systems for women.

While the Women’s Health Center at Stony Point serves as the heart of our nationally recognized multidisciplinary services, specialized servicesare provided to women throughout the medical center including a state-of-the-art breast health center and women’s surgical wing at the VCU Medical Center.

Women’s Health Center

The Women’s Health Center at Stony Point has served as the School of Medicine’s one-stop shop for the delivery of multidisciplinary services to women in the Richmond area since 1993. With more than 20,000 annual patient visits, health promotion and disease prevention services are provided in addition to coordinated and comprehensive primary and specialty care for physical and mental health problems.

The Women’s Health Center provides state-of-the-art comprehensive multidisciplinary women’s health care, serving as the premier women’s health service for the greater Richmond community and as a national model of excellence.

Health Team

The Women’s Health Center at Stony Point includes a team of physicians (obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, plastic and breast surgery, and genetics), nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurses, nutritionists, ultrasound and bone densitometry technicians, and genetic counselors. Mental health services are essential and integrated into the comprehensive services available to women. A full range of screening and diagnostic breast health services are available on site, including mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy. In addition, the Women’s Health Center offers a bone health clinicwith an expert endocrinologist and on-site state-of-the-art bone densitometry.

Specialty Areas

Although numerous specialties are represented within the Women’s Health Center at Stony Point, some patients require referrals to additional specialties. The Stony Point facility houses clinical specialists in gastroenterology, cardiology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, sports medicine, rheumatology, dermatology and physical therapy, among others.

The referral authorization is available online to specialists throughout the academic medical center. Because the entire Stony Point facility, including the Women's Health Center, uses a single medical record system, the on-site specialists have immediate access to the primary care records within the master medical record.


Susan G. Kornstein, M.D.
Professor of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology
Executive director
Institute for Women's Health
(804) 828-5637

RaShel Charles, MPH
Director of Grants Management
VCU Institute for Women's Health
PO Box 980319
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0319
Fax: 804-827-0957

For more information visit the Institute for Women’s Health website.