Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA
Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, FAHA, is the inaugural Chair of the Division of Hospital Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. He had joined the VCU Department of Internal Medicine on November 1, 2016, as the Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine. Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Qayyum attended medical school at King Edward Medical College before coming to the U.S. to continue his medical education. He completed his residency at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, Connecticut. After residency, Dr. Qayyum practiced medicine for four years in West Virginia, in a region of the state underserved by medical professionals. Subsequently, he joined the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as an academic hospitalist and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Hopkins, Dr. Qayyum was an investigator in the GeneSTAR research program and received research funding from the National Institute of Health, American Heart Association, and the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. His research interests included platelet biology, antiplatelet agents, pharmacogenomics, and Next Gen RNA sequencing. Due to certain personal events, Dr. Qayyum decided to forgo career as a clinician-researcher and started on the path to a clinical leader. In 2014, he accepted a position as the Medical Director of the Academic Hospitalist Program and Associate Professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition to directing the hospitalist program, Dr. Qayyum focused on clinical research around patient-centered outcomes. Dr. Qayyum believes that academic institutions are not only responsible for providing cutting edge, most efficient, safe, and timely healthcare to their patients irrespective of their race or gender, but are also responsible for training next generation of clinicians, advancement of knowledge through research, and communication of advances in clinical knowledge. Thus, his goal as Chair of the Division of Hospital medicine is threefold: to continue the excellent clinical care provided by the VCU hospitalists, to become a national leader in patient safety, to continue to lead in teaching and medical education, and to strengthen the national recognition of the Hospital Medicine Program among academia.