Program Leadership

Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship 
Danielle Noreika, MD

Division Chair, Division of Hematology, Oncology & Palliative Medicine
Steven Grossman, MD, PhD

Program Director, Danielle Noreika, MD

Dr. NoreikaDr. Danielle Noreika is the Medical Director of Palliative Services and an Associate Professor of Medicine in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care.  Dr. Noreika also serves as the Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

She received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.  After completing residency she remained active duty in the US Navy prior to honorable discharge after almost 10 years of service in order to pursue fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at VCU in 2009. 

Dr. Noreika has published peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters on palliative care, quality of life, and symptom management.  Her areas of focus are applying technology to palliative care (telemedicine, Project ECHO, and the Avatar project) and education of the future palliative physician workforce.

Danielle Noreika, MD
Associate Professor 
Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Division Chair, Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Dr. GrossmanSteven R. Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers, joined VCU in July 2011 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Grossman received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical School affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and completed a fellowship in medical oncology and postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of David Livingston, M.D., at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Dr. Grossman, the Deputy Director and Dianne Nunnally Hoppes Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, is a researcher and physician with specific clinical and research interests in gastrointestinal cancers. He is also an accomplished scientist who currently holds a National Institutes of Health grant to support his research examining the role of tumor suppressor proteins in cancer. Building on this research, he is developing a potentially new way of treating pancreatic cancer.

As deputy director of Massey Cancer Center, Grossman will lead the planning and development of disease-specific scientific research groups; oversee clinical oncology interactions; and develop strategic initiatives in new multidisciplinary research areas. All of these activities are of great importance to the cancer center and will help position Massey for success during the next National Cancer Institute competitive review in 2016, where the center hopes to achieve Comprehensive status, the highest level of NCI Designation.

Dr. Grossman is a past recipient of a Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society, the Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, and a Howard Temin Award in Cancer Research from the National Cancer Institute. Both prestigious grants support the work of researchers advancing the understanding of basic cancer biology and the development of new methods for its prevention and treatment.

Dr. Grossman is Director of the ABIM research track and an active participant on the M.D., Ph.D. Steering Committee and also serves as Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line for the VCU Health System.

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Division of Hematology, Oncology & Palliative Medicine