Program Leadership

Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship 
George F. Moxley, MD

Division Chair, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Program Director, George F. Moxley, MD

Dr. MoxleyDr. Moxley earned a bachelor of arts degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan KS, and then a medical degree from Washington University, Saint Louis. After completing internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, he completed rheumatology fellowship under Dr. Shaun Ruddy at VCU. He has been a rheumatology faculty member since 1983 and has served as rheumatology section chief at the McGuire VAMC. He is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology, and diagnostic laboratory immunology. His clinical role is attending rheumatologist at VCUHS. He has acted as program director since December 2012 and also has these educational roles:

  • Supervising and precepting in clinics and on inpatient consults
  • Attending conferences at which fellows present and learn
  • Helping to guide board review sessions
  • Assessing and aligning fellow curriculum along educational needs
  • Doing one-on-one tutorials about statistical, epidemiological, and basic science topics (thus contributing to journal club preparation)
  • Encouraging and guiding scholarship among fellows, and
  • Faculty and fellow development in medical education

His research and publication interests include genetics of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and aromatase-inhibitor arthralgia. He was an academic visitor on research/study leave to investigate osteoarthritis genetics at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, University of Oxford 2007-08.

His current national presence takes the form of serving as member of the Biospecimen Review and Allocation Committee for the Osteoarthritis Initiative, as invited reviewer for MKSAP17, and as invited faculty speaker for the ACR Maintenance of Certification courses in 2015 and 2016.

George Moxley, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship

Division Chair, Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Dr. SchwartzDr. Schwartz received his MD and PhD degrees in biochemistry from Washington University before completing an internal medicine residency at Barnes Hospital (Washington University, Saint Louis, MO) and fellowships in allergy and immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and diagnostic laboratory immunology at VCU. Schwartz joined the faculty at Harvard in 1980 as an assistant professor and moved to VCU in 1983, where he is now the Charles and Evelyn Thomas Professor of Medicine, chair of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Program Director of Allergy and Immunology.

At VCU, he has received awards for research and for technical innovation. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Schwartz has a strong national stature in allergy and clinical immunology and is known for investigation of mast cell and basophil biology. Of particular note is that he studied human α/β tryptases and developed immunoassays for tryptases as biomarkers of disorders involving mast cells. Physicians throughout the world now use the measurement of tryptase as a biomarker to assist with the diagnoses of systemic mastocytosis (a WHO criterion and FDA-approved for this purpose) and systemic anaphylaxis, to monitor mast cell cytoreductive therapy and to assess anaphylactic risk.

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD
Charles and Evelyn Thomas Professor of Medicine
Chair, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology