Derek Leiner, MD

Associate Program Director- Quality and Safety

Derek Leiner, MDDivision of Hospital Medicine

Department: Internal Medicine


Derek Leiner grew up in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia.  He attended University of Virginia where he majored in biomedical engineering.  Initial plans for a life in engineering and research were upended after one summer experience in a free clinic.  He worked as a Scribe in the UVA Emergency Department while finishing up med school prerequisites.  He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC for medical school.  On the interview trail, he was immediately drawn to VCU for its innovative scheduling structure, exciting morning report, exposure to a broad variety of diagnoses, and the camaraderie among the housestaff.  He graduated from VCU's internal medicine residency in 2017 and completed a chief medicine resident year in 2018.  He subsequently joined the faculty at the McGuire VA Hospital as an academic hospitalist.  He also became an Associate Program Director for the VCU Internal Medicine program overseeing the quality, safety, and performance improvement.  He serves as the chair of the Patient Safety Committee at the VA.  His academic interests include curricular development and innovation, especially related to safety culture, housestaff psychological safety in medical error, and collaborative care.  He is the faculty mentor of the IM Resident QI Council.  

Outside of work, Derek enjoys mindfulness practice, traveling, hiking around Richmond and the James River with his two dogs, and trying to bake the most creative things from British Baking Show.  Derek and his spouse live on the south side of Richmond. They welcomed a son in March 2019.  


  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2009)
  • M.D - Medical University of South Caroline, Charloteson, SC (2014)

Clinical Training

  • Internship & Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2014-2017)
  • Chief Medical Resident - Quality and Patient Safety - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2017-2018)

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2017-2018
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2018 - present

Academic Interests

  • Collaborative Care
  • Humanism in Medicine
  • Quality and Safety Curriculum Development

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