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Here you will find information about the latest occurrences at the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Internal Medicine, as well as activities for students and faculty.  Check out Progress Notes, our department newsletter, where we highlight clinical, educational, research and quality improvement accomplishments, as well as events, employee news and honors.  Or, you can read up on our front-page news features to learn more about our faculty's great work.

The Department of Internal Medicine recently held it's 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  This night solidly confirms that we have an amazing Department filled with tremendous people!  Many of faculty and staff were able to attend and enjoy great conversation, laughter, celebration, wonderful music, and simply spending time with friends.  It was a memorable evening on multiple levels – starting with our wonderful VCU Health Orchestra and an authentic bagpiper welcome to our incoming Chair, Dr. Patricia Sime (she grew up in Scotland!).

This year we celebrated the tremendous importance of the Team by recognizing the many contributions of our superb staff colleagues and our amazing advanced practice providers.  We also celebrated the importance of “paying it forward” through incredible mentorship and supporting colleagues, residents, and students in our roles as caring clinician-educators.  While we officially recognized more than 20 individuals, there were more than 80 highly deserving nominees – and more importantly, the celebration reflected the fine work and dedication of all members of our department!

These individuals received awards – please congratulate them!

Excellence as  a Staff MemberDivision
Nargiza Kurbanova Hospital Medicine
Catherine Roberts Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
Jillian Rountree Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
Amber Spain Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

 

Excellence as an Advanced Practice ProviderDivision
Barton Bobb Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
Kevin Brigle Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
Nicole Carter Hospital Medicine
Katherine Mayer Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Sarah Paciulli Cardiology
Dana Steele Nephrology
Gail Weatherford General Internal Med

 

Excellence as a Clinician-EducatorDivision
Phoebe Ashley Cardiology
Adam Garber Hospital Medicine
Amanda George  General Internal Med
Megan Lemay General Internal Med
Kimberly Pedram Hospital Medicine
Gary Simmons Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care
Georgia McIntosh Hospital Medicine
George Moxley Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Michael P. Stevens  Infectious Diseases
Edmond P. Wickham, III  Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Edward J. Lesnefsky, Jr.  Cardiology
Domenic A. Sica  Nephrology

 

Inaugural Thames-Kontos Mentoring AwardDivision
Antonio Abbate                                                 Cardiology

 

There are many individuals to thank for making the Celebration of Excellence a tremendous success including Francesco Celi, Theresa Erichsen and the entire VCUHS Orchestra for spectacular music, Drs. Marc Thames and Hermes Kontos for their generous inaugural mentorship award and inspiring words, Dean Peter Buckley and Dr. John Nestler for their wise and uplifting comments, the members of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee for their very welcome assistance in selecting awardees, and to Leslie Bobb for her hours of effort to make it all happen.

Many thanks and congratulations to our Department!

The Department of Internal Medicine recently held it's 2018 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony on February 9, 2018 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  

The night was as promised, a wonderful evening of fun, food, music, collegiality, and celebration.  The theme of the evening was to celebrate the fantastic service that every member of our Department generously provides to our patients, to our institution, to medicine and science, and to our communities every day in so many different ways.  With your help we have identified faculty members who have gone above and beyond to provide truly exceptional service in 4 categories: Clinical Service, Administrative Service, Professional Service, and Community Service.  Although we are presenting awards to 26 individuals, in fact the entire evening is a celebration of what we do as a Department to improve the lives of others.

These individuals received awards – please congratulate them!

Clinical Service (service to our patients)
Division
Oveimar De La Cruz, MD       Infectious Diseases
Jason Kidd, MD                       Nephrology
Kristin Miller, MD                   Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Linda Abbey, MD                    Geriatric Medicine
R. Wesley Shepherd, MD        Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Nauman Chaudary, MD Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Anne King, MD Nephrology
Domenic Sica, MD Nephrology

 

Administrative Service (service to our institution)
Division
Vimal Mishra, MD Hospital Medicine
Markos Kashiouris, MD Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Heather Masters, MD Hospital Medicine
Danielle Noreika, MD Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Elizabeth Ripley, MD Nephrology
Richard Sterling, MD Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

 

Professional Service (service to medicine & science)
Division
Manpreet Malik, MD Hospital Medicine
Samira Shojaee, MD Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Fadi Salloum, PhD Cardiology
Lisa Ellis, MD General Internal Medicine
Steven Grant, MD Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Christopher Wise, MD Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology

 

Community Service (service to people in need)
Division
Brandon Frett, MD Hospital Medicine 
Jayanthi Koneru, MD Cardiology
Daniel Carl, MD Nephrology
Mary Helen Hackney, MD Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
Edmond Wickham, MD Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Alan Dow, MD Hospital Medicine

 

Many thanks and congratulations to our Department!