2019 Celebration of Excellence

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!