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New development in epidemiologic methods and future research

Xinguang "Jim" Chen, MD, PhD, FACE | Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions & College of Medicine Department of Epidemiology 


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Saba Masho

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:05:00 EDT

We are working to create options for those who want to make donations in her honor. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Rajczewski ( or 804-628-0180).

Dr. Masho photoDivision Chair, Professor, teacher, and mentor Dr. Saba Masho passed away on May 28, 2018, after a lengthy illness.  A vital member of the Division of Epidemiology (formerly known as the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health) since 2001, Dr. Masho served as an inspiration to countless faculty members, staff, and perhaps most importantly, graduate students.  As family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate her life, it became evident how many lives she impacted in myriad ways. In addition to the importance and far-reaching significance of her work, her guidance, friendship, and kindness were particularly meaningful to all who crossed paths with her.

We will honor her by ensuring that the Epidemiology Division that she chaired will grow and prosper, inspired by her memory.  We are working to create options for those who want to make donations in her honor. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Rajczewski ( or 804-628-0180).


Message from School of Medicine Dean Peter Buckley

Master of Public Health Students Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas Featured in SOM News for Internship Achievements

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:52:21 EST

Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas featured in SOM News for internship Achievements

All MPH students complete a 180-hour internship to engage them in real-life public health work, making substantive contributions to the organizations where they work. Recently, Em Stephens and Amelia Thomas completed major projects that will have a lasting impact for the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and the Virginia Department of Health.

Read the full article on the School of Medicine website


Sterling Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP (M’92, H’95) Elected to AAFP Board of Directors

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:22:00 EST

Sterling Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP (M’92, H’95) Elected to serve on American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors

Sterling Ransone, Jr., M’92, H’95, was recently elected to serve as a Director on the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.  Dr. Ransone, a graduate of the VCU Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program, is a third-generation family physician in Deltaville, Virginia, and he is an assistant clinical professor in the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health.  Congratulations, Dr. Ransone!


Dr. Ransone's profile on the AAFP website


Sterling N. Ransone Elected to AAFP Board of Directors

Dr. Mark Ryan and other members of his VCU team reflect on medical trip to Puerto Rico

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:39:15 EST

Dr. Mark Ryan & Team Visit Puerto Rico

Mark Ryan, MD, and an interdisciplinary team comprised of VCU clinicians and students traveled to Puerto Rico in December and learned a great deal while providing care to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico last month. Perhaps two of the greatest lessons: Even months after the September storm caused a humanitarian crisis, the situation on the island is still changing rapidly and health needs — especially mental health needs — will continue for a long time.

It was like life was on standby:” reflections on the December 2017 trip to Puerto Rico (via VCU News)

Read about the preparation for the trip, in a VCU News article from December 2017

Drugs, alcohol, and suicides contributing to alarming drop in life expectancy, Dr. Steve Woolf argues

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:40:08 EST

Drugs, alcohol, and suicide contribute to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy

Drugs, alcohol, and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, according to an editorial co-authored by Steven Woolf, MD, director of VCU’s Center on Society and Health. The editorial, titled “Failing Health of the United States,” was published in the British Medical Journal on Feb. 7.

Read full VCU News article

Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley Honored as 2017 VCU Alumni Star

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:10:00 EST

Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley Honored as 2017 VCU Alumni Star

In November 2017, Dr. Elizabeth-Prom Wormley, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was honored as a recipient of the 2017 VCU Alumni Star award. As noted at the celebration, “Throughout the worlds of art, business, education, service and health care, Virginia Commonwealth University alumni shine in all areas of human endeavor, illuminating problems, creating solutions and strengthening the quality of our lives. VCU Alumni is honored to recognize 15 alumni for their career and humanitarian achievements and for the infinite possibilities they bring to the future.”   Congratulations, Dr. Prom-Wormley!


Dr. Prom-Wormley's video shown at the event


Dr. Prom-Wormley PHD

I2CRP Program and Alumnus Dr. Richard “Rick” Moore II, class of 2011 Featured in the AAMC Premed Navigator

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:39:32 EST

I2CRP Program and Alumnus Dr. Richard “Rick” Moore II Featured in AAMC Premed Navigator


VCU SOM’s International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship Program (I2CRP) brings together like-minded students who want to make an impact on underserved communities. Program Director Mary Lee Magee describes the success of one student who credits the I2CRP program with putting him on the path to treating patients in some of North Carolina’s most impoverished counties.


Medical School Spotlight: The Path to Serving the Underserved at VCU School of Medicine


In Memory of Fitzhugh Mayo, MD

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:10:00 EST

Contributions can be made online at (click on Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice in the drop down box) or by check payable to the MCV Foundation, Box 980022, Richmond, Va. 23298. Please note 'Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice' in the memo line of your check.

Fitzhugh Mayo, MD passed away on 11-11-17.  He was recruited from his private practice in Virginia Beach by Dean Kinlough Nelson to become the founding Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at MCV in 1970, and served in that role until 1987.  The MCV Department was one of the first six in the country, and Hugh was deservedly seen as one of the founding fathers of the discipline.  During his tenure the Department established residency programs in Newport News, Blackstone, Fairfax, Virginia Beach, and Chesterfield.  Along with David Marsland and Maurice Wood, Hugh was an author of "VirginiaStudy (ADA Compliant)" which compiled over 450,000 visits to family physicians across the Commonwealth and thereby established an accurate picture of the content of family medicine.  This served as an essential guide for undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the discipline as well as continuing practice-based research.  In recognition of this, the American Academy of Family Physicians awarded him the Thomas Johnson Award for lifetime contribution to Family Medicine education.  Hugh also served as the President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.  The family wishes any memorial contributions be made to support the Harris-Mayo Chair in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU.  Contributions can be made online at (click on Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice in the drop down box) or by check payable to the MCV Foundation, Box 980022, Richmond, Va. 23298. Please note 'Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Practice' in the memo line of your check.

M2, Lipi Gupta's Hombre Travelogue

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:31:00 EDT

"I might help heal someone this week"

Each summer, dozens of rising second-year VCU medical students travel with a medical brigade known as HOMBRE.

Started more than 15 years ago on the MCV Campus, it's grown over the years to include four sites in Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Peru. In June, the Class of 2019's Lipi Gupta was research coordinator for the Dominican Republic trip. She's given us a window into her experience.

Lipi's Travelogue

Dr. Steven Cohen wins School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:46:00 EDT

Dr. Steven Cohen wins teaching award

Image of Dr. CohenWe are happy to announce that Dr. Steven Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Teaching Award for "Best Teacher" during the 2014-2015 academic year in the M2 Scientific Foundations of Medicine Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine Division.  He will receive a teaching pin award, a certificate, and $100 for educational development.

Dr. Cohen will be presented the Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2015 School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 p.m. in the Kontos Medical Sciences Building.

Congratulations on your award Dr. Cohen!

Division of Epidemiology Honors and Awards

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:02:00 EDT

Faculty awards and appointments

Dr. Masho honored by Birth Matters Virginia

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:50:00 EDT

Dr. Masho honored by Birth Matters Virginia

Congratulations to Dr. Saba Masho on being chose by Birth Matters Virginia as their 2015 Advocate of the Year!

We are all very excited that Dr. Masho is being honored for her dedication to eliminating health disparities and improving the healthcare of underserved pregnant women. In particular, Dr. Masho is being honored for her role as principal investigator with the Strong Start grant in Virginia.

The 2015 Advocate of the Year Award Celebration will be held Sunday, November 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at City Space in Charlottesville, Virginia.

SFMA Wins AAFP Program of Excellence

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:29:00 EDT

For the 6th Consecutive Year...

The School of Medicine’s Student Family Medicine Association has been honored for a sixth consecutive year with the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Program of Excellence Award, which honors medical student organizations that generate interest in family medicine. Although the AAFP received a record number of entries for the award this year, the SFMA remained ranked on the list as one of the 10 best programs in the country.  To see photos and read more.

AAFP Recognizes VCU Student Family Medicine Assocation

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:27:00 EDT

The VCU Student Family Medicine Association received the AAFP Program of Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year!


SFMA flyer

VCU Student Family Medicine Association (SFMA) received recognition for it's excellence in programming to expose medical students to family medicine.


LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 19 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as the 2015 Program of Excellence Award winners for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.  Award winners will be honored July 31 during the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

FMIGs are medical school-sponsored, student and faculty-run organizations that give medical students a chance to learn more about family medicine through regular meetings, workshops, leadership development opportunities, and community and clinical experiences. The Program of Excellence Awards recognize FMIGs for their efforts to promote interest in family medicine and family medicine programming.

"Attracting medical students to the specialty of family medicine is critical to answer the ongoing primary care physician shortage,” said Clif Knight, MD, vice president of education at the AAFP. “Excellent FMIGs such as these award winners are an important component in these efforts. They’re essential to helping medical students understand the professional challenge and satisfaction of being a family physician.
“All of this year’s award winners have done outstanding work giving students the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, develop leadership skills that will serve them in their future practices and communities, and better understand the vital role that family medicine plays in our health care system.”

The program received a record number of entries this year.  Full press release.

VCU fmScholar Selected for AAFP Foundations Emerging Leader Institute

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:17:00 EDT

Alexandra "Lex" Tee chosen to be one of 30 individuals to attend the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute

VCU fmScholar

Alexandra "Lex" Tee has been chosen from among 115 medical student and resident applicants to participate in the AAFP Foundation's Emerging Leaders Institute.  The Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute looks to identify Family Medicine residents and medical students who display leadership potential but may or may not have served in a leadership role. The Foundation’s intent is to help expand the number of future Family Medicine leaders and to provide valuable training to help equip them for this important work. The year-long leadership development program will bring together 30 participants following a competitive application process. It will include a $1,000 scholarship, plus the potential for additional $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships related to the project awards.

Participants will gather at AAFP headquarters following the 2015 National Conference for the full group training event, where they will be split into three tracks:

  1. Policy and Public Health Leadership
  2. Personal and Practice Leadership
  3. Philanthropy and Mission-Driven Leadership

An integral component of the FML Emerging Leader Institute is mentoring. After attending the Institute, residents and students will be assigned a mentor, who will provide guidance and support in the execution of the mentees’ projects. The completed projects will demonstrate leadership skill development while accomplishing important work related to the chosen track: Policy and Public Health Leadership, Personal and Practice Leadership, or Philanthropy and Mission-Driven Leadership. The mentor will not only provide guidance and support, but will serve as a role-model, reflecting those leadership attributes that the program is hoping to impart.

Lex, a second year student is also enrolled in the VCU Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admissions Track, fmSTAT



Dr. Kuzel becomes ADFM President

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:54:00 EST

Dr. Kuzel installed as President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine

ChairAnton Kuzel, M.D,. M.H.P.E., was installed as president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine during the organization’s annual winter meeting in Savannah, Ga. in February. Kuzel is a professor and the Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine.

At the meeting, he delivered the first address of his one-year tenure, taking the opportunity to focus on the importance of the triple aim of better health, better care and better value through lower costs.

“Changing how primary care is financed – moving away from fee-for-service towards comprehensive primary care capitation – will be essential for primary care to reach its full potential in helping us achieve the triple aim,” Kuzel told his audience. “Large, self-insured employers are already doing direct contracting with primary care practices because their workforce ends up being healthier, more productive and less costly in terms of health care. I see them as our natural partners to achieve true health care reform in the U.S.”

The ADFM represents chairs and senior administrators of 150 family medicine departments across the United States. In the coming year, Kuzel expects it to continue its partnership in a national effort backed by all the family medicine organizations called Family Medicine for America’s Health.

With the tagline “Health is Primary,” the initiative’s goal “is to engage the public and important stakeholders in moving us to a system of health care that focuses on prevention and keeps people healthy and productive, rather than one that rewards treatment of complications of advanced disease,” Kuzel said.

Kuzel earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his residency training in family medicine at MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. He is associate editor for Qualitative Health Research and co-editor of two books on qualitative and health services research. Kuzel joined the VCU medical school’s faculty in 1984, first at the VCU-Fairfax residency program site before coming to the MCV Campus in 1990.

See the article here.