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Carolyn A Peel, MD

Carolyn A Peel, MD

out of 5
220 Ratings


Family Medicine
Primary Care


Family Medicine and Population Health


Adult Outpatient Pavilion

1001 E. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Medical School

VCU School of Medicine


UPMC Shadyside Hospital


UPMC Shadyside Hospital


Building relationships to care for a lifetime

Dr. Carolyn Peel sees patients from birth to old age — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I went into medicine to promote health and assist patients in living their best lives,” says Dr. Peel, who practices family medicine. “I am most attached to the longstanding relationships and continuity with my patients and their families.”

In any given day in the office, she might do wellness examinations and immunization or care for patients for acute illness and injuries. A big part of her role is helping patients with chronic diseases – including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma, just to name a few – manage living with those conditions. She’s trained in maternity care, but she usually refers those patients on to obstetricians after she’s confirmed the diagnosis.

“I’m the first line in treating all conditions – finding out what is the underlying problem, helping with ongoing management and referring to specialists when necessary,” said Dr. Peel, who serves as medical director for the VCU School of Medicine’s Family Medicine practice.

A cornerstone of family medicine is educating patients on making healthy choices to can prevent long-time issues from developing. “Regardless of all the medications and treatments we can offer, it’s still most important to take care of yourself,” she said “A healthy diet, moderate exercise, adequate sleep, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol and maintaining social connections go a long way toward maximizing our healthiest selves. This has been proven over and over again in many solid studies.”

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Peel is active in recruiting new medical students who are considering primary care practice. She is the medical director of VCU’s Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT), designed to identify and support students who are committed to the pursuit of a family medicine career. The program pairs med students with community providers in the first year of medical school. She has received numerous awards for both teaching and practice, letting future physicians learn from her. And Dr. Peel continues to explore better options for treating individuals with chronic pain and helping all patients navigate to get the health care they need.

“I spend the time that it takes to get to know my patients and develop a full picture of their life and health challenges,” she says. “Our team focuses most on caring for the whole person. This isn’t necessarily cutting edge, but it’s very necessary – and that sets us apart.”

Ratings & Reviews

220 Ratings

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Always Nice and professional, a Excellent doctor
September 2023
Dare I say that Dr. Peel makes a trip to the doctors almost enjoyable...
August 2023
July 2023
I love Dr. Carolyn PEEL she's the best in my eyesight been with her over 20 years
July 2023
Dr. Peel is a great doctor!!! She expresses genuine care and concern regarding my health! I love her!!!
June 2023
Very knowledgeable about all my health issues & prescribed medication best for me.
April 2023
April 2023
Excellent experience.
March 2023
dr. Peel, is an exceptional provider. I feel safe and well cared for.
January 2023
I never had any bad experience I always had good experience.
November 2022
Dr. Peel was incredibly supportive and caring, and provided realistic expectations for my current illness. I always feel well cared for and trust that I am being fully listened to during each visit.
October 2022
I think Dr Peel is the best PCP. She is authentic, compassionate, patient centered & an all around excellent clinician.
August 2022
Dr. Peel is awesome.
August 2022
I was so impressed with Dr. Peel. Full of empathy and knowledge with the right amount of straightforwardness/candor to get her points across. I would highly recommend her.
August 2022
Good experience.
August 2022
Dr. Peel is one of the best care providers I have ever had the pleasure to work with in my 66 years.
July 2022
Dr. Peel was substituting for Dr. Bradner who is my PCP. She kept in touch with Dr. Bradner, and ultimately made the referral that I needed. Dr. Peel went above and beyond the call of duty linking me up with the referral provider very very soon, rather than first try of 6 months out.
July 2022
My provider Dr. Peel is a great doctor. She explains everything I need to know about my health, prescriptions. An I feel like I'm in good hands with her as well as my children.
July 2022
Very good.
May 2022
Dr. Peel is the GREATEST! I recommendedr her to my wife and (adult) son. They agree.
February 2022
Dr. Peel is wonderful!
November 2021
I am continually astonished at the kindness, competence, respect and approachability of Dr. Peel. To me she is an exemplar of the best a family physician can be and takes it to a new level I did not know feasible or possible. She treats my family and helps us in a truly holistic paradigm. She has been my PCP for perhaps a decade and continues to keep me as healthy as possible and improve my and my family's quality of life. Her care is what keeps me coming back to VCU Health as well as using your other providers.
July 2021
She is the BEST
July 2021
Long time patient of Dr. Peel.
June 2021
I was very happy with the care that I received.
June 2021
I was offered choices... great consult.
May 2021
At my age I will be lost if I lose Dr. Peel. She understand me
April 2021
Dr Peel is awesome
March 2021
Never had any bad experience all ways had good experience.
March 2021
February 2021
Dr. Peel always spends time getting to know what my issues really are, and knows my whole family. She is kind, patient, thorough, and addresses all of my needs.
January 2021
Dr Peel has been my doctor for many years and she's the best.
January 2021
Dr. Peel always allows me to explain my concerns, and gives me feedback related to my concerns and/or her concerns.
January 2021
The doctor listened to my concerns and tool me her suggested course of treatment.
December 2020