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Carolyn A Peel, MD

out of 5
217 Ratings
27 Comments

Specialty

Family Medicine
Primary Care

Department

Family Medicine and Population Health

Locations

Nelson Clinic

401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Education

Medical School

VCU School of Medicine

Internship

UPMC Shadyside Hospital

Residency

UPMC Shadyside Hospital

Biography

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

217 Ratings
27 Comments

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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
Good
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
I never had any bad experience I always have good experience.
October 2020
Will recommend provider to family and friends.
September 2020
I think Dr Peel an exemplar of patient - Doctor relationship.
September 2020
Dr. Peel is the BOMB! [...] makes any visit comfortable & fun!!
July 2020
Excellent doctor who has provided excellent care over many years. She is careful on her use of prescriptions and has always been highly responsive to my various needs.
June 2020
I trust Dr. Peel. This is not a misguided trust. She provides me with sound advice regarding my health and her solutions whether it's medication or referral to another provider, she is on point.
January 2020
Dr. Peel provided excellent care!!!
January 2020
My first visit, changing practices, went well
December 2019
Dr. Peel is very respectful and approachable. Dr. Peel is also very through.
November 2019
Dr. Peel put my mind to ease, I was worried and she asked me right away, and I was told I did the right thing by coming in, but all was okay.
October 2019
I am very happy with the care that Dr. Peel provided me with and I think that Dr. Peel did an outstanding job seeing me.
October 2019
I give my doctor the world if I could. I thank God for her.
September 2019
good
August 2019
Dr. Peel is very respectful - puts patient at ease.
August 2019