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Internal Medicine at VCU Health

VCU Health is an urban, comprehensive academic medical center in central Virginia established to preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cause and cure of diseases through innovative research, and to educate those who serve humanity.

Internal Medicine providers serve across eleven areas:

Faculty members of the department include leaders in professional societies, members of the American Association of Physicians and American Society for Clinical Investigation, and many who are rated as Top Doctors in Richmond and America’s Best Doctors. The department leads the School of Medicine in faculty who have been recognized with university-wide and School of Medicine awards for teaching, research and clinical excellence.

Research is very strong in the department with investigations in both the basic and clinical sciences, as well as health services research. Current annual research expenditures exceed $18.4 million, and the department was ranked 48th nationally in NIH funding in 2012. The faculty is actively involved in multidisciplinary research and education efforts through four distinct institutes and VCU’s NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the department has 29 endowed professorships.

VCU Health, combined with the one college and four health sciences schools (Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy), comprise the VCU Medical Center. With the resources of the VCU Medical Center, the Department of Internal Medicine is optimally poised to excel in all its missions. The VCU Medical Center provides medical care for a large portion of the indigent population of central Virginia and the commonwealth, while also serving as a tertiary and quaternary referral center for the Mid-Atlantic region extending from the Washington, D.C. metro area south into North Carolina and west into West Virginia.

VCU has championed an aggressive and impressive development of laboratory facilities, including Massey, the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Goodwin Research Laboratory; the Molecular Medicine Research Building; and Hermes Kontos Medical Science Building. In 2013, the new 200,000 square foot McGlothlin Medical Education Center opened. Designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei, this new School of Medicine facility provides modern classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories and dedicated floors designed and equipped for advanced simulation teaching and training.

I invite you to learn more about us by perusing this website.

Patricia Sime, M.D.
William Branch Porter Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

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