Improving the quality of health care for humanity through preeminent medical education

About the Program

Located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, the VCU School of Medicine is proud to train the next generation of skilled, compassionate physicians. With the support of our dedicated faculty and staff, graduates of our M.D. program match at a rate higher than the national average, allowing them to pursue careers across the full spectrum of medical specialties, advance health care through innovative research and become leaders within their chosen fields.

Careers in Medicine

Built on the foundation of AAMC materials, our four-year integrated program, Careers in Medicine, provides support and guidance during each phase of medical school. Through personality assessments, career-specific advising sessions, specialty workshops and residency match counseling, we will help you select and pursue the medical specialty that best suits you.

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We are invested not just in providing medical education, but in supporting you as you choose and pursue your career. From the moment you are accepted into our program, we are here to answer every question and celebrate every milestone on your journey to becoming a physician.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As healers, scientists, faculty and learners in the VCU School of Medicine, we have a responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. Cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is essential in fulfilling our mission to improve the quality of health care for humanity, and we are committed to engaging in dialogue across the breadth of our community to fuel our actions.

What we believe ❯

Our Team

Luan Lawson, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education & Student Affairs

Christopher Woleben

Chris Woleben, M.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Nicole Deiorio, M.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Diane Biskobing

Diane Biskobing, M.D.

Associate Dean for Preclinical Medical Education

Dr. Hobgood

Sarah Hobgood, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education

Lelia Brinegar, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean for Medical Education

Pemra Cetin

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Financial Aid

Kacie Lord, Ed.S.

Director of Curriculum Initiatives & Quality

Eric Ellis

Director of Educational Systems & Analytics


Student Affairs Coordinator & Assistant Registrar

Joy Jones

Senior Financial Aid Counselor


M1 Medical Education Coordinator 

Kathy Naneyshvili

Kathy Naneyshvili

M2 Medical Education Coordinator & Special Events Coordinator


M3 Medical Education Coordinator


Hayley Mathews

Hayley Mathews

Ambulatory & VSLO Medical Education Coordinator

Katelyn Williams

Katelyn Williams

Longitudinal Curricula Medical Education Coordinator

Emma-Hill MacDonald

Executive Administrative Assistant

Linda Costanzo

Linda Costanzo, Ph.D.

USMLE Student Support

In 2024, a team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME, will conduct a site visit to assess the VCU School of Medicine and our M.D. program. As the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit educational programs leading to the M.D. degree, the LCME conducts regular visits to ensure that medical schools across the country are meeting national standards.

As this visit approaches, we will engage in a robust process of self-study to showcase our strengths and identify opportunities for growth.

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