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Spring 2018 Feature Stories


Bringing the humanities and arts into medical education is one way to help students form deeper connections with patients, maintain joy in medicine and develop empathy and resiliency. The cover photo was taken at an art class that gives medical students new tools. Other stories that point to the need for resiliency include First Person: When Disaster Strikes, Rebuild as well as Aspiring Physicians Introduce Preschoolers to Yoga and Restoring the Joy in Family Medicine.

Restoring Joy in Family MedicineRestoring the Joy in Family Medicine

Department Chair Tony Kuzel, M.D., works to restore joy to the practice of family medicine even as he prepares a new generation for the realities of practice.



Organs for saleOrgans for Sale

Distinguished transplant surgeon Francis Delmonico, M.D., H'78, has been called both an elder statesman as well as a trailblazer. Now he helps lead the global fight against human-organ trafficking.



A Therapeutic Window PovlishockA Therapeutic Window

John Povlishock, Ph.D., has had a remarkable 45-year tenure on the MCV Campus. The department chair's leadership has shaped our legacy of neurotrauma research and treatment.



Leading the charge VTCC exteriorLeading the Charge

As the nation grapples with how to treat children with mental health illnesses, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Psychiatry invest in a future that's inspirational, not institutional.


Continue the work Continue the Work

A passenger on one of the last ships to safely reach the U.S. during WWII. The first female doctor at her practice in Minnesota. The Class of 53's Julie Moller Sanford led a storied life, filled with family, kindness, acceptance and a commitment to paying it forward.



Through Your Eyes DufferThrough Your Eyes

The son of tobacco farmers and a country doctor for more than 40 years, R. Randolph Duffer, M'72, H'75, rescues and restores the old, wooden tobacco barns that dot the landscape of rural Virginia. "It's a piece of art, just like a painting or a sculpture," Duffer says.