12th & Marshall, Fall 2022 issue

The twice-yearly magazine for alumni as well as faculty and friends of our medical school

Harvey Lankford, M’76, H’77, H’79, F’81, in Nepal in 2000, high altitude “pole vaulting” on Mera Peak (21,247'). Everest is in the background. Read more in "Into the Wild." (Photo by Remi Sojka)


November 16, 2022

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Fall 2022 feature stories

In focus: Radiology chair's vision is 'all about what's possible'

Ann Fulcher, M'87, H'91, focuses her gaze on two very different worlds. Through one lens, she captures luminous flowers, midflight birds, vibrant streetscapes and still-wild territories, in her work as an award-winning photographer. Through another lens she surveys the no less remarkable landscape of the human body, as an award-winning radiologist and chair of the VCU School of Medicine's Department of Radiology.

Into the wild

Meet three alumni who share a passion for high-altitude and wilderness medicine, including Luanne Freer, M'88, pictured on the magazine's cover at the Khumba Icefall on Mount Everest in Nepal. In 2003, she opened Everest Base Camp Clinic, the world's highest medical facility, at 17,600 feet.

What's in a name?

Endowed professorships and chairs represent the highest academic honor a university can bestow on a faculty member. The newly awarded Hugo R. Seibel, Ph.D., Teaching Professorship is one of more than 120 endowed professorships and chairs based at the MCV Foundation helping the School of Medicine recruit and retain the brightest teachers, researchers and clinicians, enriching the academic and clinical environment for students and patients alike.

Rounds with hounds

Medical student Eric Donley sees the hospital and its patients in a different light when he brings his dog Georgia for therapy rounds with the Dogs on Call program. “Everyone wants to see you, and everyone wants to see the dog,” he says. “Georgia lets them talk about whatever they want.” Read how the VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction gives students and residents unique research opportunities.

First Person: Sarah Beth Neal

As the new first-year medical students in the Class of 2026 embark on Anatomy Rounds this fall, Sarah Beth Neal, M'22, writes about what she took with her from the experience of learning in the cadaver lab. View a video of Neal reading her essay and reflecting on the impact the course made on her.

Piece of the Past

In the 18th and 19th centuries, physicians often relied on spring lancets to perform bloodletting, one of medicine's oldest therapies. It was believed that removing blood would bring the body back into balance, ridding it of impure fluids and curing a variety of conditions. “Lancets are such valuable pieces because they show us just how much medicine has changed.”

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Fall 2022 expanded stories