By Gregory Golladay, MD
VCU Health Systems
VCU is undergoing significant transformation. We welcome Dr. Peter Buckley as the new Dean of the School of Medicine and Dr. Marsha Rappley as Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of the Health System. Dr. Brian Aboff has taken the position of DIO. Their combined leadership promises to carry the mission of the institution through Vision by Design. The Children’s Hospital of Richmond has opened on our main downtown campus with state-of-the art facilities. The NOW Center in Short Pump has been in operation now for over 18 months.
Dr. Robert Adelaar has retired from work at VCU after an illustrious career and has transitioned to head of the orthopaedic department at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Stephen Kates is completing his second year as the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at VCU, and his leadership has led to many positive changes within the department structure and operations. Renovations are currently underway to transform our faculty offices in West Hospital. Dr. Wil Zuelzer has overseen the renovation of our operating rooms with spacious and modern expansion and the opening of a procedure room to accommodate minor procedures. This, along with a prolonged process improvement project, PEEP, has resulted in substantial growth of surgical volume and efficiency.
Departmental expansion continues, with the additions of Dr. Paul Perdue and Dr. Jesse Torbert in Orthopaedic Trauma and Dr. Alexander Vap in Sports Medicine. With the additional faculty, we are now providing trauma coverage for HCA and team coverage for Virginia State University. Dr. Nirav Patel and Dr. Jeremy Ross have accepted positions in Adult Reconstruction, to start in Fall 2018, with additional trauma faculty recruitment taking place now.
Dr. Greg Domson’s educational program has evolved to include a formal feedback process with residents and fellows following each surgical case. The faculty participated in a unique developmental mentoring retreat in August, with topics including mentoring residents in technical and knowledge acquisition, research and recommendations and career pathways.
The department, in collaboration with University of Rochester, has added considerably to its research finding and support with notable receipt of a prestigious NIH P50 grant to study infections. Additional grant funding has been secured for Dr. Jonathan Isaacs' work on nerve repair and reconstruction, as have additional grants supporting research on the use of nanosensors to aid in TKA balancing and fixation methods for periprosthetic fractures. Departmental scholarly activity continues to grow, with increased peer-reviewed publications, local, regional, and national presentations and extensive presence in journal editorial boards and book editorial leadership.
For the second time, VCU Health orthopaedic surgery units have been honored with the prestigious nursing award. The Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone that recognizes individual units within a hospital that show exemplary practice in providing the best care for patients and families every day. For nurses, this means a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. The gold-level designation signifies excellent and sustained unit performances and patient outcomes. Read more here.