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Preparing for the Future of Health Care

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The U.Va. Health System is well positioned for 2012 and beyond. In 2010–11, the Health System opened several new facilities, offering patients advanced treatments in settings that reflect a holistic approach to care. The Health System also devised more innovative ways to deliver high-quality care to patients who live at a distance, while introducing technologies that bridge the gap between a patient's home and the doctor's office.

At the same time, Health System researchers contributed to the global effort to produce a more accurate and detailed understanding of the human body and used this information to produce more effective treatments. The Schools of Medicine and Nursing capitalized on new and renovated facilities to launch bold educational reforms that will better integrate this growing body of knowledge with the clinical experience.

These buildings, renovations, research, and educational and patient care initiatives all support what is always the highest priority at the U.Va. Health System—people, including the patients who seek treatment and the professional staff who make that treatment possible.


Nursing professors Kathryn Laughon and Pamela Kulbok were elected fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, which includes the nation's top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, and practioners.

At the heart of these changes is a committed, creative, and highly skilled staff. In this era of limited funding, members of the Health System are determined to achieve ever better empirical outcomes by pushing the limits of medical technology, building closer relationships with patients and their families, and finding new ways to collaborate.

Faculty members recently singled out for special recognition exemplify this dedication:

  • Kathryn Laughon, associate professor of nursing, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Currently the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, she has been testing a computerized intervention to improve health and safety for battered women seeking protective orders.
  • The American Academy of Nursing also inducted Pamela Kulbok, professor of nursing. Ms. Kulbok's research focus is drug, tobacco, and alcohol prevention in adolescents.
  • Kodi S. Ravichandran, the Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Microbiology, was named as one of four Virginia Outstanding Scientists in 2011. Acknowledging his international recognition for research on the mechanisms that clear dying cells from the body, the University named Mr. Ravichandran a distinguished scientist.
  • Dr. David A. Peura, emeritus professor of medicine, was presented the 2011 Julius Friedenwald Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Peura conducted clinical research on acid peptic disorders, particularly peptic ulcer disease.
  • The University of Virginia Patent Foundation selects Internationally renowned diabetes technology scientist Boris P. Kovatchev for its top honor: the Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year award. The honor recognizes a U.Va. inventor or team of inventors whose research discoveries have proven to be of notable value to society.

In addition, forty-eight physicians were included in the latest edition of America's Top Doctors, which recognizes physicians who are considered among the top 1 percent in the nation in their specialties. The Health System also had 195 physicians listed in the Best Doctors in America survey, the most ever for U.Va. Only about 5 percent of U.S. doctors are selected for the Best Doctors list, issued every two years.