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C.W. Gowen Jr., MD, named Chair of EVMS Department of Pediatrics

Story Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:34:00 EDT

C.W. GowenRichard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Jim Dahling, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters, announced today that C.W. Gowen Jr., MD, has been named chair of the school’s Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Gowen has a long history of service to EVMS and CHKD, where the school’s Department of Pediatrics is based. A neonatologist at CHKD since 1990, he joined the faculty of EVMS as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics the same year and became the Director of the joint CHKD-EVMS pediatric residency program, which has trained approximately 70 percent of the region’s pediatricians. In 1993, he became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and in 2006, he became the Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics.

In 2012, Dr. Gowen was named Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics after the previous Chair, Donald Lewis, MD, died suddenly.

“Dr. Gowen has served admirably in this role for more than a year,” Dr. Homan says. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to oversee one of the school’s largest and most active departments, one that is vitally important to the Hampton Roads community and the academic reputation of EVMS. He is a superb clinician, academic leader and administrator. I am very pleased that he has accepted the position.”

“Dr. Gowen’s rare combination of clinical, teaching and administrative experience makes him a wonderful choice for this role,” Dahling says. “He has a long-standing commitment to quality education, research and patient care, and I am confident he will successfully lead our educational mission.”

“I am truly humbled to be offered the Chair position by Dr. Homan and Jim Dahling,” Dr. Gowen says. “Don Lewis was such a great friend and colleague, and it is an honor for me to follow his footsteps. I look forward to accomplishing great things with my faculty and residents as well as with CHKD and EVMS.”

Dr. Gowen earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. He completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and his fellowship in neonatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A past recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award at EVMS, his national achievements include publications in peer-reviewed journals, authorship of book chapters and the development of clinical and academic guidelines. Dr. Gowen will assume his new duties as chairman immediately.