Richard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS, Dean of the School of Medicine
Richard V. Homan, MD

IN THE MIDST OF CRISIS, it is easier to ignore all but that which is in front of you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably taken center stage this past year. But as we face this public health crisis, we must not allow ourselves to lose sight of other disorders and diseases that have a lasting impact on the health of our communities.

Lawrence J. Goldrich and his wife, Janice, certainly haven’t. Their recent $15 million gift is funding the establishment of an institute focusing on neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

In our feature story, you will learn more about this promising new institute, and meet community members who fervently believe we can “fight the fade” associated with these disorders.

Their stories are those of resolve and resiliency, of joy and of courage.

Lest we forget, there is much joy to be found in the quiet moments of courage that occur all around us.

Consider the courage Marcial Sanchez Romero had to get back up and face life after being knocked down by trauma and adversity. Follow his journey, and see how he wakes up every day with intention — to adapt, to learn, to heal and to move forward.

And that is what we as a community must do as well. Adapt, learn, heal and move forward together. I am continually humbled by and grateful for what we can achieve as a community in the face of challenge and adversity, and I am confident that together, we will change the healthcare of Hampton Roads for the better.


Richard V. Homan, MD