EVMS Magazine 9.1

EVMS joining forces with IBM Watson Health

Imagine ultrasound and X-ray images predicting the likelihood of a disease's progression, rather than just identifying and tracking it.

Is Medicine for Me?

Close up of hands holding a brain

Thirty-year partnership creates unique opportunities for high-school students considering the health professions

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School of Health Professions to launch distance-learning programs

In response to growing health-care market needs, the EVMS School of Health Professions will add two programs in summer 2017.

Emerging Leaders Take Their Seats

Four EVMS faculty members have been named the inaugural recipients of the EVMS/Sentara Endowed Chair for Academic Leadership Advancement.

Exchange program gives MPH students an international perspective

Three EVMS public-health graduates, fresh out of school, are having an international impact.

in Focus

Training day

Emergency Medicine resident Brittany Dye, MD, talks with Barry Knapp, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, outside of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Level 1 Trauma Center during a resident training day.

Summer fun

Kevin Bolger (left) discusses his research project with Austin Serbin, both of the MD Class of 2019, during Summer Scholars Research Day.

White coat ceremony

"My family gave me a little fake stethoscope when I was really young, and ever since then I've wanted to be a doctor," says Ehsan Jafree, MD Class of 2020. Join Ehsan and his new classmates as they start their EVMS journey in short white coats.

Community Impact Day

New EVMS students spent one of the first days of the school year helping P.B. Young Sr. Elementary School prepare for the new school year. They packed backpacks, cleaned classrooms and prepared bulletin boards to help the students learn.


EVMS welcomed its first group of new students August 11. The medical and health professions students took the opportunity to meet and enjoy their new friendships before the formal program began.

A Cut Above

Whichever way you slice it, EVMS' Master of Surgical Assisting students consistently outperform and exceed expectations.

Over the last decade 64% of SA alumni have remained in Hampton Roads.

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Surgeons performing elbow transplant

In Scott Hansen's work, the smallest, intricate details matter most, especially when you're making history.

Unique collaboration provides lifesaving screenings to help uninsured women

Instructor teaching class

Unique collaboration provides lifesaving screenings to help uninsured women

Alumni Avatars

Class notes

Heather Soloria Bandy, MD
(MD '11), and Nick Bandy, MD (MD '13), met in the EVMS Brickell Medical Sciences Library Rotunda before heading to Honduras in 2011 on an EVMS medical mission trip. So it seemed only fitting that before their recent wedding, they had photographs taken in the rotunda.
Marlene Capps, MD
(MD '00), has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News.
Laura Dobbs, MS
(MAT '02), had a painting included in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.
Nkanta "Nick" Hines, MS, MBA
(Biomedical Sciences '96), has been named Chief of Staff for Marsha Rappley, MD, Chief Executive Officer for VCU Health System in Richmond.
Bobby Kalantar, MD
(MD '04), is Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, MD
(MD '81) has been selected as the first recipient of the American College of Surgeons Women in Surgery Committee Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award. This award is given in recognition of an individual's significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. Dr. Maniscalco-Theberge is a retired Army colonel who serves as the Deputy Medical Inspector for Professional Services in the Veterans Administration Office of the Medical Inspector in Washington, D.C. She is also an Attending General Surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
Carolyn Riegle, MD
(MD '79, Pediatrics Residency '82), was a contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy! in July.
Christopher Wilson, MD, MPH
(MD '08, MPH '05), has been named Director of the Western Tidewater Health District.
Linda Staiger holds a stack of books that goes as high as her nose.

old School: Balancing Act

Linda Staiger, MD (MD '77), struggled under her load of textbooks when she was an EVMS student. Thankfully, today's technology has eased the textbook burden. From opening with 27 students in 1973, EVMS has grown to more than 1,300 students enrolled this year, with that number projected to approach 1,500 in another four years. Also this year, the first class of MD students celebrates its 40th anniversary of graduation at Alumni Weekend, which takes place Oct. 14-16.

my Story

Beach woman honors best friend through fishing fundraiser

Clad in pink, these are not your average fishermen. They are women, young and old, who are on the water to raise money for breast cancer research at EVMS. And bringing them all together is Linda Church, chair of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation's Wine, Women & Fishing event.