The EVMS Lawrence J. Goldrich Institute for Integrated NeuroHealth

Janice T. and Lawrence J. Goldrich
Pictured above: Janice T. and Lawrence J. Goldrich
“We hope our gift will improve the quality of life for patients, caregivers, and their families and that our investment in the community will encourage others to join us in this effort.”
-Janice and Lawrence Goldrich

EVMS announced the establishment of a new institute in 2020 focusing on the complex healthcare needs of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, cognitive and memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and patients in need of palliative care.

The EVMS Lawrence J. Goldrich Institute for Integrated NeuroHealth is the first of its kind in Hampton Roads and was made possible through a generous $15 million gift from long-time Virginia Beach resident Lawrence J. Goldrich and his wife, Janice T. Goldrich.

The institute provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. It also provides support systems for patients and their families, improves access to new drug therapies and clinical trials, and accelerates research that may lead to better treatment and possible cures.

The new institute is named for Mr. Goldrich, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 98. He himself had Parkinson’s — a disease that affects more than 10 million people around the world. Mr. Goldrich was a highly respected and well-known real estate developer. Prior to his death, he and his wife explained that their family had benefited from the region’s excellent healthcare, thanks in large part to EVMS physicians and alumni.

“We have observed the rapid growth of EVMS in size and services. We are aware that not only does EVMS have outreach extending across the entire Commonwealth, but the school is also achieving national recognition for the scope and quality of its work.”

Yet, EVMS did not yet offer a clinical program that focused on patients with neurodegenerative disorders. Mr. and Mrs. Goldrich felt strongly that the need for such a program existed and that it could truly make a difference in many patients’ lives in the years to come.

Goldrich Institute Overview

Get an inside look at the comprehensive, multidisciplinary care we provide for patients at the Goldrich Institute.

Improvements to Clinical Care

Multidisciplinary, comprehensive care model approach

A multidisciplinary care model includes a range of healthcare professionals, from one or more organizations, working together to deliver comprehensive patient care. The ideal multidisciplinary team includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, allied health professionals (such as occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers), and health educators to provide information to patients, families and caregivers. The Goldrich Institute’s comprehensive care model includes patient care, patient education, community outreach, professional training and research.

How is the Goldrich Institute unique?

The Goldrich Institute will ensure that patients have access to the most robust and comprehensive team in the region. EVMS will leverage its unique community-based model of medicine, healthcare affiliations and departments, while enhancing educational components. Currently, there is no Center for Excellence in neurohealth care, as defined by the Parkinson’s Foundation, within the Commonwealth of Virginia, which means some patients travel outside of Virginia for this specialized care. In addition, the number of physicians with expertise in neurodegenerative diseases is insufficient to care for the growing number of individuals diagnosed with the neurodegenerative diseases that occur in an aging population, including those that have yet to be diagnosed.

How does Goldrich Institute improve patient care?

The establishment of the Goldrich Institute provides improved healthcare for residents in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia. The Goldrich Institute offers a full range of medical management and quality-of-life services for people with neurodegenerative diseases and related movement disorders, as well as the families of those patients. We envision a team-based approach to provide specialized care — physical, social, emotional, and spiritual — to maximize each patient’s function and quality of life.

Early Onset Alzheimer's Patient Helped at EVMS' Goldrich Institute

The Need for the EVMS Goldrich Institute

What type of diseases are treated?

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lewy Body Disorders
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Myoclonus
  • Ataxia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis
  • Dystonia Restlessness
  • Epilepsy Spasticity
  • Frontotemporal Disease with Parkinsonism
  • Stiff Person Spectrum Disorder
  • Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Gait Disorders
  • Tremors
  • Huntington’s disease

Where is the Goldrich Institute located?

The institute is located on the EVMS campus, on the fourth floor of Andrews Hall. Approximately 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art clinical space is currently dedicated for this institute. Recently, the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology moved to the same floor.

When did the Goldrich Institute open?

The institute had a soft opening in November 2022, and the formal opening reception was held in January 2023.  

Deliver a healthier tomorrow

Join Mr. and Mrs. Goldrich in investing in the health of our community.


Funding Opportunities

  • Research
  • Continuing medical education/Lectureships
  • Capital expenses
  • Community education support
  • Support groups for patients, families and caregivers
  • Biorepository support
  • Health analytics

Meet our providers

Steering Committee

  • Serena Amerson, Executive Director, EVMS Major Gifts and Annual Giving
  • Daniel Cohen, MD, Chair, Neurology
  • Marissa Galicia-Castillo, MD, ’97, Internal Medicine Residency ’00, the John Franklin Chair in Geriatrics, Director, EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Connie McKenzie, Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Hamid Okhravi, MD, the Alfred E. Abiouness Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Shriti Patel, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, Chair, Department of Medicine
  • Leanne Smith, EVMS Medical Group
  • Karen Thomas, DO, Sentara Neurology Specialists, Advisor
  • Melvina Tyson, Director of Operations, Sentara Neurology Specialists
  • Lynn M. Walsh-Morganti, MBA, Associate Chair, EVMS Department of Medicine

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