The EVMS Lawrence J. Goldrich Institute for Integrated NeuroHealth

Est. 2020

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Today, there is no cure for any identified neurodegenerative diseases — not one.

EVMS is proud to announce the establishment of a new institute focused on addressing 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 is being made possible through a $15 million gift from long-time Virginia Beach resident Lawrence J. Goldrich and his wife, Janice T. Goldrich.

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

Janice T. and Lawrence J. Goldrich
Pictured above: Janice T. and Lawrence J. Goldrich
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Goldrich.

Through their donation to the EVMS Deliver on the Promise campaign, Mr. and Mrs. Goldrich join the school’s founders and champions in helping EVMS provide national-caliber specialty care in Hampton Roads.

The new institute is named for Mr. Goldrich, who himself has Parkinson’s — a disease that affects more than 10 million people around the world. Mr. Goldrich is a highly respected and well-known real estate developer. He and his wife explain that their family has 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 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 patients’ lives.

“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

Mr. and Mrs. Goldrich are investing in the health of our community. For more information about how your gift can impact EVMS, please contact EVMS Development at or 757.965.8500.

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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
  • Theresa Hamlin, Director of Marketing, EVMS Medical Group


  • Connie McKenzie, Senior Associate Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
  • Hamid Okhravi, MD, the Alfred E. Abiouness Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Shriti Patel, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS, Chair, Internal Medicine


  • Karen Thomas, DO, Sentara Neurology Specialists
  • Melvina Tyson, Director of Operations, Sentara Neurology Specialists
  • Maria Urbano, MD, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Lynn M. Walsh-Morganti, Associate Chair, EVMS Internal Medicine

Frequently asked questions

What defines a multidisciplinary, comprehensive care model?
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 will include patient care, patient education, community outreach, professional training and research.
How will the institute be 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 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 will the institute improve patient care?
The establishment of the Goldrich Institute will lead to improved healthcare for residents in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia. The Goldrich Institute will offer 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.
When will the institute open?
The institute will be prepared to accept patients in 2022.
Where will the institute be located?
The institute will be located on the EVMS campus, on the fourth floor of Andrews Hall. Approximately 4,000 square feet of clinical space is currently dedicated for this institute.
What type of diseases will be 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
Who is the Director of the institute? And is this part of EVMS Internal Medicine?
The institute consists of three pillars: Cognitive & Memory Disorders; Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders; Palliative & Supportive Clinical Care. There are two co-directors: a physician with a specialty in Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, and a physician to be recruited (MD, Geriatrician with Cognitive and Memory Disorders expertise).
Yes, this institute will fall under EVMS Internal Medicine. EVMS’ new chair of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rehan Qayyum, will also be a leader of the institute.
What types of specific funding opportunities are available?
  • Research
  • Continuing medical education/Lectureships
  • Capital expenses
  • Community education support
  • Support groups for patients, families and caregivers
  • Biorepository support
  • Health analytics

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