C. Donald Combs, PhD

<p>M.A. in Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  1974</p>
<p>Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC  1980</p>
<p>Ph.D. from State Medical and Pharmaceutical University ">

Vice President & Dean, School Health Professions

School of Health Professions, Dean


Lester Hall

757.446.6090

combscd@evms.edu


C. Donald Combs, Ph.D. serves as Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions at EVMS.  His responsibilities include direction of all EVMS health professions programs, academic planning, oversight of medical modeling and simulation, program development and accreditation liaison to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

 

Dr. Combs holds senior faculty appointments with the EVMS School of Health Professions and the Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering at Old Dominion University as well as the University of Paris-Descartes, The Taipei Medical University, and the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicolae Testemitsanu," Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.  He has long-standing research interests in health and human services management, health workforce research, health professions regulation, organizational development, strategic planning, and medical modeling and simulation.  These interests are reflected in his professional publications and conference presentations; many consultancies with federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit service organizations and businesses, and $115 million in external funding.

 

He currently serves on several regional, state, and national boards and task forces that address national and international health policy.  Dr. Combs is active in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) and in national policy discussions addressing health workforce planning, applied information systems and medical modeling and simulation.

 

In the international arena, Dr. Combs worked with colleagues at the Naval Postgraduate School to develop and implement the International Health Resource Management executive education program that has served some 20 nations.  He holds degrees received with distinction from South Plains College (A.A.), Texas Tech University (B.A. and M.A.), and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Ph.D.).   He was also awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Moldova's State Medical and Pharmaceutical University in 2002 for his service in reforming its primary-care health system.

Faculty Appointments

Professor of Health Professions

Courses Taught

MPHE 723 - Health Policy and Politics

MPH 721 - Health Care Strategy

MHDS 603 - Leading Innovations

MPH 710 - Graduate Certificate- Implementing Change and Achieving High Performance

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment only.

Undergraduate Degree

A.A. from South Plains (Community) College, Levelland, TX  1971

B.A. in Political Science with High Honors from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  1972

Graduate Education

M.A. in Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  1974

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC  1980

Ph.D. from State Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicolae Testemitsanu", Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Honoris Causa)

Lab Location

Lester Hall

651 Colley Ave., Room 314

Norfolk, VA  23507

Research Interests

The Digital Patient, Medical Modeling and Simulation, International Health, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Health Workforce Planning and Research, Health and Human Services Management

Current Projects

Facilitating development of the Digital Patient as discussed in my most recent book:  The Digital Patient:  Advancing Healthcare, Research, and Education and advocates for increased research on modeling and simulation in healthcare.

Faculty Appointments

Professor of Health Professions

Courses Taught

MPHE 723 - Health Policy and Politics

MPH 721 - Health Care Strategy

MHDS 603 - Leading Innovations

MPH 710 - Graduate Certificate- Implementing Change and Achieving High Performance

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment only.

Undergraduate Degree

A.A. from South Plains (Community) College, Levelland, TX  1971

B.A. in Political Science with High Honors from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  1972

Graduate Education

M.A. in Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX  1974

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC  1980

Ph.D. from State Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicolae Testemitsanu", Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Honoris Causa)

Lab Location

Lester Hall

651 Colley Ave., Room 314

Norfolk, VA  23507

Research Interests

The Digital Patient, Medical Modeling and Simulation, International Health, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Health Workforce Planning and Research, Health and Human Services Management

Current Projects

Facilitating development of the Digital Patient as discussed in my most recent book:  The Digital Patient:  Advancing Healthcare, Research, and Education and advocates for increased research on modeling and simulation in healthcare.

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