Message from the Chair

Welcome to EVMS Pathology and Anatomy. The department strives to promulgate the school’s vision of “Community Service. World Impact.” through innovative educational programs for our medical and graduate students, cutting edge research in neuroscience and community outreach.  More information regarding these programs can be found at the links listed to the left.

The department is proud to champion ultrasound education in the preclerkship curriculum in addition to providing instruction in anatomy, neuroscience, and pathology in the EVMS integrated Care Forward medical school curriculum.  Unique to EVMS is the popular ‘Anatomy Guy’ website that is used to foster this education and viewed worldwide.   The department is also intimately involved in providing the foundational basic science courses for several of EVMS’s Master's level programs.

A PhD/EdD in Medical and Health Professions Education with concentrations in Contemporary Human Anatomical Science and Ultrasound is being developed. These concentrations strive to contribute to the EVMS mission of achieving excellence in medical and health professions education by developing in our graduates the skills necessary to be successful medical and health professions educator scholars in the 21st century. We will provide students who desire a career focus in education with extensive training in the anatomical sciences coupled with sufficient teaching experience to be fully prepared to assume positions as anatomical sciences educators at the PhD level. The program will open for applications at the beginning of 2019.  In all endeavors, new innovative methods of course delivery and assessment are employed.

Research efforts within the department focus on sleep neurobiology and posttraumatic stress disorder. The department is well-funded in these areas. Collaborations with other departments on stress and neuroimmune interactions and the effects of ionizing radiation on brain function are areas of active investigation. Educational grants have been awarded to department faculty for the development of innovative educational curricula including our 4 year ultrasound curriculum.  The department also oversees the College of American Pathologists accredited EVMS Biorepository which holds over 85,000 specimens available for research by EVMS faculty and collaborators.

The department has a diverse faculty with varied interests in education, research and service.  Faculty are active in traveling outside of EVMS to lecture on topics of interest to our community. Many of the seminars and presentations deal with neuroscience, mental health and educational initiatives in the basic sciences.

The department is cognizant of the health needs of our active duty soldiers, veterans and military retirees and is proud to provide faculty support to EVMS’s military medicine club and to our students with military commitments. Given the large number of military, veterans and retires in the Hampton Roads area we look for venues where we can support them through education, research and community service.

Student recognition is another key departmental undertaking. Annually, students are selected for membership in the Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society, and for graduation awards in anatomy, neuroscience, and pathology.

The Department is also proud to have established the Nicholas A. D’Amato M.D. memorial lecture.  Dr. D’Amato was a Navy veteran, and long-time EVMS faculty member well versed in anatomy, pathology, medical education and the humanities.  Please read more about Dr. D’Amato on this site.  Donations to the EVMS Foundation to support the Nicholas A. D’Amato lecture, or to the Pathology and Anatomy Department to fund faculty development as well as faculty and student research are welcomed.


Richard M. Conran, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., FCAP

COL, MC, USA Retired

Professor and Chair

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