Medical and Health Professions Education
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Medical and Health Professions Education
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Amanda Burbage, PhD, CMM
Dr. Burbage joined EVMS in 2019, and currently serves as Assistant Professor and Higher Education Concentration Director for the MHPE program. She has worked in education for nearly 20 years with experience in higher education, elementary education, non-profit, government contract and private sector settings. Dr. Burbage has taught since 2010 and functioned in an advising capacity for hundreds of students. Her research interests are in equity, policy, organization & management, SOTL and distance education.Read More
Peggy Gesing, PhD
Dr. Peggy Gesing is the Director of the Medical and Health Professions education programs and an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions. Dr. Gesing earned her PhD in Higher Education at Old Dominion University and her Master's of Education in Adult Learning and Development at Cleveland State University. The foundation for her research and teaching is built on 16 years of experience at top-ranked research universities. Her research focuses on international student mobility and education as a driver of economic opportunity and social justice.Read More
Gyorgy Lonart, PhD
Dr. Lonart, Professor of Pathology and Anatomy, is an accomplished neuroscience researcher. His work focuses on synaptic transmission and mapping the synaptic networks involved in fear, learning and sleep regulation in normal and diseased brains. Prior to joining EVMS, Dr. Lonart worked in Dr. Thomas C. Südhof’s lab as he investigated the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release.Read More
Richard Gonzalez, PhD
Dr. Richard Gonzalez is an Associate Professor, Pathology and Anatomy and serves as the Contemporary Human Anatomy Education concentration director. Dr. Gonzalez earned his PhD in Anthropology in 2007 from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Over the past 20 years, in addition to teaching anatomy to medical and health professions education students, Dr. Gonzalez served as interim director of the Master of Science in Forensic Science program and as the coordinator of graduate student research in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University before joining EVMS in 2019.Read More
Heather Newton, EdD
Dr. Newton obtained her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology and a master’s degree in Teacher Education and Curriculum Instruction from Regent University in Virginia Beach. Dr. Newton’s passion is education, and she has over 20 years of professional experience in the educational field. Currently, Dr. Newton works with EVMS Graduate Medical Education as the Director of GME Educational Programs. In this role, she helps to create and implement faculty development curricula and deliver trainings in multiple modalities to residents, faculty and staff. Additionally, she serves on the Institutional Review Board and provides her expertise as a social/behavioral expert while reviewing protocols.Read More
Mr. Gemeda, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, oversees EVMS Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining EVMS, he served for eight years as the Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs and Community Health and the founding Director of the Center for the Health of the African Diaspora at New York University School of Medicine. Mr. Gemeda has more than a decade of experience in national and local efforts to reduce health disparities and increase diversity in the biomedical workforce. He was involved in developing a robust NIH-supported biomedical research center and a nationally recognized recruitment and retention program for faculty and graduate students at Hunter College of the City University of New York.Read More
Jennifer Styron, PhD
Dr. Styron is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Teaching and Assessment at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at EVMS. She earned a PhD in Instructional Technology and Design from the University of Southern Mississippi and has extensive experience in grant administration, interprofessional education and practice and active learning strategies, such as team-based learning. During her time at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Styron was part of a three-year $1.3 million HRSA project aimed at developing interprofessional core competencies among health professions faculty and students, and delivering high quality, efficient, team-based care in community-based clinical settings to improve patient outcomes.Read More
Felicia Toreno, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Felicia Toreno, PhD, has been Associate Professor and Lead Sonographer at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA since 2015. She currently serves as the Ultrasound and Imaging Education concentration director. Dr. Toreno has more than 35 years of experience as a sonographer and an educator, and has been registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Abdominal, Obstetrical and Gynecological Ultrasound, Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Technology.Read More