Chidester family endows chair in emergency medicine

Story Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:04:00 EST

Saving lives runs in the Chidester family.

Paul Chidester, MD, a nephrologist, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at EVMS and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Betty Chidester, MD, recently retired as an emergency medicine specialist and is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at EVMS. Their son Benjamin Chidester, MD, an EVMS graduate, is an emergency medicine fellow at EVMS. And their son Jeffrey Chidester is a medical student eyeing a career in emergency medicine.

But the family — which includes Dr. Paul Chidester’s mother, Mrs. Carolyn Chidester, and daughter Robin Chidester Parson — felt their legacy of saving lives wasn’t enough. So they recently made a $1 million gift to EVMS to establish the Chidester Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine.

Thanks to their generosity, EVMS Emergency Medicine will be able to build on its strong national reputation and respected clinical expertise. Program educators will continue setting the pace in new technologies, such as emergency ultrasound, and innovative training methods to ensure that students and residents provide the same lifesaving care the Chidester family is well known for.

“We have always believed strongly in the mission of EVMS,” Dr. Paul Chidester says. “That’s why our family wanted to make a gift that would support the school for years to come.”

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