Recipients of new endowed chairs announced

Story Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:12:00 EDT

 Four EVMS faculty members were announced this week as the inaugural recipients of the EVMS/Sentara Endowed Chair for Academic Leadership Advancement. The four chairs, each supported by a $1 million endowment, were established through support from Sentara Healthcare as the result of a new academic affiliation agreement. Funds from the endowments will, among other things, support academic travel, research, attendance at conferences and professional development. The new chairs also will take part in the Sentara Physician Advance Leadership Program, which provides reality-based, hands-on leadership experiences designed for physicians. Each recipient will occupy the endowed chair for a period of five years. 

The recipients of the endowed chairs are:

Rebecca Britt, MD (MD ’98), Associate Professor of Surgery, the Surgical Director for the EVMS/Sentara Center for Surgical Education and Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Britt earned her medical degree from EVMS and completed a general surgery internship and residency at Boston Medical Center and a trauma and critical care fellowship at EVMS. She joined EVMS Surgery in 2004.




Eric Dobratz, MD (MD ’03), Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Otolaryngology Residency Training Program. Dr. Dobratz earned his medical degree from EVMS and completed residency at the University of Virginia and a fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He joined EVMS Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2009.




Michael Hooper, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he also completed residency. Dr. Hooper completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt. He joined EVMS Internal Medicine in 2011.





Cynthia Romero, MD (MD ’93), Director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine. She earned her medical degree at EVMS and completed her residency at Riverside Family Medicine and a primary health care policy fellowship through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Dr. Romero joined EVMS in 2014.

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