Joseph L. Hudgens, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vice Chair of Gynecology
Division Director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sentara-EVMS Director of Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Center
MIGS Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Hudgens, Vice Chair of Gynecologic Services, Director of the Sentara-EVMS Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Center and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an expert in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Hudgens pioneered the 2-port myomectomy, which uses a specialized laparoscopic port that allows multiple tools to be inserted through the belly button. The surgical technique decreases the size and number of scars for patients.

His clinical interests consist of complex gynecological surgery, second opinion for patients with severe endometriosis, fibroids, and refractory pelvic pain. Dr. Hudgens earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and served two residencies at the University of Louisville in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a board certified fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Melanie Nohrer, MEd
Educational Specialist

Educational Specialist | Fellowship Coordinator

Melanie was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and moved to Kissimmee, Florida in the year 2000. Later on she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and moved to Virginia in 2013, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. She has worked in higher education for the past eleven years at a variety of administrative levels and departments to include housing, student centers, admissions, academic affairs, administration, and graduate medical education.

She has a Master of Education in Higher Education, Educational Leadership degree from Liberty University, and is currently also pursuing a Doctor of Education in Medical and Health Professions Education, Higher Education degree at EVMS.

Melanie’s top priority within the program is a Fellow’s success, achievement and overall experience.