L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized surgeon and leader in academic medicine, has been named EVMS Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Britt, the Edward J. Brickhouse Chair in Surgery, the Henry Ford Professor of Surgery and Professor and Chair of EVMS Surgery, succeeds Alfred Abuhamad, MD, PhD, who has assumed the role of Interim President, Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine.

“When asked by Interim President Abuhamad to consider an additional role as the Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, I did not hesitate to accept the appointment,” Dr. Britt says. “I am looking forward to helping improve the important interface that EVMS has with the community and our healthcare partners, with the overarching goal being better healthcare and wellness for ALL.” 

In this new role, Dr. Britt will assist Dr. Abuhamad in providing leadership and strategic direction for all EVMS-sponsored patient-care programs and activities in concert with EVMS Medical Group leadership. He will also act as an important liaison between clinical faculty, departments and senior management, working closely with clinical department chairs.

“Dr. Britt brings a unique and important perspective from his extensive experience and his ongoing participation in clinical care, education and research,” Dr. Abuhamad says. “Working with the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Britt led a national effort to gauge and address surgical disparities. His input will be particularly valuable as we continue to focus our institutional efforts on reducing health disparities and providing quality patient care.”
Dr. Britt has served in numerous leadership roles at EVMS and nationally. He is a past Director of the American Board of Surgery, a past Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and past President of the American College of Surgeons. He was the first EVMS physician to be named to the National Academy of Medicine.

“I am extremely excited about the great potential of EVMS, as it continues unprecedented growth and development – with the true beneficiaries being the patients, the students, the faculty and staff,” he says. “Even though the COVID environment continues to be a major challenge, EVMS will make the necessary changes, adjustments and modifications required to advance our mission.”

Britt is a graduate of both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his surgical residency at University Hospital and Cook County Hospital at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, and his fellowship training at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

He joined the EVMS faculty in 1986, was a founding member of the Level 1 Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hopsital and has served as Chair of EVMS Surgery since 1994.