Medicine: Second-year student leads fundraising against Alzheimer’s disease

David Goldberg, a second-year medicine student, founded the organization “Rams for Memory”, a team of medical students and faculty who promote ending Alzheimer’s disease. Goldberg has previous experience in fundraising to fight Alzheimer’s disease and hopes to apply that within the Virginia Commonwealth University community.

David Goldberg at his White Coat Ceremony in 2012.

“I’ve been involved with Alzheimer’s advocacy since August 2010, when my maternal grandfather passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Goldberg. “It was the start of my fourth year of college at the University of Virginia, and my friends and I started an Alzheimer’s awareness, fundraising and volunteering organization called Hoos for Memory.”

Since its launch last year, Goldberg would like to assemble a larger Rams for Memory team. His next step will be the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Richmond.

“I’m hoping that students from all across VCU, faculty, staff and alumni will join the team,” said Goldberg.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Greater Richmond will take place Saturday, Oct. 5  at 4600 Cox Road in Glen Allen. Registration for the walk is free, and money is raised when walkers ask their friends and family for donations. All funds raised from the walk will benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Medicine: Alumnus recognized for research during radiology residency

Judson M. Frye, M.D.

Judson M. Frye, M.D., will be awarded The Virginia Chapter of the American College of Radiology‘s first place award for research conducted during residency.

A graduate of the medical school’s Class of 2008, Frye remained on the MCV Campus to complete his residency training in radiology in June 2013. Now a fellow at the Mayo Clinic, he will return to Virginia in August to present the results of his research at the Virginia Chapter meeting of the American College of Radiology.

His project focused on the use of biphasic CT imaging to improve the identification of splenic hemorrhage in the setting of blunt abdominal trauma.


U.S. News ranks VCU Medical Center No. 1 in state and metro area

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals edition recently ranked the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in Virginia and in the Richmond metropolitan area, reflecting four programs — nephrology, pulmonology, orthopaedic surgery and urology — in the top 50.

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VCU Health System named Greater Richmond Area Employer of Choice

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System earlier this month was named the
Greater Richmond Area Employer of Choice. This is the fourth time the VCU
Health System has received this honor since the awards program began 13 years

The VCU Health System also received the national Alfred P. Sloan Award for
Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The award presentations were
made at the annual All Star Awards presented by the Greater Richmond Chamber,
the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond SHRM. 

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U.S. News & World Report ranks VCU Medical Center No. 1 in Richmond

VCU Medical Center was ranked No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area by U.S. News and World Report’s first Best Hospitals metro-area rankings


“We are exceptionally pleased to be ranked No. 1 in Richmond,” said Dr. Sheldon Retchin (H.S.’79/M), CEO of the VCU Health System and vice president of VCU Health Sciences. “Our regional and national rankings are a strong testament to our commitment to a culture of innovation and cutting-edge healthcare. These qualities, together with the remarkably talented people who work here, contribute to an outstanding healthcare system that makes me proud every day.”


U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.


Read more and visit U.S. News & World Report’s website to learn more about metro rankings.

VCU Health System named Top 50 Companies for Executive Women

VCU Health System was named to the NAFE Top 50 Companies and 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).  

This is the fourth time the VCUHS has been recognized by NAFE. The list recognizes organizations with policies and practices that encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment.

“Our commitment to advancing women permeates our culture,” said Maria Curran, VCU Health System vice president for Human Resources and Family Care. “We are constantly assessing our policies, procedures, benefits, programs and offerings to make them more responsive to our employees’ needs, including onsite child care and adult care, education assistance and leadership training.”

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