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The Chronicle of Giving is published twice a year by the MCV Foundation for alumni and friends of the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. © 2013 MCV Foundation


Contributors: Nan L. Johnson, William P. Kotti, Brian S. Thomas, and Amanda E. Van Thunen Design: Kevin E. Schindler Photography: As noted MCV Foundation’s mission is to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Chartered in 1949, the MCV Foundation works in partnership with alumni and friends of MCV Schools, Hospitals and Massey Cancer Center.


We support the institution in its quest: • To preserve and restore health • To seek the cause and cure of diseases • To educate those who would serve humanity

Contents MCV Campus News 1 A Letter from President Kotti and Chairman Doswell


Foundation Financials 3 Annual Board Dinner


Tuckahoe Plantation Welcomes MCV Society


Bragging Rights for the VCU Medical Center


Cancer-dedicated Floors Take Shape


Cardiology Consortium 2012


Dr. Alvin Zfass Honored


Scholarship Brunch 12 Tackling Sickle Cell Disease


MCV Tapestry


Dentistry Class of 1962 Reunion 16 Giving from the Heart



Through your donations, the MCV Foundation provides integral support to the dedicated teachers, clinicians, researchers and students whose efforts place the MCV Campus among the world’s leading academic medical centers providing technically superb and compassionate care to patients. The MCV Foundation supports the education, research and clinical care mission of our MCV Campus Partners: School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Massey Cancer Center, MCV Alumni Association and MCV Hospitals.

On the Cover The VCU Medical Center was named #1 in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

Photo: Kevin E. Schindler

MCV Campus News

Welcome, Mr. Rector The MCV Foundation is proud to announce that its chair of the past four years, John C. Doswell II, D.D.S., took on the additional role of Rector of the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors on July 1, succeeding Thomas G. Snead, Jr. Dr. Doswell has been a member of the VCU Board of Visitors since 2003. During his tenure on the board, he has served on the Executive Committee, as Vice Rector, and as Secretary. In addition, he has served a turn on every committee and chaired the Student Affairs, Athletics and International Programs, and the Audit and Compliance committees. We are sure that Dr. Doswell will do great things within this new role. “I am enthusiastic about John’s leadership of

the board as we work to advance VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “I am grateful for his energetic, creative and steadfast involvement with the university and I look forward to working together with such a dynamic, positive and forward-thinking alum.” Doswell is a 1979 graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry and has been a periodontist since 1981 with a practice in Richmond. For his support, involvement and dedication to the university, Doswell received the VCU Alumni Star award in 1993 and the HodgesKay Service Award in 2007 for outstanding service to the MCV Alumni Association of VCU, the School of Dentistry, and VCU.

Dr. John C. Doswell II, Rector of VCU

Gathering Celebrates MCV’s Finest at Westminster Canterbury The MCV tradition of excellence was on display at an April 2012 gathering at Westminster Canterbury. More than 50 former and current faculty, staff, spouses and other guests were in attendance to remember days at the Medical College of Virginia and hear about its future. Dr. John Nestler, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, shared, “it is an honor to be in the room with those the men and women whom I looked up to as a resident at MCV and for whom I continue to have a great deal of respect and admiration.” The event, which provided Dr. Nestler an opportunity to share the latest news from the MCV campus, was hosted by Dr. Glenn Hurt, retired Ob/Gyn faculty, and Mrs. Anne Lower, wife of the late Dr. Richard Lower, a renouned cardiothoracic surgeon. During the evening, friends reunited and Dr. Nestler extended an invitation to come back to campus and see how it has grown and changed. “We continue to evolve and grow to keep pace with the needs of our patients as well as remain on the leading edge for research and medical care in the commonwealth and beyond,” said Nestler. “I hope you will come back to see your MCV. I know you will be very proud of the institution that we’ve become, in large part because of your accomplishments.” Top photo: Dr. John Nestler (left), Gil Rosenthal (center) and Dr. Leo Dunn (right) caught up with each other during the reception. Bottom photo: Dr. Bill Kotti (left) extended his gratitude to hosts Anne Lower and Dr. Glenn Hurt on behalf of the MCV Foundation. Event photos this page: CSI Studios

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Since 1949, the MCV Foundation has conducted itself according to its mission to “inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.” The impact made by the philanthropic support of the MCV Campus’ alumni and friends is monumental. As state funding continues to decline, we rely more and more on the generosity of our private benefactors to help us maintain and develop state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, patient care and research. In fact, we are delighted to share our cover story with you; this past summer U.S. News & World Report named the VCU Medical Center #1 in Virginia with four programs ranked in the top 50 in the nation – nephrology, pulmonology, orthopaedic surgery and urology. The VCU Medical Center ranked “high-performing” with a dozen other program areas as well.

Welcome to the Board

This year the MCV Foundation’s Board of Trustees welcomed six new members, John O. Beckner, R.Ph., P’78, Basil L. Hurst III, Darius A. Johnson, LaTonya Mallory, John F. Philips, D.D.S., and T.K. Somanath. This brings the trustees ranks to 48 active members. Mr. Beckner is a 1978 graduate of the VCU School of Pharmacy and is currently the Regional Pharmacy Manager of Martin’s Food Markets. He was awarded the Virginia Pharmacist Outstanding Pharmacist Award at the 130th Virginia Pharmacist Association’s Annual Convention. Mr. Beckner is a Trustee Emeritus of the Fundraising Advisory Board for the School of Pharmacy Deans Advisory Council. Mr. Hurst is the Managing Director at Plural Investments, LLC, a hedge fund founded in 2008. Prior to joining Plural Investments, Mr. Hurst was a Partner in International Marketing for Private Advisors, LLC and was responsible for the company’s business development and investor relations functions, as well as for the firm’s investor relationships outside of the United States. He has more than seven years of foreign exchange, fixed income, futures and options trading experience with Brown Brothers Harriman, Credit Suisse and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, Australia and Singapore. Mr. Johnson is the President of the Consolidated Division of Premier Bank. Prior to becoming the President of the Consolidated Division of Premier Bank, Mr. Johnson was President and CEO of Consolidated Bank and Trust. Aside from the MCV Foundation, Mr. Johnson is a member of the boards of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Radford University, Boaz Ruth and Venture Richmond. Ms. Mallory has been the President, CEO, and Co-Founder, of Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. since October 2008. She was named as an “Influential Woman” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2010. Ms. Mallory serves on the Board of Directors for The Venture Forum and the Virginia Biotechnology Association. She also serves on the Board of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, as well as Treasurer of the Lipids and Lipoproteins Division of that Board. Dr. Philips is a 1969 graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry. He is a registered investment advisor, a licensed life and long-term care insurance agent, and financial consultant focusing on advising health care professionals. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of the Doctors Bank and Beach Business Bank. Dr. Philips retired from practicing dentistry in 1986. He is a member of the MCV Society, the MCV Alumni Association and served on the VCU School of Dentistry Advisory Board from 2000 to 2009. He was named Outstanding Dental Alumnus in 2009.


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MCV Foundation

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John C. Doswell II, D.D.S. (left) and MCV Foundation President William P. Kotti, Ph.D. (right) share their enthusiasm for the year to come on the MCV Campus. Mr. Somanath is the executive director of Richmond’s Better Housing Coalition which he has led from its infancy in 1988. Mr. Somanath graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Mysore in India and came to the United States, finally settling down in Richmond. Mr. Somanath has been very active in establishing housing for low-income families while revitalizing deteriorating properties. He has challenged conventional styles in housing revitalization and enforced his own strategies which include unique place-making and participation by area residents in the development process. The MCV Foundation is pleased to welcome these new trustees to its Board. The experiences of these six new members with other boards and community leadership positions are welcomed additions to the Board community’s existing perspectives.

New Leadership

This year, Mr. James H. Starkey III succeeded Austin Brockenbrough III as Chair of the MCV Foundation’s Investment Committee and is building on the wonderful legacy of investment stewardship Mr. Brockenbrough provided for numerous years. Mr. L. Preston Hale also has taken over as a committee chair, replacing Ms. Ellen Spong who devoted several years of dedicated service as Chair of the Audit & Appropriations Committee.

Financial Facts

In Fiscal Year 2012 the MCV Foundation’s total assets were $410.2 million. In addition, the Foundation disbursed $29.4 million in support of scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, academic and research programs, equipment, patient care initiatives and other programs on the MCV Campus. For more information please see the Financial Position & Highlights included on the adjacent page.

Heartfelt Thanks

From everyone involved with the MCV Foundation’s efforts to support the MCV Campus we offer our heartfelt thanks to you, our supporters, friends, and alumni. The impact of your private support enriches the education of students, the lives of patients and the work of researchers in all five of our schools, VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Medical Center. On behalf of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees and staff, thank you.

John C. Doswell II, D.D.S. William P. Kotti, Ph.D. Chairman of the Board President

Financial Position & Highlights Medical College of Virginia Foundation Statement of Financial Position


For the year ended June 30, 2012 Amounts in thousands

Operating pooled investments Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,099 Long-term investments 77,066 Total operating pooled investments


Managed portfolio pooled investments


Agency assets


Other assets

22,157 Total Assets: $ 410,216

Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Debt service obligations Accounts payable Agency liabilities

$ 9,755 386 6,826

Total liabilities: $ 16,967

Net Assets Donor restricted Temporarily Permanently Unrestricted Board designated Other

$ 199,673 156,070 25,643 11,863

Total net assets: $ 393,249

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

Total Assets: $ 410,216

Medical College of Virginia Foundation Financial Highlights Total Assets (in millions)

For the year ended June 30, 2012 Amounts in thousands











Program Disbursements (in millions) 2008










Cash Contributions Totaling $77.7 million by Source 55.7% Friends and grateful patients 24.8% Corporations 8.5% Foundations 6.0% Organizations 5.1% Alumni

Disbursements Totaling $29.5 million by Program 79.3% Education, research and general 12.0% Faculty salaries and support 6.9% Scholarships and awards 1.5% Other program services 0.4% Indigent patient care

This is a condensed version of the financial statements submitted to the MCV Foundation. Our independent auditor issued an Unqualified Opinion on the complete financial statements, which can be obtained by writing or calling the MCV Foundation office.

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MCV Foundation Board of Trustees

MCV Foundation Trustees Celebrate 63 Years of Support

2012-2013 Ralph L. Anderson, D.D.S. John O. Beckner, R.Ph. Katherine C. Bobbitt, Ed.D. Roger L. Boevé Austin Brockenbrough III Louise Oliver Brooks Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Ph.D. Thomas N. Chewning Richard M. Clary, M.D. Judith B. Collins, W.H.N.P. William D. Covington, D.D.S. Charles F. Crone Norwood H. Davis, Jr. John C. Doswell II, D.D.S. Alice T. Goodwin Ann Parker Gottwald J. William Gray, Jr., Esq. Jeffrey H. Gumenick L. Preston Hale, R.Ph. JoAnne K. Henry, Ed.D. Basil L. Hurst III Darius A. Johnson Gail W. Johnson, R.N. Barry V. Kirkpatrick, M.D. Lee B. Krumbein David A. Lyons LaTonya Mallory John W. Martin Ronald H. McFarlane Dorothy A. Pauley Rebecca T. Perdue W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., D.D.S. John F. Philips, D.D.S. James H. Revere, D.D.S. Randolph N. Reynolds, Sr. James C. Roberts, Esq. Bertha C. Rolfe, R.Ph. T.K. Somanath James H. Starkey III Joseph M. Teefey Harry R. Thalhimer Bruce V. Thomas George W. Vetrovec, M.D. Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., M.Sc. Michelle V. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D. Henry L. Wilton Dianne Harris Wright Harold F. Young, M.D.





Ex Officio Members: Michael Rao, Ph.D. President of VCU

1: (left to right) Trustee Norwood Davis, Jr., Patricia Lyons and Trustee David Lyons caught up during the cocktail hour.

Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H. Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System and VCU Vice President for Health Sciences

2: (left to right) Trustee L. Preston Hale and Barbara Hale, welcome Pamela Beckner, and new Trustee John Beckner to their first MCV Foundation Annual Dinner. 3: This year’s Dr. Eugene P. Trani Award recipient Austen Brockenbrough III (left), celebrates with his wife, Jane Brockenbrough, son, Austin Brockenbrough IV, and daughter-in-law, Karen Brockenbrough (right).

President: William P. Kotti, Ph.D.


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This past spring, MCV Foundation trustees, their families, VCU leaders and special guests celebrated recent accomplishments at the MCV Foundation Board’s annual dinner. The event, held on May 14th, honored outstanding volunteer leaders and recapped highlights of achievements from the previous year, including the separation of conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia of the Dominican Republic, the School of Pharmacy’s reaccreditation as Virginia’s only pharmacy program with a six-year accreditation, and a new biomarker discovered by Massey Cancer Center researchers which can predict a breast cancer patient’s risk of cancer recurrence. Austin Brockenbrough III, received this year’s Dr. Eugene P. Trani Award for MCV Campus Leadership. Mr. Brockenbrough has served on the Board since 1993 when he took over managing the Foundation’s investments. He and a consortium of community leaders managed the investments of the MCV Foundation, VCU Foundation, VCU School of Business Foundation, the VCU Health System, and the Virginia Historical Society. The Robert W. Irby, M.D. Award for Philanthropic Leadership was presented to alumnus and faculty member of the medical school, Dr. James P. Neifeld. Dr. Neifeld has a long history with the MCV Campus beginning in 1968 when he was a medical student, then surgical resident and continuing with his return to join the faculty in 1978. Dr. Neifeld was Chair of the Department of Surgery and held the Stuart McGuire Professorship from 2003 until 2012. He remains an active force within the department. MCV Foundation Board Chair Dr. John C. Doswell II served as emcee for the evening which concluded with a performance by the School of Dentistry’s faculty band.

4: (left to right) Susan Lawrence, Dr. Walter Lawrence, and Dr. Jeff Levin enjoyed reminiscing about the MCV Campus. 5: Dr. James Neifeld celebrated his receipt of the Robert W. Irby, M.D. Award with his family (left to right) Emily, Ramona, and Jillian.

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MCV Society

Event photos this page: VCU Creative Services

Pictured above are MCV Society members Martha

Pictured above are MCV Foundation Trustee and

Booker, Frank Norvell, Ginny Crone and Charles Crone

MCV Society member Dr. Richard M. Clary, M’74,

standing outside of the Tuckahoe Plantation.

retired Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center and

Charles serves as an MCV Foundation Trustee.

MCV Society member Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr.,

Pictured right is the gate leading into the Tuckahoe

and his wife, Susan Lawrence, on a tour of the

Plantation’s lovely herb garden.

Tuckahoe Plantation.

Tuckahoe Plantation Welcomes MCV Society The MCV Society hosted its sixth annual spring outing in April at the Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s childhood home. The Tuckahoe Plantation is a National Historic Landmark built in 1733 on the banks of the James River west of Richmond. MCV Foundation President Bill Kotti, Ph.D. welcomed the group of over 90 MCV Society members and guests. He specifically acknowledged the MCV Society’s 17 new members and also recognized MCV Foundation Trustees, Lifetime Honorary Trustees, and VCU leaders in attendance. The Tuckahoe Plantation’s current owner, Tad Thompson, whose daughter is a medical student at VCU and whose father was a 1938 graduate of the medical school, welcomed the group to his home and provided a tour of the plantation. Attendees enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres in the courtyard and explored the estate’s beautiful gardens. Members enjoyed catching up with former classmates, colleagues, and friends. First Colony Winery of Charlottesville, Virginia, provided a wine tasting of several of their most popular selections. Previous MCV Society event venues include Agecroft Hall, Sweely Estate Winery, Barboursville Vineyards, Veritas

Vineyard and Winery, and the Williamsburg Winery. These annual outings have grown in popularity over the years and provide MCV Society members the chance to get together and foster relationships through a shared kinship for the Medical College of Virginia Campus. MCV Society members are truly helping tomorrow’s students, patients, researchers, professors, doctors, and care givers on every part of campus through their thoughtful plans. The MCV Foundation created the Heritage Society in 1994 to recognize and extend gratitude to those who have made provisions in their estate planning in support of any of the MCV Campus schools — Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy — as well as MCV Hospitals, Massey Cancer Center, or the TompkinsMcCaw Library. In 2003 the name of the society changed to the MCV Society to recognize the tradition of the Medical College of Virginia name. For information about joining the MCV Society, please contact Brian Thomas, Senior Executive Director of Development at (804) 828-0067 or Chronicle of Giving Winter 2013


Bragging Rights for the


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Left photo: Robert Adelaar, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Todd Gehr, M.D., chairman of the Division of Nephrology; Lance Hampton, M.D., chairman of the Division of Urology; and Alpha Fowler III, M.D., chairman of the division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine represent their respective U.S. News & World Report ranked departments. Right photo: The MCV Hospital Auxiliary of the VCU Health System announced a $500,000 gift at the celebration.

VCU Medical Center On a warm September afternoon, an enthusiastic crowd gathered for a celebratory toast at the Egyptian Building Plaza in the heart of the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Just a few months prior, U.S. News & World Report ranked the VCU Medical Center as the Number 1 hospital in Virginia in its 2012-13 “Best Hospitals” edition. Amid those gathered in the Egyptian

urology programs were ranked in the

Building plaza were proud administrators,

edition’s top 50.

physicians, clinicians, friends, grateful

Further, the VCU Medical Center

patients, and volunteers, the glow of

ranked “high-performing” in cancer;

the prestigious honor would no doubt

cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes

continue well into the evening.

and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat;

If that weren’t cause enough for celebra-

gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology;

tion, four of the medical center’s programs

neurology and neurosurgery; and

were cited for excellence. The nephrology,

rehabilitation medicine.

pulmonology, orthopaedic surgery and

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So, it seemed as good a time as any for VCU Rector and Chair of the MCV Foundation Board John Doswell, D.D.S. to recall the words of baseball great “Dizzie” Dean who, according to legend, is credited for the phrase, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it!” Doswell went on to say, “And these folks can do it! It doesn’t get any better than this!” VCU President Michael Rao agreed. “The ranking affirms what we knew and becomes a third party testimonial to all of our colleagues who are serving patients in the hospital and clinics. We have the best leadership in the entire Commonwealth,” he said. “Awards are nice things and I’m so glad to have the opportunity to celebrate, but they’re not the core of why we exist. They’re not the core of our mission. Our mission is about restoring and preserving health. It’s about the discovery of causes and cures for disease, about educating our healthcare workforce and about impacting and improving lives throughout the world.” Rao cited the separation of conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia of the Dominican Republic as perhaps the most recent testament to the expertise and quality of care found at VCU. “There are only a handful of places in the world where this complex procedure could possibly have taken place. I’m so proud of our team. We are Number 1, and I’m so glad that this has been reaffirmed.” The Tapia twin surgery involved a team of 200 professionals who worked over 20 hours to complete the separation. It’s this type of teamwork that, in the words of Alpha Fowler, M.D., division chairman of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, makes the VCU Medical Center operate as “a finely integrated machine.” “This recognition is significant and we all realize that it’s an honor,” Fowler said. “But our division works with the whole hospital, we’re not just off in one little area, so this award reflects the entire medical center. If there are weak links in the chain, it falls apart. You have to be ever vigilant to make sure that the links are strong. We’re a well oiled machine.” The theme of teamwork ran through all divisions that afternoon as chairs and directors commented on their prestigious honors. John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, noted the significance of teamwork that is found throughout the VCU Medical Center. Both he and the Dean of Medicine, Jerry F. Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., spoke of their gratitude for the thousands of professionals who work together every day on behalf of their patients. “It’s great to be a part of a great team and this recognition is reflective of the whole institution,” said Todd Gehr, M.D., chairman of the Division of Nephrology. “Having this


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honor reflects everybody, not just the kidney doctors. It reflects the hospital care and the support of the hospital administration by allowing us the infrastructure to do our work. We spend a lot of time with our patients and we give great care.” Great care and patient-focused teams are found throughout the VCU Medical Center. “As the busiest orthopaedic hospital in the region, we’re at the forefront of providing the most appropriate and responsive treatment available,” said Robert Adelaar, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “To be recognized as one of the most comprehensive and experienced programs in the country is a testament to our team approach and to our patient-centered commitment to excellence.” For Lance Hampton, M.D., chairman of the Division of Urology, the honor represents a chance for the division to extend its reach beyond the Richmond area. “This is the beginning for us. The ranking shows that the changes we’ve made in the division are really paying off in terms of being able to get more patients in and perform more advanced procedures. It allows us to provide more state of the art care for patients. Our team has embraced new technology and because of that, we’re able to offer our patients operations that we wouldn’t normally have been able to do a few years ago.” In a generous show of support for the VCU Medical Center’s continuing legacy of excellence, Jo Ann Burton, president of the MCV Hospital Auxiliary of the VCU Health System, announced a $500,000 gift on behalf of the vibrant volunteer organization. “This is a monumental thing for the Auxiliary to do,” Burton said. “Never in our wildest dreams did we have any idea we would be able to do something like this and we take great pride in being a small part of what makes the hospital as wonderful as it is.” The U.S. News & World Report distinction is the newest addition to a growing list of accolades the VCU Medical Center has received including Beacon Awards for nursing and clinical care in five intensive care units, Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® designations by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the 2011 Magnet re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a seventh recognition by Working Mother magazine as one of “100 Best Companies” and a number of local and national recognitions such as “top doctor” listings for many of faculty members. Dizzie Dean would have no trouble bragging about that!

Cancer-dedicated floors take shape T Photos: VCU Creative Services

he new 12 story James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center has been designed to house the most significant renovation to the school’s curriculum in the past 30 years. In this building, the school’s faculty will pioneer new approaches to training physicians. With a focus on team-based, clinically-driven problem solving, the building will house flexible, small-group learning studios and a leading edge Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. Just as importantly, this new facility will help meet the projected physician shortage by accommodating an increase in class size from 200 to 250, increasing the total medical student body to 1,000. Alumni, faculty and friends are backing the vision for the new facility and have contributed more than $40 million to the School of Medicine campaign. Aside from serving as a facility to train America’s future doctors, the McGlothlin Medical Education Center will also enable significant growth in cancer research capabilities at VCU Massey Cancer Center. In November 2010, the Cabell Foundation made a challenge grant to Massey, agreeing to a gift of $750,000 toward the cancer center’s floors in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center if twice that amount was raised in private sources by June 30, 2012. Nearly two months ahead of schedule, Massey was able to meet that challenge. To date, more than $2.9 million in philanthropic funds has been raised to support the portions of the building that are designated to Massey. The Massey Research Pavilion—floors 11 and 12 of the 12-story building—will provide 27,000

square feet of dedicated space for researchers, and will be the hub of research for hematology and oncology, clinical trials, radiation physics and cancer prevention and control. Each floor will be appointed with a suite of research offices and conference rooms. In addition, the Shared Resource Laboratory on the ground floor of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center will house structural biology and research testing equipment that will support multiple research projects aimed at defining precise structures of large molecules and complexes that are critical in cancer cells. Massey is charged with raising $7 million for its portion of the building, a key component of Massey’s $100 million Research for Life Campaign, the largest campaign in Massey’s history. The Research for Life Campaign focuses on funding the people, places and programs that will allow Massey’s research to progress quickly, in order to improve, extend and save the lives of those facing cancer. With more than $75 million raised, Massey launched the campaign to the public in November 2012 establishing the goal to raise remaining funds by June 2014. “The McGlothlin Medical Education Center will really allow Massey’s faculty to foster robust, collaborative research endeavors that will no doubt result in exciting progress in our mission,” said Gordon Ginder, M.D., Massey’s director. “As always, we are incredibly fortunate to have a community of donors that understands the long-term payoff for investing in this resource.” Chronicle of Giving Winter 2013


Cardiology Consortium 2012: A toast to “The Miracle College”

Pictured above are Julie Baxter, Paul Dresser and Merrill Plaisted making introductions during the reception of this past year’s Cardiology Consortium at The Commonwealth Club in Richmond.

Dr. Sheldon Retchin (left), catches up with Dr. Hermes Kontos and Stan Pauley prior to the Consortium dinner.


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The 2012 Cardiology Consortium welcomed a record group of 91 guests. The opportunity to bring together people who deeply care about cardiovascular disease is one that is greatly appreciated by those who work with the VCU Pauley Heart Center. MCV alumnus Dr. Jeff Marshall returned to Richmond from Gainesville, Georgia to provide the evening’s key note address. A highly respected cardiologist operating 16 clinics and recently opening a cardiac care hospital in Georgia, Dr. Marshall credits much of his success to the training he received at MCV. Dr. Marshall affectionately refers to MCV as the “Miracle College of Virginia” because of the advances in cardiac care that were born at the institution. “We witnessed miracles on a regular basis,” said Marshall who also applauded MCV faculty for teaching residents and fellows not only the science but also the art of medicine. The evening continued with the recognition of two retiring faculty members. Dr. David Richardson and Dr. Michael Hess were celebrated for their service to the institution as clinicians, researchers, and teachers. Dr. Richardson’s career spanned nearly 57 years and his impact on his colleagues and the institution is widely felt. Dr. Hess was recognized in a heartfelt poem written by the wife of a former patient who praised the care he provided to her late husband for 32 years. This year’s consortium also provided an opportunity to highlight recent accomplishments and showcase active research endeavors. Dr. George Vetrovec’s work to explore new treatments in his catheterization lab was praised as well as Dr. Ian Nixon’s recent honor in receiving the American Heart Association Award of Meritorious Achievement. Dr. Ken Ellenbogen, Cardiology Division Chair, also reminded the crowd of MCV’s leadership in the field of heart transplantation. Dr. Ellenbogen reflected on these achievements and reminded the group that their work is not done, saying, “Heart disease causes more deaths than cancer, AIDS and infections, combined.” Heart disease continues to demand medical resources and attention both in clinical care but also in the development of research breakthroughs that can improve that care. At the conclusion of the evening, Dr. Ellenbogen thanked the guests for their support of the VCU Pauley Heart Center. Each guest received a Pauley Heart Center lapel pin to help raise awareness of the amazing research and care provided on the MCV Campus.


hrough the generosity of many alumni and


friends, the Endoscopy Suite in the Gateway Building has been named in honor of Dr. Alvin M. Zfass and will serve as a lasting tribute to one of MCV’s true heroes and icons. More than 100 alumni, colleagues, family and friends gathered for the unveiling of the plaque in November, 2011. Some guests traveled from as far away as Texas and New York to attend this event. Remarks were made by Dr. Sheldon Retchin, CEO of VCU Health System; John Duval, CEO of


MCV Hospitals; Dr. Jerry Strauss, Dean of the Medical School; and Dr. John Nestler, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. All of the speakers praised Dr. Zfass for his dedication to his patients and students and for the impact that he has made on the MCV Campus.

Dr. Alvin Zfass is Honored

Dr. Zfass attended medical school at MCV and received his degree in 1957. He was the first to receive the Distinguished Medical Teaching Award at Virginia Commonwealth University 3

in 1991, and won “Teacher of the Year” for 20 consecutive years, in part for the M-II course he organized. Over the years, Dr. Zfass has trained more than 250 gastroenterology fellows and has been honored with numerous awards for his exceptional teaching abilities. 1. Pictured above is Dr. Alvin M. Zfass with Sasha and Andrej Vlahcevic, sons of the late Dr. Z. Reno Vlahcevic. 2. Dr. Zfass thanked the alumni, colleagues, and friends who came to honor him at the dedication of the Endoscopy Suite in his name.


3. Dr. Zfass and his sister, Raye Keller, (center) posed with leaders from the VCU Medial Center, VCU School of Medicine, and the VCU Health System. 4. Dr. Zfass catches up with Martha Vermilya during the reception.

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Brunch Brings Donors and Recipients Together 1

The MCV Foundation hosted the 8th Annual MCV Campus Endowed Scholarship Brunch on Sunday, November 4th in the Grand Ballroom of the Jefferson Hotel. Over 330 donors, scholarship recipients and guests attended this event. MCV Foundation President Bill Kotti, Ph.D. stated that there were twenty-five new scholarships for the 20122013 academic year, bringing the total number of endowed scholarships for the MCV Campus to 244. VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. spoke about the important role scholarships play in attracting excellent students who will 2

go on to become the health care providers of the future. During the brunch, two student scholarship recipients made remarks. School of Allied Health Professions student Peter Long-Innes, who holds the HCA Scholarship for Emerging Healthcare Leaders, and School of Dentistry student Julia Niculescu, who holds the J. Marvin Reynolds Prosthodontic Scholarship, shared students’ perspectives on how scholarships can change lives for the better.


1: VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. spoke about the important role scholarships have in helping to meet the health care needs of the future. He challenged the MCV Campus’ schools to educate and train leaders in their respective fields. 2: School of Dentistry student Elvi Barcoma, the recipient of the Class of 1977 Scholarship for Dentistry, chatted with Dr. Michael McMunn, the Class of 1977’s representative. 3: (left to right) MCV Foundation President Bill Kotti, Ph.D., student speakers Peter Long-Innes and Julia Niculescu, SeniorVice President for Health Sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System Dr. Sheldon Retchin, and MCV Foundation Chair and Rector of VCU Dr. John Doswell II enjoyed the opportunity to share the impact scholarships have on students with both scholarship recipients and their donors.



4: Drs. Linda and Richard Costanzo enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their scholarship recipient, medical student Nina Olsen, and her husband, Jeffrey. They were joined by medical student Denee Moore, the Jean L. Harris, MD Scholarship and the Lillian H. and Stewart R. Moore Scholarship recipient; Jonathan Ramey, the Mary Elizabeth Anderson Memorial Scholarship and the Jennings Reid Hartsell and Marilyn Mueller Koslofski Nursing Scholarship recipient; and Brianne McGuinness, the Dr. Thomas H. Tatum MVC D.D.S.’63 Scholarship recipient. Event photos this page: CSI Studios

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VCU and the Farrior Foundation Tackle Sickle Cell Anemia The VCU Medical Center and the James Farrior Foundation

often unexpected episodes of intense pain.

joined forces in April and hosted a fundraiser benefitting the

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive care to those

adult and pediatric sickle cell programs at VCU Medical

suffering from the disease to help them and their families

Center and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

deal with all of the ways that sickle cell impacts their lives,”

James Farrior and Ryan Clark, Super Bowl XL and XLIII

said Dr. India Sisler, a physician with Children’s Hospital of

Champions with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helped to raise

Richmond at VCU. “They can greatly benefit from the care

funds and awareness for sickle cell treatment and research

of psychologists, educational consultants, social workers and

at VCU. “James, Ryan and the entire Farrior Foundation

physicians,” said Dr. Sisler.

are overjoyed to not only support VCU’s leading sickle cell

The event featured dinner, dancing, a silent and live auction

research and treatment programs, but also to bring atten-

and poignant presentations, as well as the opportunity for

tion to a serious and often overlooked disease,” said Farrior

attendees to join the bone marrow registry. Currently, the

Foundation Vice President Matt Farrior. He added, “to be

only cure for sickle cell disease is a bone marrow transplant.

helping in Richmond, in our community, is an honor.” Matt

VCU is the only pediatric bone marrow transplant site in

and his brother, James, attended Matoaca High School in

Virginia and currently offers this life-saving cure to its pa-

Chesterfield County, Virginia. There are more than 900

tients. By collaborating with the James Farrior Foundation,

children and adults throughout Central Virginia with sickle

VCU hopes to increase the number of donors on the bone

cell disease, a chronic, inherited blood disorder that affects

marrow registry and to make this cure more widely available

red blood cells. People with the disease experience periodic,

to sickle cell patients around the country.

(left to right) Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark, Darryl Klu and Darren Klu and former Pittsburgh Steeler James Farrior posed at the event. Right Photo: Event attendee Will Tunner shows one of the evening’s auction items, a signed Terrible Towel from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Left Photo:

Event photos this page: Kim Lee Photography

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Allied Health The history of the Medical College of Virginia is varied and can be likened to a tapestry, woven of individual threads that together make up a bigger picture but retain their own individual identity as well. You might know that the Medical College of Virginia was founded in 1838 as the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College. What you might not know is how the School of Allied Health Professions developed from there. Instruction in the allied health fields at MCV began in the 1930s. Here are some additional facts about the early years of the departments that now comprise the VCU School of Allied Health Professions:

• Instruction in Clinical Laboratory Sciences began in 1927 and became the School of Medical Technology at Medical College of Virginia starting in 1952. It took the name of Clinical Laboratory Science in 1994, growing from a certificate program to baccalaureate, master’s and the only Ph.D. option in the county. The school remains one of 30 institutions in the nation to offer advance degrees in CLS. • In 1930, the MCV Hospital initiated a certificate program in Radiation Sciences, and took its name officially in 1974. Today the department provides both baccalaureate and doctorate degrees in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy and Radiography. The school offers Virginia’s only baccalaureate program with content specific to Radiography and Radiation Therapy and the only Nuclear Medicine program in Central Virginia. • In 1931, the certificate program in Physical Therapy at Richmond Professional Institute (RPI) gained accreditation. In 1944-1945, it became the Physical Therapy Department as part of the Baruch School with funding from philanthropist Bernard Baruch. In 1946, it became the first advanced master’s in PT program in the nation, established at MCV. This sequence created a base for what is now the prestigious of Physical Therapy Department with more than 700 applicants this past academic year for the doctorate of PT program.


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• In 1942, RPI started a program in Occupational Therapy meeting the OT needs of our nation’s returning war veterans. The program transferred to the School of Allied Health Professions in 1970 and is currently ranked 13th in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list, providing comprehensive academic OT programs with laboratory and research unparallel to our sister institutions. • In 1949, Mr. Charles P. Cardwell, Jr., and Dr. William T. Sanger were instrumental in organizing the School of Hospital Administration. Shortly after, the first class graduated in 1951. The name changed to Health Administration in 1978 and currently holds the No. 5 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list. • Rehabilitation Counseling started in 1955 at RPI and was transferred to the School of Allied Health Professions in 1994. This department is highly recognized for securing research grants and currently holds the national ranking of No. 7 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list. • In 1958, MCV Hospital developed a Clinical Pastoral Education Center. The Patient Counseling Program also began that same year. The Rev. George Polk was the first African-American to become a certified supervisor by the Association for CPE and was a member of the 1959 resident class. In 1970, the Program in Patient Counseling joined the School of Allied Health Professions, and in 2000 began offering the first master’s degree in CPE. • In 1969, the School of Allied Health Professions was established at VCU. On January 9, Dr. Thomas C. Barker became the first dean of the School. • This same year, the School of Allied Health Professions established the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. On its 10-year anniversary, the department became the first in the nation to offer a post baccalaureate master’s degree in nurse anesthesia. In 2003, the department claimed the No. 1 spot in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list and has held this honor for the past nine years.

• The Department of Gerontology began in 1976 and was formally made a part of the school in 1985, providing elder care through education. The department provides master’s and certificate education, along with doctorate degrees through the School’s Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences Program. In 1983, the Alzheimer’s Fund was established through philanthropic support and provides professional development for students in this area. The department celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011 with record alumni engagement events and the launch of an endowed chair fundraising campaign. • In 1978, the Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Center on Aging, based in the School and serving as an interdisplinary study of research, information and resource facility. • On April 2, 1997, Dr. Cecil B. Drain became


Professions the second dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.

• In 1998, the School of Allied Health Professions accepted the first students into the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences. • In 2008, the School of Allied Health Professions’ enrollment exceeded 1,000 students.

• The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list of 2011 ranks the School of Allied Health Professions with more programs in the top 20 than any other allied health program in the nation. • This year, the school celebrated the 85th anniversary of its Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, formerly Medical Technology, its most senior program. The program has raised record gifts for the department and school, including funding for the new Health Diagnostic Laboratory Student Scholars Program.

Photos courtesy of the VCU School of Allied Health Professions’ Departments of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Physical Therapy.

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Years of Gratitude Dentistry Class of 1962

“We owe everything to our education at the dental school,” exclaimed Dr. Maury A. “Al” Hubbard D’62 in response to the question of why he was so passionate in leading his class’s recent 50th reunion fundraising efforts. Hubbard, along with classmate and life-long friend, Dr. William D. “Bill” Covington D’62, knows the importance of educational opportunity and alumni involvement in the success of today’s dental students.

Photo: Doug Buerlein

Dr. Maury A. “Al” Hubbard (left) and Dr. William D. Covington (right) presented Dean David C. Sarrett, D.M.D. with the VCU School of Dentistry Class of 1962’s Reunion check in the amount of $311,500.

On most Fridays of the last five decades, you could find Hubbard and Covington in the student clinics as part-time faculty sharing the skills and wisdom acquired from successful private general dentistry practices with novice practitioners eager to learn the tricks of the trade. “The students are a joy to teach,” says Covington, “they are why we haven’t stopped coming back for the last fifty years!” Many 1962 dentistry classmates recently returned to campus to mark a half century since their time together under the tutelage of Dean Harry Lyons and his faculty. Besides celebrating their personal successes and collective service to thousands of patients around the country, the group decided to honor Dr. Lyon’s legacy with a new endowed student scholarship in his name.


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While planning their reunion, Hubbard consulted his classmates and they decided on a $300,000 goal. Through letters and phone calls, the group solicited and secured commitments totaling more than $310,000. The final gift that put them over the goal came as a surprise on Saturday of Reunion Weekend. During VCU President Dr. Michael Rao’s congratulatory address to the class, VCU mascot Rodney the Ram interrupted the proceedings to deliver a surprise “telegRAM.” Rao read the message announcing a $50,000 gift from Covington’s wife, Joseé, and their three sons to honor Covington and his 50 years of service. The 1962 dentistry reunion giving effort brings full circle a commitment all members of the class made at their graduation. In 1962, each member pledged to give $1,000 to their alma mater within his lifetime. A bronze plaque was commissioned to hang in the school to serve as testament to this act of collective generosity. Decades later during renovations to the Wood Memorial Building, school officials placed the plaque in the attic for safekeeping. In 2008, a group of senior dental students discovered the plaque and recognized names of several of their part-time faculty, including Hubbard and Covington, as well as Dr. J. Gary Maynard, Jr. Impressed, the dental students resolved to resurrect the graduation pledge tradition. That year, senior dental students pledged $125,000 to the school. Subsequent classes followed suit with the Class of 2012 making a record $137,000 gift. After hearing Dr. Michael Catoggio D’08 tell the story of how the 1962 plaque inspired new graduation giving, members of the class of 1962 gathered for a special ceremony. Unveiled by Drs. Rao and Hubbard, the original bronze plaque from 1962 now hangs proudly again in the school. An additional plaque tells the remarkable story of how the class of 1962’s pledge fostered a new generation to give back to their shared alma mater. A third plaque commemorates the new class of 1962 reunion endowment honoring Dean Harry Lyons. Listed on the newest bronze plaque will be the names of class members who, with their reunion gifts, generously acknowledged that their years together in dental school were essential to their successes over the past half-century. “We are tremendously grateful to members the D.D.S. Class of 1962,” said Dr. David Sarrett, Dean of the dental school. “Their graduation pledge 50 years ago inspired our current students to support the school with their own gifts and the 50-year reunion endowment sets a new example of alumni reunion generosity.”

Giving from the Heart The Gouldins Establish Scholarships in Physical Therapy and Nursing T. Winston Gouldin (M’54) and Eleanor Gouldin (N’53) of Norfolk, Virginia have established a commitment to VCU that will provide opportunities for future students, while preserving a memory close to their hearts. The Gouldins recently established a charitable gift annuity through the MCV Foundation, enabling them to provide scholarships that will benefit students in both the School of Allied Health Professions and the School of Nursing. As a result, they will add $100,000 to the existing Cindy Gouldin Scholarship for Physical Therapy in the School of Allied Health Professions and give $50,000 to establish the Eleanor Leach Gouldin Scholarship at the School of Nursing. The physical therapy scholarship is named in memory of the couple’s daughter, Cindy (AHP’87), who died at the age of 39 from brain tumor complications. She was a physical therapist and a prolific volunteer known for a spirit of giving and compassion as well as being passionate about her work. “When you lose a loved one, it leaves a hole in your heart,” T. Winston Gouldin said. “I think that’s especially true when it comes to children. We were searching, ever since she died, for ways to honor her.” “The Gouldins’ scholarship in memory of Cindy keeps her spirit an active part of our Department of Physical Therapy,” said Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions. “As with all our wonderful scholarships, our faculty continue to assure that the students, especially the recipient students, become completely aware of the person the scholarship was donated on behalf of. In this case, Cindy Gouldin and her great work as a physical therapist and as a person will always live on in the hearts of our students. This scholarship will allow opportunities for these students that they might otherwise not have been given.

The nursing scholarship is named in honor of Eleanor Gouldin, who graduated from the School of Nursing in 1953. She taught surgical nursing at MCV for a year and spent a year teaching at the University of Alabama Medical Center. After their “nest” became empty, Eleanor worked as a nurse at Ocean View Family Practice in Norfolk. “We are honored that the Gouldins have chosen to invest in our school,” said Nancy Langston, Ph.D., professor and Dean of the School of Nursing. “Their commitment to VCU is commendable and demonstrates a very meaningful way that alumni can make a difference at their alma mater. The Eleanor Leach Gouldin Scholarship will benefit future generations of nursing students and serve as a legacy for the Gouldin family.” The Gouldins have more than 10 family members who can claim VCU as their alma mater. In addition to their late daughter, Cindy, their other four children all graduated from MCV with degrees in health care. They are Jane Brown (N’77), Winston M. Gouldin ( P’98 PharmD), Catherine Gouldin (M’85) and Susan Pearson (P’79). In addition, Susan’s husband, Barry (P’79), is an alumnus, as is Dr. Gouldin’s oldest brother, the late John Milton Gouldin III (M’44) and another brother, Edmund Gouldin (M’49). Dr. Gouldin’s father, John Milton Gouldin II (M’1904), is also an alumnus.

Dr. T. Winston and Eleanor Gouldin traveled in style while on a recent trip to Egypt.

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