PULSE: Fall 2019

The Campaign Issue
Answers Within Reach

An idea is not only an idea—it’s an answer, a breakthrough, the spark of comfort and hope. Over the last decade, UVA Health has pioneered some of the best medical and nursing ideas in the world.


What does it take to build groundbreaking research programs that will change how we deliver care to patients now and in the future? We must be able to recruit and retain star investigators and physician-scientists who believe that cures for devastating illnesses are within reach.


UVA has made fundamental discoveries in cancer, cardiology, and neurology that are now the standards of care for patients. Clinical trials and programmatic support help us put our best ideas into practice, every day for every patient, when and where they need it.


Long before a star researcher’s discovery turns the scientific community on its head, that researcher is a student. Training the next generation of nurses, doctors, and researchers is an essential part of the pursuit of new knowledge. Supporting students with scholarships and fellowships is an invaluable gift to promising young minds.


UVA Orthopedics’  Ivy Mountain Project has one driving motivation: getting you back to doing what you love. The state-of-the-art outpatient facility will offer seamless care found in few other places—all in one, easily accessible setting.


What if we lived in a world that was fully prepared to support the 1 in 59 children who live with autism? A world where diagnoses are made faster, interventions happen earlier, and school districts are equipped to care for the special needs of these children? At UVA Brain Institute, we are pursuing answers to challenging questions about autism’s causes and best treatments.


Healthy living and disease recovery are big, expansive goals. The key to both, however, may be very small. Microcirculation small. Shayn Peirce-Cottler, PhD, is a proud ’Hoo (Eng. ’02) and a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UVA. Her research focuses on capillaries, tiny blood vessels that transport everything from water and oxygen to glucose and carbon dioxide.


Tamara and Daryl Bennett started dating when he was 17 and she was 15. For the next 41 years, they were inseparable. They made a home together, and they built a life that they both loved. Then Daryl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that brought him to UVA Cancer Center.


Today’s surgical residents need training that is broad and extensive. They also need to stay up to date on the latest and best methods. No one knows that better than Francis Shen, MD (Med ’96, Res ’02), who is the Warren G. Stamp Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and division head of orthopedic spine surgery at UVA.


The Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center building opened eight years ago in the heart of the UVA Health complex. Thanks to generous philanthropic contributions, a shelled fourth floor was built to accommodate future growth.