About the School of Medicine

At the University of Virginia School of Medicine, our mission is to transform health and inspire hope for all Virginians and beyond. Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public academic School of Medicine and the best place to work-while transforming patient care, research, education and management with the diverse communities we serve.

Dean Melina Kibbe welcomes you to the UVA School of Medicine

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, the 17th dean of the UVA School of Medicine and chief health affairs officer for UVA Health welcomes you to UVA School of Medicine. Dr. Kibbe is building on the momentum generated by former Dean David Wilkes' leadership as the School continues to pursue its mission of excellence in education, research and patient care. ( video transcript )

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Pillars of the School of Medicine


We train the next generation of health science professionals and advance knowledge in the medical sciences by strengthening and expanding our world-class educational programs. We achieve this by:

  • Recognizing, supporting and rewarding outstanding educators
  • Continuing to bolster efforts to achieve or exceed national benchmarks for diversity across all educational programs
  • Cultivating a nurturing and respectful learning environment for our students and trainees
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We conduct innovative and impactful research that will improve human health by serving as a hub for scientific discovery and its translation to clinical care. We achieve this by:

  • Creating a new research facility and program focused on biotechnology and translational clinical care
  • Committing resources to retaining our team of talented researchers and capitalizing on investments in our research infrastructure
  • Expanding our nationally distinctive research programs by recruiting over one hundred net new physicians, scientists, and physician-scientists
  • Building a robust clinical research infrastructure that offers support at all levels of clinical research
  • Significantly expanding access to clinical trials with the creation of a state-wide clinical trials network
  • Creating a clinical data repository
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We radically improve patient access, enhance the patient experience, and lead in the delivery of the highest-quality patient-centered care. We achieve this by:

  • Opening new ambulatory sites of care and recruiting more providers to enable the right care, in the right place, at the right time
  • Enhancing our “digital front door” capabilities and modernizing our ambulatory operations to improve access and ensure a seamless patient experience
  • Fortifying a quality and safety infrastructure that enables consistent measurement and achievement of high quality care that is of value to the patients we serve
  • Implementing clinical pathways to reduce unwarranted variation in care
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We build a supportive culture of pride, fulfillment, and a sense of belonging for all, while becoming the best place to work, learn and grow. We also deepen our relationships with the communities we serve and innovatively address the most pressing community health needs. We achieve this by:

  • Supporting the career development of all team members
  • Fostering a culture of “yes” and innovation
  • Creating a workforce that is diverse and inclusive and resembles the communities we serve
  • Opening new community-based neighborhood clinics and outreach sites that address our community’s needs
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Highlights at the School of Medicine

Life at the School of Medicine

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Faculty Affairs & Development

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Medical Alumni Association

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LCME Accreditation 2023

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