Annual Report: From the Dean
Since having the honor of becoming the School of Medicine’s 17th dean a year ago, I have been inspired by the incredible talent, passion, courage, and excellence among the School’s faculty, staff, trainees, students, and alumni. Now I am thrilled to share with you the 2022 University of Virginia School of Medicine Annual Report!
The School’s stellar reputation points to its top rankings such as U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Medical School” category where we most recently ranked #30.
In the pages ahead you’ll learn more reasons for our significant standing, such as national recognitions and accomplishments like Jochen Zimmer, PhD, being named a Howard Hughes Investigator, and Tracy Downs, MD, becoming the inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Medicine. We’re proud that the UVA Cancer Center was awarded the prestigious NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation; and we’re celebrating that our beautiful new UVA Orthopedic Center came online after 10 years of dreaming and hard work.
The past year has been full of rigorous evaluation and historic boldness as we spent a year drafting the first enterprise-wide Strategic Plan for the future of UVA Health. I’m also excited that the School has an aligned leadership team with UVA Health. With aligned leaders, anything is possible.
UVA Health revamped Mission Statement — the very reason we exist — says we are “transforming health and inspiring hope for all Virginians and beyond.” I especially love that element of hope — looking toward an even better future. To ensure that happens, 2023 and the next decade will be full of exciting growth and excellence. I invite you to join us as we build One Future Together.
Melina Kibbe, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science
Chief Health Affairs Officer, UVA Health