Committee Members


Donna Chen, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities,
Department of Public Health Sciences, and
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
(434) 243-5804


John Jane, Jr., M.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
Director, Neurosurgical Training Program
Pediatrics Division Director
Department of Neurosurgery
(434) 243-5749

Faculty Members

Robert Boyle, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics

Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Research
Director of Curriculum Evaluation
(434) 243-6663

Diane Farineau
Director of the Graduate Medical Education Office
(434) 924-0425

Sara K. Rasmussen, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery

Lesley Thomas, J.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
(434) 243-2522

Stephen J. Wolf, M.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Student Members

Class of 2019
Michaela Banks
Madeline Carmain
Taylor Jones
Connor Wang

Class of 2020
Devon Fiorino
Peter Liaw
Katya Swarts
Shannon Wright

Class of 2021
Emily McDowell
Christina Morello
Maggie Rowe
Harrison Snyder


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Composition of Committee:

The committee is chaired by a physician with recent or current clinical experience. Also serving on the committee is a clinician Vice Chair and three additional clinical faculty members.  The Assistant Dean for Medical Education, the curriculum Director of Evaluation and the Director of the GME Office are ex officio members. Four medical students from each class serve on the committee – two are elected by their class in the first year and two are elected prior to the start of clerkships.

The Chair and Vice Chair are appointed by the Dean of the SOM.  The Senior Associate Dean for Education solicits nominations from the Mulholland student government, department chairs and the faculty at large for the three additional clinical faculty positions, and recommends potential members to the UVA SOM Dean for appointment. All faculty members who are not ex-officio, including the Chair and Vice Chair, are appointed by the Dean of the SOM for three-year terms, with the possibility of one consecutive renewal. Members may be invited to return after a two-year hiatus for an additional term.

An MSAC faculty member who has unexcused absences from three consecutive regular Committee meetings may be removed.  Prior to this action, the MSAC Chair will provide the member in question with written notice of possible removal. Members who cannot attend the majority of the meetings due to illness or sabbatical, etc. may request that the MSAC Chair, in consultation with the Senior Associate Dean and subject to the approval of the Dean, appoint a substitute for them during the duration of their absence.

Meetings are held monthly. While a specific quorum is not necessary, meetings are held only if students are in attendance.