Meet Our Staff

gregory townsend 2Gregory C. Townsend, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education

Greg Townsend was appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Medical Education at the School of Medicine in 2014. He shares general responsibility for promoting the educational mission of the School and provides leadership, information, and counsel to students, faculty, and staff to facilitate a positive experience for all as part of a diverse community. Dr. Townsend leads the School of Medicine’s Diversity Consortium, and is a member of its Admissions Committee and Diversity Steering Committee. He also sits on the University-wide Diversity Council. (more)

 

 Linda Duska, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Committee on Women Co-Chair

CoW co-chair Dr. Linda Duska is the Associate Dean for Clinical Research. Dr. Duska is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, where she is fellowship director. Her research expertise is in clinical trials, particularly Phase I, and endometrial cancer. She is a member of the Faculty Senate and co-chair of the Committee on Women. Previously, Dr. Duska served as Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Research. She will continue the work of supporting and enhancing all aspects of research and training in clinical investigation, including funding, space, compliance, and program development. This work is critical in carrying out the School of Medicine’s academic strategic plan and the Health System’s goal of increasing translational research.

Carol Manning PhD, ABPP-CNCarol Manning
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Committee on Women Co-Chair

Committee on Women co-chair, Associate Professor (Chief, Neuropsychology, Vice Chair-Neuropsychology/Memory Disorders)
Dr. Manning is the Director of the Behavioral Neuropsychology Lab, Vice Chair for Faculty Development in Neurology, as well as Director (and co-founder) of the Memory Aging and Care Clinic.  Dr. Manning is a tenured Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology.  She has published work in the areas of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. She oversees and coordinates the many opportunities for our postdoctoral fellows to become involved in Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) activities and neuroclinical trials. Our satellite ADRC focuses on minority and rural individuals with dementia and Dr. Manning has been integral in its establishment and the recruitment and retention of participants.  She is particularly interested in the impact of dementia on caregivers and families.  In addition, she teaches graduate courses on the biological bases of mental illness and on assessment.

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Michael D. Williams, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the UVA Center for Health Policy

Michael Williams joined UVA’s faculty in 2012 as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery, and directs the Emergency General Surgery service at UVA Medical Center.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Williams attended UVA School Of Medicine, graduating in 1993. He did a residency in general surgery at Louisiana State University’s training program at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and then went on to Washington, D.C., for consecutive one-year fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at Washington Hospital.(more)

Marcus L. Martin, MD image_mini
University Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity

Dr. Martin has served in a variety of roles in support of diversity and equity at the University of Virginia, including as assistant dean in the School of Medicine, and as assistant and associate vice president in the UVA Office of Diversity. In 2011, Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at UVA.
A native of Covington, Virginia, he earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University, where he was the first African American varsity football player. After working as a production chemical engineer at WESTVACO in Covington, he enrolled in Eastern Virginia Medical School as a member of its charter class, and was its first African American graduate, earning his MD in 1976. (more) 

picLeah Beard
Assistant Director, Diversity Programs

Leah is the Engagement and Community Outreach Manager for UVA’s School of Medicine, Office of Diversity. She supports and coordinates pipeline programs for the community and organizes outreach events for the School of Medicine.  Leah also is the Communications Manager for the office, spearheading the new website, annual report, newsletters, and social media initiatives. She is a member of UVA’s Diversity Council, the School of Medicine Diversity Consortium and the School of Medicine’s Committee on Women. Leah received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Longwood University.

Judy Pointer, MEdJudy Pointer
Administrative Generalist, Diversity Programs

As program administrator, Judy Pointer provides key support to the School of Medicine’s Office for Diversity. She serves as a liaison between the Diversity office and the Student National Medical Association, the Latino Medical Student Association, and the Association of Native American Medical Students, among others.
Judy is a mentor to students and a member of both the UVA Diversity Council and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators. She helps organize the School’s participation in recruitment fairs at UVA and across the country. She received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University/Peabody College.

Joyce GrayJoyce Gray
Program Manager, SMLP

With forty years of service at UVA in programs that include African American Affairs, Student Academic Support, Strategic Programs, and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) and most recently the Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP), Joyce Gray has become the heart of the School of Medicine’s diversity programs.
Joyce serves as program manager for the nationally recognized pre-med program for minorities and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds, SMDEP, and represents UVA at local and national recruitment events. She is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, and also participates in UVA’s Executive Administrative Network. Joyce received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Averett University.