Gregory Townsend, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion


Gregory Townsend, MD

image gregGreg Townsend was appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion 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. He 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.

Dr. Townsend, a native of upstate New York, earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary, and received his MD from the University of Virginia. After completing a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at West Virginia University, he returned to UVA for a fellowship in infectious diseases, and has been at the University since then. At the time he joined the faculty, he was one of a handful of African-American faculty members in the School of Medicine. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine.

Dr. Townsend’s primary clinical focus is the care and treatment of individuals with HIV. He is associate director of the UVA Infectious Diseases Clinic, and principal investigator on several federally funded grants aimed at providing better care for patients living with HIV-AIDS. He has won numerous awards as a clinician and educator, and was an inaugural member of UVA School of Medicine’s Academy of Distinguished Educators.

Dr. Townsend’s interest in diversity has been shaped by his personal experience as an underrepresented minority in academic medicine, and by his clinical interest in the treatment of HIV — a disease that has a disproportionate impact on racial minorities, the poor, and otherwise disenfranchised members of society. He has been a member of the School of Medicine’s Diversity Consortium since its inception.

Dr. Townsend is married to his lab partner from his college freshman biology class. They have two sons; one is a physician, and one is a computer programmer. All are avid soccer fans.