CORE Faculty Advisors

Department faculty have a major interest in housestaff development and education. The Committee on Residency Education (CORE) supervisory board includes the program directors, six to eight key clinical faculty, the internal medicine chief residents, and an additional resident representative. CORE faculty members are assigned incoming housestaff and serve as their mentors and advisors. This relationship is solely advisory in nature, allowing residents to openly discuss all aspects of training and career planning with their assigned advisor. This 1:1 relationship continues through all years of training and fosters a smooth transition from medical school to residency, and then on to a fellowship or career practice. CORE faculty members also facilitate assignment of faculty subspecialty and research mentors to assist housestaff in meeting their career and educational goals, serve as an advisory group to the residency program director, as an evaluation group for housestaff, and as a liaison body for housestaff issues. Get to know our CORE faculty below.

Meet Katherine Coffey-Vega

Katherine Coffey-Vega, MDHaving grown up in rural Southwestern Virginia, I have always viewed the UVA health system as the place of hope where the medically underserved rural population could receive medical evaluation and care that would not otherwise be available. The path that led me to UVA was somewhat non-traditional and circuitous and has included a prior career in Mechanical Engineering and Quality Improvement in sunny South Florida, medical school in frigid Minneapolis, and ultimately a very happy move back to my home state to complete IM residency at UVA. It was an incredibly meaningful experience for me to care for many rural Virginians during my residency years at UVA and, in fact, it was not uncommon for me to cross paths with friends and acquaintances from “back home”.

After a six-year stint in Richmond, where I completed a geriatrics fellowship and rewarding work with geriatric-aged veterans at the VA Hospital, I was once again drawn back to Charlottesville to focus on improving the delivery of care to the geriatric population. I found that, more than ever, the UVA health system remains that “beacon of hope” for many underserved patients who pass through our doors every day. What a privilege to join such a mission! I know you will find many rewards in learning and delivering patient care at UVA as I have through the years. I look forward to seeing each of you thrive and grow here.

Meet Kim Dowdell

Photo of Kimberly Dowdell, MDThey say that Charlottesville and UVA have sticky sidewalks – meaning once you walk on them you always feel pulled back here. That was certainly the case for me. I first fell in love with UVA and Charlottesville as an undergrad student and loved it so much I stayed for medical school. I headed north to Boston for residency, chief year and the start of my career, but always felt I wanted to come back and practice at UVA. In 2014, I convinced my husband to leave Boston, and joined the general medicine faculty at University Physicians Charlottesville. I joined the CORE faculty shortly afterwards.

I enjoy caring for my patients and teaching medical students and residents, and strive to improve the quality of the patient experience. It’s been great to work alongside the former residents and attendings that I looked up to as a medical student, and I feel fortunate to now call them my colleagues.

Meet Rick Hall

Photo of Richard Hall, MDI’ve heard it called ‘Rotunda Fever,’ an infectious disease that draws one near to the University. I caught it when interviewing for residency in 2007. Despite travel travails and almost showing up to my interview in freshly bought khakis with tags hanging off, I was struck by the esprit de corps among the residents and faculty. I matched to UVA and arrived in the summer of 2007 to begin my intern year. While residency was at times tiring, it was easy to recharge in Charlottesville. The University brings big city attractions and amenities to the area without the irritations of big city life, and it’s an absolutely beautiful place to live. Enjoying local farms and wineries, Shenandoah National Park, UVA sports, big name concerts, great dining – it’s all here. My wife and I found it easy to build connections in the community for our boys and, simply put, we have thrived here as a family.

Given that “Rotunda Fever” is a hard illness to cure, we were thrilled to return to UVA and Charlottesville in the summer of 2014 after three years in Tampa, Florida, where I completed a fellowship in oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. I am proud to be a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and Division of Hematology-Oncology, and look forward to contributing to the tradition of patient care, teaching, and research excellence that make our program great.

Meet Paul Helgerson

Paul Helgerson, MDI am an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Section Head of Hospital Medicine. A Virginian by birth, I did residency training at Stanford and stayed there for Chief Residency and almost a decade on teaching faculty. I returned to my native state with my wife and now-teenage children in 2014. Simply put, I don’t think there is a better academic medical center in a town as inviting as Charlottesville anywhere else in the country. The community here is enormously welcoming. I live 8 miles from a National Park and have never run out of new ways to spend time outdoors.

UVA has been a wonderful place to practice medicine, learn together with students and residents, and develop ways to more safely and effectively care for patients. I practice in a Department in which I feel supported by my peers and our leadership. There is a true enthusiasm for clinical medicine and commitment to education that is uncommon. I look forward to meeting you.

Meet Jennifer Kirby

Photo of Jennifer Kirby, MDI came to UVA in 1994 to begin my medical school training as part of the MD-PhD program. At that time, I had no idea that I would remain here for the next 20 years. After completing medical school, I stayed at UVA for the strong academic residency program and the world-class endocrinology fellowship. As a faculty member, I am involved in the residency program for the same reason that I decided to train here: every day, I get to work with intelligent, talented and motivated people who inspire me to be a better academic clinician.

Meet Glenn Moulder

Photo of Glenn Moulder, MDI first experienced Charlottesville as an undergraduate at UVA. In those four years, I gained an appreciation for the University and Thomas Jefferson’s academic vision. Whether it is the grandeur of the Rotunda and surrounding Lawn, or the tradition of student self-governance instilled via the student body, UVA truly is a special place. Thus, it was an easy decision for me to return to UVA for my internal medicine residency. What I had not appreciated during my first stay at UVA was how truly special Charlottesville is in its own right. I often tell people that I learned more about Charlottesville in four weeks as an internal medicine resident than I had in four years as an undergraduate. With a vibrant music scene, eclectic local cuisine, and numerous outdoor experiences, Charlottesville provides many outlets for enjoying life outside of work. The joys of Charlottesville, coupled with UVA’s academic traditions (highlighted by resident autonomy and self governance), made my UVA internal medicine residency very rewarding. I enthusiastically joined our UVA hospitalist group, and hope to continue to foster these traditions in the internal medicine residency program.

Meet Mo Nadkarni

Mohan Nadkarni, MDI am a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General, Geriatric, Palliative and Hospital Medicine. I came from Penn Med to do residency training in the UVA primary care track, and haven’t looked back since. I worked as clinical faculty at a community health center and then joined the full-time faculty to run University Medical Associates (UMA), the resident-faculty clinic. I love taking care of patients who are currently underserved, and especially like teaching residents in clinic and on the wards. Charlottesville has now been my home for 24 years and I can’t imagine a better place to train and live.

Meet Neeral Shah

Neeral Shah, MDI came to the University of Virginia to pursue a transplant hepatology fellowship and a career in academic medicine. During my interview, I was impressed with the collegiality at UVA and with its strong clinical research program. The collegial academic environment combined with a teamwork-oriented clinical environment has made UVA a great place to work and train. As I tell my colleagues around the country, this is the first place I’ve found where an “open door policy” means people not only welcome you into their office to discuss cases, but stop you as you walk by to make sure things are going well. It’s that extra touch that makes UVA special.

Over my time at UVA, I have been very involved in the internal medicine residency program as an associate program director and a member of the CORE faculty. Now, I am the GI fellowship program director and have the opportunity to assist in subspecialty career mentorship and advising. In my work as a transplant hepatologist and gastroenterologist, I’m able to expose residents to a thriving transplant program that cares for critically ill patients.

I hope you will come visit us, in a town that truly is one of the best places that I and my wife and our three girls could imagine living.

Meet Anne Tuskey

Photo of Anne Tuskey, MDI graduated from the University of Virginia over a decade ago. I loved Charlottesville and always hoped to return. After living in Baltimore for residency and fellowship I finally moved back, and have been on the faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology since 2011. While the city’s offerings proved to be even better than I remembered, it is the collaborative and stimulating environment fostered at UVA that will keep me here.

I am honored to be a member of the CORE faculty. It is rewarding to have a role in the education of our exceedingly talented housestaff. We work for the residents, and collectively we strive to create the ideal learning environment to nurture residents’ growth and ensure excellent patient care.