Meet Program Director Brian Uthlaut
Welcome to UVA! I hope that you enjoy reading about our outstanding training program in Internal Medicine, known for strong clinical experience, ready exposure to mentorship, a resident-centered culture and outstanding camaraderie among the housestaff…all set in the picturesque and vibrant setting of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With strong traditions and a commitment to innovate and grow, I cannot imagine a better place to live, work and learn!
After attending the University of North Carolina for college and medical school, I trained in UVA’s Primary Care Internal Medicine track from 2003-2006. Appreciative of the culture of education at UVA and inspired by faculty mentors, I stayed on faculty after completing residency. My early career included several years as a hospitalist prior to transitioning to a blend of inpatient and outpatient general medicine practice. I feel fortunate to serve a challenging and stimulating mix of patients who come from throughout the state of Virginia; to work with talented and hard-working residents who come from around the country to train in internal medicine; to innovate with and teach alongside phenomenal colleagues; and to mentor and instruct our brilliant and caring medical students. UVA is an amazing place..come see for yourself!
Meet Associate Program Director Allison Lyons
I moved to UVA four years ago after completing medical school, residency and a chief year at Northwestern University. I had a strong interest in medical education before coming here and have been impressed with how supportive the faculty are in terms of helping me advance my career interests. In addition, as an internist, I work with faculty from across all disciplines and have found it very easy to reach out to physicians in other departments to receive advice in patient care.
I also love working with the residents at UVA. They are smart, hardworking and care a lot about their patients. For this reason, I have become increasingly involved with residency education over the past four years. I have worked with the residents to improve discharge summaries as well as signouts. I am also one of the attending advisors for the clinical educator track and finally I am the associate medical director at UMA (the resident continuity clinic) with the goal of continuing to improve the residency experience at UMA.
Meet Associate Program Director Neeral Shah
I 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 the past few years, I have become very involved in the internal medicine residency program as an associate program director and a member of the CORE faculty. Additionally, I am the GI fellowship program director. In all these roles, I find myself attending meetings with residents and fellows every week. Everything we do in our meetings focuses on making UVA a better place for trainees to learn medicine, pursue their goals and become well-rounded physicians. 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 Associate Program Director Andy Wolf
Having been up and down the East Coast during my early years, I’ve found my home at UVA. I grew up in northern Virginia, attended Harvard College, and returned to Virginia for medical school, graduating from UVA in 1984. I then went to Brown University for a residency in internal medicine; there I met my wife, Anne, who was completing her dietetic internship. After completing our training, Anne and I moved to Boston where I worked at Carney Hospital, an inner-city community hospital which at the time was a Boston University affiliate. I developed the primary care curriculum for its internal medicine residency program, and honed my generalist skills at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
After the birth of our first child, Tyler, and with our passion for outdoor activities, we were looking to leave the big city; it felt natural to return to my roots in Virginia. I’ve been back at UVA now for over 20 years (Anne and I officially became “empty-nesters” last year!). When not in clinic or on the wards with the residents, I’m working on our comprehensive ambulatory medicine curriculum or on the Primary Care Track, which I direct. UVA is a unique program, in that it combines great medicine, a geographic location that offers essentially no competition from other academic medical centers, a vibrant university town, and unparalleled outdoor activity. My passion outside of family and work has been soccer – I’ve been playing since grade school, though I’m now relegated to the OFL (Older Footballers – or “Old Farts” League!). All of these factors made it an easy choice to return to Charlottesville — but what drew me most of all was the opportunity to teach general internal medicine to a wonderful cadre of internal medicine residents, who have managed to keep me looking forward to work every day for over two decades.
I hope to have the opportunity to meet you, and to imbue you with the enthusiasm I have for UVA!