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About the UVA Medical Center


The UVA Medical Center is part of the UVA Health System that provides state-of-the-art facilities for clinical care, education, and research. The UVA Children’s Hospital incorporates the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute and all the inpatient and outpatient services provided to children and their families.

Some Fast Facts

UVA Medical Center~ 30,000 admissions/year
UVA Children's Hospital2,500 admissions/year
UVA-Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center750 admissions/year
Pediatric ICU750 admissions/year
Neonatal ICU500 admissions/year
Newborn Nurseries1,358 admissions/year
Statistics for the Pediatric Nephrology Service
Admissions with Primary Renal Diagnosis150 patients/year
Average Daily Census6 patients
Renal Consults100 patients/year
Outpatient Visits1,200/year
Outpatient Clinic Sessions4 - ½ days/week
Patients on Chronic Dialysis15-Oct
Pediatric Renal Biopsies25/year
Pediatric Renal Transplants6-8/year

Pediatric renal transplants are performed by Dr. Bradley Rodgers and Dr. Kenneth Brayman from Pediatric Surgery, with the collaboration of  Dr. Sean Corbett and  Dr. Anthony Herndon in Pediatric Urology. We interact frequently with Urology in caring for a wide variety of pediatric urologic problems. Dr. Helen Cathro and Dr. David Bourne of the Department of Pathology are available for review of all renal biopsies with trainees. Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy are routinely performed on all pediatric renal biopsies.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Robert L. Chevalier came to UVA in 1978, following training in the laboratory of Dr. Carl Gottschalk at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he learned micropuncture techniques, and completion of a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Chevalier is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics. His principal research interests are in developmental pathophysiology, with particular interests in physiologic adaptation to reduced renal mass, and the pathophysiology of obstructive nephropathy in early postnatal life.

Dr. Victoria F. Norwood has been at UVA since 1992. She completed her clinical fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Tulane University, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Virginia. Her research interests are in developmental molecular biology and biochemistry with special interest in the actions of the angiotensin receptors and cyclooxygenases. Dr. Norwood also directs the pediatric component of the Nephrology Clinical Research Center, guiding the development and implementation of clinical trials.

Dr. R. Ariel Gómez came to UVA in 1984. He completed research training in the laboratory of Dr. Jean Robillard at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and clinical training with Dr. Malcolm Holliday at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gomez recently served as Vice-President for Research and Graduate Programs at the University of Virginia. His research interests are in the molecular biology of the renin-angiotensin system.

Dr. John P. Barcia joined the faculty in 2001. Dr. Barcia completed his Nephrology training at the University of Cincinnati, with interests in end-stage renal disease care, renal transplantation, bone disease, and patient-oriented research.

Dr. Jennifer R. Charlton joined the faculty in 2010 after completing her Nephrology fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Why the University of Virginia?

Rotunda4Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Virginia Health System embodies the leadership and inventiveness personified by its founder, Thomas Jefferson. Two centuries ago, Jefferson established the University of Virginia and the nation’s 10th medical school which has since grown into a nationally renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow’s health care leaders and discovering better ways to treat disease.
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The UVA Health System strives to continually expand in all of our missions: patient care, education and research. To support this, we are actively engaged in improving our physical facilities, recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, expanding our clinical programs, strengthening our recognized centers of excellence, and streamlining our processes for health care delivery.
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The Charlottesville-Albemarle region boasts an outstanding array of accomplishments and attractions. Each year thousands of tourists view the Grounds of the University of Virginia, the homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, and the wineries of Albemarle County. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley offer plentiful recreational opportunities, adding to the high quality of life provided by the historical character and natural beauty of the area. A vibrant University and student landscape supplies cultural and social outlets for any interest.
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