UVA Radiology Has Record Attendance for Keats Society Homecoming 2024

May 10, 2024 by   |   Leave a Comment


Over 130 people took part in the UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging’s 2024 Keats Alumni Society Homecoming Weekend from May 3-4 —  the largest turnout in the Homecoming’s history.

Held every two years, the reunion event is an opportunity for trainees, faculty, alumni, and family members to reconnect and enjoy all that UVA Radiology and Charlottesville have to offer. The jam-packed weekend featured educational lectures, outdoor activities, and social events.

Below is a recap of the Homecoming’s events:

Thursday, May 2: Tree planting to honor Alan H. Matsumoto, MD

On “Homecoming Eve,” the department hosted a special tree-planting ceremony to honor former Department Chair Alan H. Matsumoto, MD. The commemorative tree, which grows on Grounds near the Old Medical School Building, symbolizes life, growth, protection, and strength: all of which are products of Dr. Matsumoto’s contributions to the department. (Read more about the event here.)

(From left to right) Department Chair Colin Derdeyn, MD; Vice Chair of Education Juliana Bueno, MD; former Chair Alan Matsumoto, MD stand in front of the commemorative tree.

Friday, May 3: Department tours, lectures, and cocktail reception

For the first full day of the Homecoming, UVA Radiology community members enjoyed two illuminating lectures: an Alumni Lecture with former IR resident Ally Baheti, MD titled “Alternate Career Paths,” and the Theodore E. Keats Endowed Lecture with Dr. Alan Matsumoto titled “VUCA: How Is It Impacting Healthcare & Radiology?” (Watch the lecture recordings here.)

Later that day, residents offered department tours to returning alumni, and then in the evening attendees gathered for a cocktail reception overlooking the Blue Ridge at the home of Patt Keats, wife of the late Theodore Keats, MD.

Friday’s cocktail reception offered a chance to socialize while appreciating the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Despite some drizzle, families (and furry friends) enjoyed the scenery at Mint Springs Park in Crozet.

Saturday, May 4: Golf, pup hike, family picnic, and banquet

Despite a bit of drizzle, Saturday was jam-packed with fun and activities. Attendees enjoyed a busy morning: From the Riddervold Open Golf Tournament at Old Trail, to a Family and Pup Hike at Mint Springs, to a Family Picnic at the home of Keats Society President A.J. Pesch, MD.

The day culminated with a cocktail hour and banquet at the Quirk Hotel, where festivities abounded with great food, live music, and even a special roast of Dr. Alan Matsumoto.

Department Chair Colin Derdeyn, MD also presented the Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, and Julie A. Matsumoto, MD, Endowment to Advance the Missions and Science of Radiology – a recently-created fund to further the department’s mission and impact. (You can donate to the fund here.)

Saturday’s reception and banquet were held at Charlottesville’s Quirk Hotel.

For more pictures from Friday and Saturday’s events, click the link here. Thank you to all the attendees for helping create such a memorable and joyous weekend!



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