Gilchrist Named Chair of Family Medicine

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MADISON – Dr. Valerie J. Gilchrist has been appointed chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), effective January 1, 2008.
Gilchrist brings extensive experience in academic medicine leadership to the job, having served as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at both Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
“Dr. Gilchrist’s track record as a department leader at two universities and her individual record of scholarly achievement and national recognition make her ideally suited for us,” says Dr. Robert N. Golden, SMPH dean. “Under her leadership, the best is yet to come for our Department of Family Medicine, which already is among the best in the country.”
Gilchrist has been a member of key decision-making committees associated with the National Board of Medical Examiners as well as the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.
She has served on the editorial boards of five publications, including Yearbook of Family Practice, Qualitative Health Research and Medscape, and has been a peer reviewer for American Family Physician.
Gilchrist has earned the Presidential Service Award, “Model Primary Care Medical School and Residency,” from the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and Ohio Magazine named her a “memorable educator” on its “2004 Excellence in Education” list.
Certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Gilchrist received her MD degree from the University of Toronto. Her family practice residency training was completed at the University of Toronto and the Youngstown Hospital Association. She is a graduate of the Family Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program.
“I am honored to join one of the leading departments of family medicine in the country,” Gilchrist says. “I am looking forward to working with members of the department and the School of Medicine and Public Health to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Wisconsin.”
Founded in 1970, the UW Department of Family Medicine (DFM) is one of the largest in the country. It consists of more than 700 faculty, residents and staff working out of rural and urban community-training sites across the Badger State. DFM faculty members provide care at more than a dozen UW Health-associated clinics in south-central Wisconsin.
Faculty are also deeply involved in research. The department is consistently ranked among the top five departments nationally in total National Institutes of Health grant awards.
In its annual list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” US News and World Report has ranked the department near the top for several consecutive years.

Date Published: 12/28/2007

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