The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has named Fidel Valea chair of its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a role he will also hold with Carilion Clinic.
Valea is a nationally recognized expert in gynecologic oncology, serving most recently as a tenured professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center.
At Duke, he held several positions, including professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, vice chair of education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, residency program director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship program director in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
He brings an extensive background in research and education. He has authored or coauthored 71 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous abstracts, online chapters, and educational tapes. He has served as a reviewer and editor for numerous journals and as a visiting professor at universities around the globe. He has received dozens of teaching awards.
Valea’s current research interests are in the areas of pre-invasive diseases of the cervix and lower female genital tract; the use of infrared technology to evaluate dysplasia of the uterine cervix; perioperative care of the gynecologic patient; minimally invasive surgery and robotics; cervical cancer prevention; and education of residents and fellows.
Valea received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine.
He completed an internship and residency in the Department of General Surgery at the University of North Carolina, followed by a residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina. He then served as a fellow and clinical instructor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of North Carolina.
He also held several academic roles at the State University of New York at Stony Brook prior to his positions at Duke.