Dr. Mark Greenawald has been named founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTC).

Greenawald, who holds the rank of associate professor, will also serve as associate chair for undergraduate medical education within Carilion Clinic’s Department of Primary Care and Regional Medicine.

“Mark is a physician thought leader of the caliber we expect to graduate from VTC,” said Cynda Ann Johnson, president and dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “His mentorship through the American Academy of Family Physicians Chief Resident Leadership Development Program to residency directors is at the front-line in teaching the next generation of physicians and is critical to keeping the practice of family medicine vital.”

A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Greenawald served five years as a naval medical officer before he joined Carilion in 1995. He serves as the education director for the Carilion Clinic Family Medicine Residency and is president of the Blue Ridge Academy of Family Physicians. This year he was named the family medicine residency inpatient attending of the year.

Regionally, Greenawald is on the board of directors for the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and has been a pioneer in the development of a group self-assessment process, which has helped hundreds of family physicians with the new maintenance of certification process. He is a regular speaker at state academy meetings, particularly in the area of men’s health care. Greenawald has been very active in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiative for primary care and serves on the executive committee for the tri-state PCMH residency collaborative. He has also held creative and leadership roles in the TO GOAL and IMPACT quality improvement programs sponsored by the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation for primary care practices.

Nationally, Greenawald is on the faculty for the American Academy of Family Physicians Chief Resident Leadership Development Program where he has been involved in the leadership development of over 2,000 emerging leaders in family medicine and is the author of two monthly e-newsletters, Leaders Digest and Coaches Corner. He has also been part of a group of faculty who have developed and implemented leadership development workshops for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Greenawald is also a regular presenter at the AAFP national meeting on the topic of rejuvenation in medical practice.

"Any sustainable healthcare reform will include strong primary care as a foundation, and family medicine will be an important building block of this foundation. We anticipate that the thought leaders who graduate from VTC will help lead the way to an even better American healthcare system,” said Greenawald.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute is a public-private partnership that leverages Virginia Tech’s world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics and engineering with Carilion Clinic’s highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education. Virginia Tech Carilion will improve human health and quality of life by providing leadership in medical education and biomedical and clinical research.