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Regional Dean

Craig Cheifetz, MD, FACPCraig Cheifetz, MD
Regional Dean, VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus
Director, Inova Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
703-776-3720
craig.cheifetz@inova.org

Craig Cheifetz, MD, is currently the Regional Dean for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus and the Director of the Inova Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. He graduated medical school from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his residency and chief residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. His primary interest is as a clinical educator having completed both the Stanford Faculty Development Facilitator’s Program in Clinical Teaching and the Harvard-Macy Program for Leaders in Medical Education. Dr. Cheifetz has trained over 150 academic and community physician educators in how to become better clinical educators. He has lectured at the national, regional, and local levels in the area of clinical education.

Dr. Cheifetz has been instrumental in both the development and continued success of the Virginia Commonwealth University Inova Campus, as well as the affiliate medical student education programs with the Georgetown and George Washington University Schools of Medicine. He has been the recipient of two Golden Apple Teaching Awards and in 2005 was named as the Young Internist of the Year for the state of Virginia by the American College of Physicians. Dr. Cheifetz is the 2011 recipient of the Enrique Gerszten Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and the 2012 recipient of the Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians from the American College of Physicians. He is also the 2011-2013 Chair of the AAMC Group on Regional Medical Campuses.


Assistant Dean for Curriculum

Alicia Freedy, MDAlicia Freedy, MD, FAAP
Assistant Dean for Curriculum
VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
703-776-3720

Dr. Alicia Freedy graduated magna cum laude from State University of New York in Binghamton, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular psychobiology. She received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Freedy completed her pediatric residency training at Inova Children's Hospital.

Dr. Freedy has received numerous awards, including Educator of the Month at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus in 2009 and the Richard Schwartz, MD, Teaching Award for Excellence at Inova Children's Hospital in 2006–2007.


Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Samantha D. Buery-Joyner, MDSamantha D. Buery-Joyner, MD, FACOG
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
703-776-3720

Dr. Samantha Buery-Joyner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in biology and a minor in mathematics, received an MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center Sloane Hospital for Women.

She has received numerous awards, including twice being named the Top Teaching Attending in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus. She also received the Voluntary Faculty Teaching Award for outstanding teaching of residents and medical students from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University in 2011. Dr. Buery-Joyner was named the Mentor of the Month by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus in January 2009, as well as the 2006 Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching.


Clerkship Directors


Family Medicine

Clerkship Director: Marjorie Hermes, MD


Internal Medicine

Clerkship Director: Greg Trimble, MD
Associate Clerkship Director: Homan Wai, MD


Neurology

Clerkship Director: Sakib Qureshi, MD


OB/GYN

Clerkship Director: Emily Marko, MD
Associate Clerkship Director: Francine McLeod, MD


Pediatrics

Clerkship Director: Noel Mensah-Bonsu, MD
Associate Clerkship Director: Komal Bajaj, MD
4th Year Elective Director: Meredith Carter, MD


Psychiatry

Clerkship Director: Cynthia Gauss, MD


Surgery

Clerkship Director: Elizabeth Franco, MD
Associate Clerkship Director: Hani Seoudi, MD