Craig Cheifetz, MD, FACP
Craig Cheifetz, MD, FACP, is medical director of the Inova VIP 360° Program. His clinical expertise is enriched by his passion for physical fitness and health education. For the past 15 years, he has made a positive difference in the lives of patients across the mid-Atlantic region.
Please note: Dr. Cheifetz is not currently accepting new patients, but please call 703-776-7005 to schedule an appointment with one of his partner physicians, Dr. John Pace or Dr. Laura Balda.
Dr. Cheifetz has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the American College of Physicians. Learn more
Dr. Cheifetz is a leading educator as the assistant dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine – Inova Campus and director of Undergraduate Medical Education for Inova Health System. He has received several “Golden Apple” teaching awards and knows how to educate and motivate his patients to become healthier and more energized. He leads by example and his patients will tell you that “he gets it.”
Like many of his patients, Dr. Cheifetz struggles with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a family history of cardiac disease and cancer. Yet he practices the healthy lifestyle that he preaches. He is an avid marathoner and triathlete. He also is the father of three boys, coach of three baseball teams and devoted husband. He understands the stresses of daily life, he understands individual needs, and he understands how to motivate. He cares for the whole person and tailors wellness programs to each individual.
Dr. Cheifetz received recognition by the American College of Physicians for the Top Young Internist of the Year in 2005 in Virginia. He has been an integral part of Inova and the Inova Fairfax Hospital medical staff for more than ten years. In 2009 he was nominated for the Walter J. MacDonald Award by the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians as the top young internist in the United States.
In fall 2010, Dr. Cheifetz was selected as the chair-elect for AAMC’s Group on Regional Medical Campuses, which represents the interests of regionally located medical schools in the United States and Canada. The selection of Dr. Cheifetz to lead this group was based on his outstanding accomplishments with the development of the VCU School of Medicine – Inova Campus, while maintaining the highest level of quality education at Inova.
Dr. Cheifetz received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he received the Philip P. Sang award for outstanding communicator with patients, faculty and staff. He completed his internal medicine training at Georgetown School of Medicine, earning the ACP Donald Steinweg award for outstanding resident clinician and educator.
Dr. Cheifetz is one of a select few medical educators certified by Stanford School of Medicine to teacher other doctors how to teach. He also received the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Human Rights Award for his work with political refugees.
Dr. Cheifetz is currently a board member of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia and the 2011-2012 Chairperson for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Regional Medical Campuses. His philosophy and dedication to his patients are seen by all those who meet, interact and are cared for by him.