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Coordinates: 36°51′38.00″N 76°18′9.08″W / 36.86056°N 76.3025222°W / 36.86056; -76.3025222

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Seal of EVMS
Motto Teaching, Discovering, Caring
Established 1973
Type Public / Private university
Endowment US $34.9 million
President Harry T. Lester
Students 779
Undergraduates 27
Postgraduates 298
Doctoral students 454
Location Norfolk, Virginia, US
Campus Urban, 500 acres (2.02 km2)

Eastern Virginia Medical School commonly referred to as EVMS, in Norfolk, Virginia is a public-private medical school founded by the collective "Seven Cities" of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Its campus includes the 555-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region's main tertiary medical care facility, and the 212-bed Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, a regional pediatric referral care facility. Reproductive medicine and research in pediatrics, geriatrics, diabetes, and cancer are among the areas where EVMS excels.



In the 1960s the area of Southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads (historically Tidewater - due to reports of numerous flooding in the area) recognized that the region did not have enough physicians to support its growing population. In an attempt to close the gap, area leaders decided to found a regional medical school, to both attract physicians from outside areas and to produce "home-grown" practitioners. It was thought that a University medical center operating in conjunction with previously operating regional health care facilities would effectively end the shortage and more importantly, bring a bevy of experts and specialists to the area. The idea gained the support of the Virginia General Assembly and the city councils of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. In 1964, the General Assembly authorized the formation of what was then known as the Norfolk Area Medical Center Authority.

In 1970 fundraising by the EVMS foundation began the collection of funds for the creation of EVMS. Before acceptance of its first class, more than $17 million had been donated from community and business leaders. In 1973, Eastern Virginia Medical School accepted its first class. The following year, the EVMS Office of Graduate Medical Education was established to coordinate residency and fellowship training programs. EVMS has since graduated its 30th class of physicians, with one in four of all local physicians having some connection to the University and, additionally has produced many other medical professionals to satisfy the ever-growing need for health care workers. In the spring of 2008, the Commonwealth of Virginia approved appropriating capital outlay funds to EVMS to allow it to increase its doctoral student enrollment by 30% and its physician assistant program by 60%. When this expansion is completed, the total student enrollment will rise to approximately 1,000.


Eastern Virginia Medical School is located in Norfolk, VA, near downtown and the historic neighborhood of Ghent. The school is part of the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, which also includes the afformentioned hospitals and affiliated satellite buildings, along with a "Medical Tower," that has many private practice medical offices. The Center is bounded by Colley Avenue, Brambleton Avenue, Hampton Boulevard, and Redgate Avenue A planned light-rail system that is currently under construction will connect the campus with downtown Norfolk and points East to Virginia Beach. The campus facilities include:

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital - The region's primary tertiary care referral center and only Level One trauma center. The 555 bed hospital serves as the major teaching hospital for EVMS students and residents.
  • Sentara Heart Hospital - ranked 38th in the nation for cardiac care, this 6-story, 112 bed new addition to Norfolk General accommodates the most specialized cardiac procedures and treatments
  • Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters - The regions only free-standing children's hospital, this non-profit, 212 bed facility includes the full slate of pediatric specialists.
  • Lewis Hall – Named for Richmond philanthropists and early EVMS supporters Frances and Sydney Lewis, Eastern Virginia’s primary education and research facility. Funding was allocated by the state to provide extensive renovation to this original campus building.
Brickell Medical Sciences Library
  • Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library - State-of-the-art facility with an advanced information infrastructure allowing access to a host of digital resources. The Library opened in March 2000, and houses the original Moorman Memorial Library collection, a computer lab, a computer classroom, historical collections, archives, and group and individual study seating.
  • Hofheimer Hall – Named in honor of Elise and Henry Clay Hofheimer II. This building has recently undergone massive renovation, consolidating all clinical departmental clinics of EVMS Health Services under one roof.
  • Andrews Hall (formerly Fairfax Hall) – Houses a variety of educational and administrative offices. This includes the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center, one of the first and most well-known "Standardized Patient" laboratories. Now completely renovated, it was renamed after the late founders and brothers, Bill and Mason Andrews.
The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
  • The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine – Named after the late faculty member of EVMS who pioneered In Vitro Fertilization, this facility opened in 1992. The new building brought together in one location the 150 physicians, scientists, and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's renowned division of reproductive medicine. This Center is best known for production of America's first "Test-tube Baby" and also is the location of CONRAD (Contraceptive Research and Development) laboratories.
  • Center for Pediatric Research - A facility on the South Campus which was opened in conjunction with The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Ongoing research includes topics such as vaccinations, asthma and antibiotics. Several CHKD outpatient offices are also located within this building.
  • Smith-Rogers Hall – Originally part of Leigh Memorial Hospital, this building served in the early 1970s as the temporary home for EVMS while Lewis Hall was being constructed. Today it houses EVMS administrative offices, including the Human Resources Department and the Office of Institutional Advancement.
  • E.V. Williams Hall - Located on the South Campus and named after a local benefactor, this is home to the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and The Strelitz Diabetes Institute. This center provides education, in-patient and outpatient care, and research focused on minimizing complications of diabetes and finding a cure.
  • New Research Building - Additional Educational and Research space is actively being constructed on campus to accommodate the growing need for future medical personnel predicted by the AAMC. EVMS plans to expand enrollment, specifically in the MD and MPA programs. This building is also intended to augment the current research programs at the university. The $59 million building was provided by the State to fund this project. Ground was broken September 2009.

Local impact

In a 2007 study conducted by Old Dominion University, EVMS was found to be among the greatest economic influences on the region. [1]

The study found the following:

  • EVMS’ imprint on the regional economy has grown to $711 million annually
  • EVMS is a major employer in the region. With 1,386 full-time employees, EVMS is among the 25 largest non-federal employers in Hampton Roads.
  • EVMS generates high-quality jobs. EVMS full-time employees earn an average of $73,874, compared to the regional average of $45,000.
  • EVMS employees generate $2.65 million in real-estate taxes and $5.24 million in sales taxes, for a total of $7.89 million in annual local tax payments.
  • EVMS students and residents (physicians in training) spend $23.81 million locally, not including tuition costs.
  • EVMS Health Services provides $40.5 million in uncollected medical and surgical care. The cost of this uncompensated care would be passed on to area hospitals or other agencies if EVMS did not exist.
  • It would cost local families $66.6 million annually to travel outside the region for medical care currently provided by EVMS Health Services.
  • EVMS generates approximately $40 million in external research funding each year, a substantial source of outside revenue.
  • One in four physicians in the region has a tie to EVMS.


Eastern Virginia Medical School offers a wide variety of medical programs including:

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Joint M.D./M.P.H.
  • Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.; joint program with Old Dominion University)
  • Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Graduate Art Therapy (M.S.)
  • Master of Physician Assistant (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH Subspecialties: Epidemiology, Health Management, Environmental Health, Health Promotion; Joint program with Old Dominion University)
  • Biomedical Sciences Medical Track (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Sciences Research Track (M.S.)
  • Clinical Embryology and Andrology (M.S.)
  • Ophthalmic Technology (B.S. and/or Certificate; Joint program with Old Dominion University)
  • Surgical Assistant (Graduate Certificate and Certificate)

Graduate medical education

Fully accredited residencies, internships, and fellowships at EVMS include:

Major research centers

  • CONRAD (Contraceptive Research and Development)

As part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Jones Institute, CONRAD is one of the campuses leading research organizations. The group recently was awarded a $100 million grant for work on Microbicides, which are products in development that will eventually come in a variety of forms (such as topical gels, creams, tablets, films and pills) to prevent sexual transmission of HIV and potentially other sexually transmitted infections.

  • The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine

As described above, the Jones Institute was the first American body to perform In Vitro Fertilization. It continues today to further reproductive and endocrine research.

As a leader in research for Diabetes, the Strelitz Diabetes Institute has made several important findings. Dr Aaron Vinik, one of the leading researchers in the field, discovered the importance of INGAP gene, which plays a role on pancreatic insulin cell regeneration.

  • The Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine


As EVMS has a unique public/private structure unlike most schools in Virginia, the structure of the Board of Visitors is also unique. While most public schools in Virginia have the majority of their Board of Visitors appointed by the Governor of Virginia, EVMS's Board has 11 of its members appointed by city councils of the area's seven cities, while the other six are appointed by the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of EVMS.

As part of the 2008 Virginia General Assembly session, a compromise was reached in order to include EVMS in Governor Tim Kaine's $1.43 Billion bond to finance renovation and construction at Virginia's universities, state colleges, and government facilities. In the compromise, EVMS would allow seven of its Board of Visitors to be appointed by the Governor, House, and Senate of Virginia in order to meet the definition of a public university which some state legislators did not believe EVMS currently fit.

Throughout its history, the idea of merging the school with nearby Old Dominion University or The College of William and Mary has been raised but not carried out. In 2007 however, EVMS and ODU reached a formal cooperation agreement.[2]

Notable faculty and graduates


  • Alfred Abuhamad, MD - Renowned authority on Obstetric Ultrasound, author, researcher and journal reviewer in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Mason Andrews, MD - Pioneer of In Vitro Fertilization, Founder of EVMS, Mayor of Norfolk/Credited with Downtown Norfolk's Rebirth.
  • L.D. Britt, MD, MPH - President Elect of the American College of Surgeons
  • Francis Counselman, MD - EVMS '83, Member of Board of Directors, American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Antoinette Hood, MD - Executive Director of the American Board of Dermatology
  • David Johnson, MD - Former president of American College of Gastroenterology, Editor of several related journals.
  • David Kushner, MD - Former Speaker of American College of Radiology; former Chairman of Board of Directors, Society for Pediatric Radiology; former Chairman Massachusetts Radiological Society; current ACR Board of Chancellors
  • Howard and Georgeanna Jones, MD - Pioneers of the first American "Test-tube Baby"
  • David O. Matson, MD, PhD - President of VAPHA, Awarded by Lancet for Best Medical Research Paper in 2006, Program Director of EVMS/ODU Program in Public Health, Professor of Infectious Disease at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
  • Aaron Vinik, MD - Noteable researcher in Diabetes


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