Amy T. Rose, M.D., FACS, was honored Nov. 3 as one of VCU’s brightest alumni stars. The biennial event, hosted by VCU Alumni, honored alumni from across the university’s academic units for their remarkable personal and professional achievements.
Rose, a native of rural Spotsylvania County, enrolled at VCU with significant logistical challenges. “My family did not have much money, my mother was ill and my father had retired to take care of her, leaving us searching for additional funds,” Rose says. She had earned a VCU Presidential Scholarship, which covers tuition and fees, but the award was for only one year.
“Along with Dr. [Arthur] Seidenberg [emeriti faculty, College of Humanities and Sciences], I was able to help make the case that attracting and keeping other presidential scholars in the future would be substantially helped by making that scholarship for four years,” she says. “Being able to effect a change in that manner helped me understand the importance of actively working to create positive change.”
Rose graduated from VCU in 1990 with a B.S. in Chemistry. She earned a medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a general surgery internship at State University of New York, Stony Brook, a four-year general surgery residency at Vanderbilt and a research fellowship in surgery at UCLA. She spent four years in private practice in Biloxi, Mississippi. Today, she is a laparoscopic general surgeon at Surgical Associates of Richmond, treating patients at the practice’s Johnston-Willis and Chippenham locations. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American Board of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association.
Rose says VCU helped prepare her for broader academic and cultural horizons. “During my training, I was able to live in New York, Los Angeles and Biloxi, exposing me to much more of the world and expanding on my VCU exposure to the diversity I didn’t see growing up in rural Virginia,” she says. “I greatly appreciate the broad education I received at VCU, including but even beyond my chosen field in science, with exposure to music, history, literature and even accounting. The Honors College encouraged me to think larger than the world I had been exposed to at that point, and my entire education allowed me to open my mind to appreciate that world and those in it.”
Being held in high esteem by peers and patients, Rose says, is her most significant career accomplishment. “It’s extremely important to me to take good care of my patients and to ensure they know that and feel comfortable with me taking care of them and their loved ones.”