Division of Hospital Medicine

Hospital Medicine

Welcome to the Division of Hospital Medicine, the largest Division within the Department of Internal Medicine and the engine that drives our institution’s clinical and education program. The faculty within the Division specializes in the comprehensive care of hospitalized patients from the moment the decision is made that a patient needs to be admitted through discharge and beyond. With more than 75 physician and advanced practice providers within the VCU Health System, we meet the needs of our patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at VCU Medical Center in downtown Richmond, at Tappahannock Hospital, and at Sheltering-Arms Institute. The Division also educates the largest amount of medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University and residents in the internal medicine residency program while also precepting advanced practice learners. We are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care, training the next generation of healthcare practitioners, and enhancing the care of our population.

Learn more about Hospitalist Teaching Opportunities

About the Interim-Chair

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About the Interim-Chair

Alan Dow, MD, MSHA is the Ruth and Seymour Perlin Tenured Professor of Medicine and Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care through which over 2000 learners and 100 faculty participate in interprofessional programs annually.  He is also President and CEO of UHS-PEP, his institution’s continuing education enterprise, which produces and credits thousands of hours of programs each year. Beginning in 2021, he serves as the interim division chief for hospital medicine, reprising a role he held as the founding director of the academic hospitalist service from 2004 to 2008. In all of these roles, he seeks to translate needs defined by practice and the community into high-quality educational and clinical programs that advance health services and improve health. Alan attended medical school at Washington University and completed residency in internal medicine and a health administration degree at VCU.


Learn more about Dr. Alan Dow

Advanced Practice Providers

  • Julia Amantea, ANCP
  • Stephanie Autry, AGACNP-BC
  • Amber Balzer, AGACNP-BC
  • Krystle Brunson, FNP
  • Nicole Carter, FNP - Lead
  • Pamela Derby, FNP
  • Jessica Eckard, AGACNP
  • Tim Ford, AGACNP
  • Heather Goldston, AGACNP
  • Alysson Gordon, ACNP
  • Sarah Hamaker, PA
  • Leandra Hemmings, AGACNP
  • Rachel Ingram, FNP
  • Kim Ketchersid, PA
  • Rinequa O'Bannon, ACNPC-AG
  • Tessa Rinnen, PA
  • Rebecca Snell, FNP
  • Laura Tormey, ACNP
  • Alison Wilkins, FNP
  • Cathy Wood, NP

The Division of Hospital Medicine provides these clinical services through the VCU Medical Campus.

The research conducted at the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University is diverse. The diversity of research interests of our hospitalists is reflected in research studies that are currently underway within the Division of Hospital Medicine.

Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980102
Richmond, VA 23298

Division Contacts


Alan W. Dow, MD, MSHA
Interim - Division Chair
Box 980102
Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

Jessica Keiser, MD
Division Associate Chair for Clinical Operations
Box 980102
Email: jessica.keiser@vcuhealth.org

Kimberly Pedram, MD
Division Associate Chair for Medical Education
Box 980102
Email: kimberly.pedram@vcuhealth.org


Amanda Marth
Division Administrator
Email: amanda.marth@vcuhealth.org
Phone:  (804) 628-3624 

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