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Globe-trotter: Esther Johnston travels the world to provide health care to underserved populations

By Anthony Langley (B.S.’16/MC) Esther Johnston, M.D. (M.D.’11/M), has spent more than a decade traveling across continents providing health care for underserved populations. She dreamt at an early age of becoming an investigative reporter, but as she entered high school, her passion shifted to medicine. She says she knew a career in health care would […]

For the greater good: Alumnus Tim Ford is bringing changes to palliative care

By Anthony Langley “I didn’t even know that [chaplaincy] was an option for me,” says Tim Ford (M.S.’02/AHP), staff chaplain for the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. “One day in [graduate school], a professor said, ‘Some of your classmates are thinking about becoming chaplains,’ and I said, ‘We […]

From playing doctor, to being one

Oluyinka Olutoye, M.D., Ph.D. (Ph.D.’96/M; H.S.’98/M) developed an early interest in medicine that continues to evolve.

Making a surgeon

By Anthony Langley Mireille Truong, M.D. (B.A.’03/H&S; Cert.’04/B; M.D.’08/M), had no idea what Richmond, Virginia, would be like. “I’m originally from Canada, so when I got here, everything was brand new to me,” she says. After her parents found jobs in the city, Truong, a college freshman at the time, moved to Richmond and, with […]

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