Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Eastern Virginia Medical School

Established 1973
Type Public / Private university
Endowment US $33 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)
Website www.evms.edu

Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia is a public medical school. Its campus includes Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region's primary tertiary medical care facility, and the 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 1960's the area of Virginia known as Hampton Roads recognized that the region did not have enough physicians to support its growing population. Area leaders came up with a plan to begin a new medical school in the region, with the thought that a medical school operating in conjunction with health care facilities already operating within the region would attract physicians to Hampton Roads. 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.


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 campus map is available here. The campus facilities include:

  • Lewis Hall – Named for Richmond philanthropists and early EVMS supporters Frances and Sydney Lewis, Eastern Virginia’s primary education and research facility.
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 includes the Office of the President and various clinical offices for members of EVMS Health Services. It is currently under renovation and will only house clinical offices/practices of EVMS when complete.
  • Fairfax Hall – Houses a variety of clinical, educational, and administrative offices, including Ghent Family Practice and the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center. This building is currently under renovation to house predominantly administrative offices. It will be renamed Andrews Hall, after the late founder, Mason Andrews, MD.
The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
  • The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine – Opened in 1992, this 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" through the process of In Vitro Fertilization.
  • South Campus Building – Home to the Center for Pediatric Research (a joint program with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters) and the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, also known as the Leonard R. Strelitz Diabetes Institutes.
  • 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.


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

  • Medical Doctor (M.D.)
  • Joint M.D./M.P.H.
  • Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.)
  • Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Graduate Art Therapy (M.S.)
  • Master of Physician Assistant (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Medical Master's (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Sciences Research Track (M.S.)
  • Clinical Embryology and Andrology (M.S.)
  • Ophthalmic Technology ( B.S. and/or Certificate)
  • Surgical Assistant (Certificate)

Graduate Medical Education

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

  • Combined Family Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Dermatology Residency Program
  • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
  • Family and Community Medicine Fellowship
  • Family and Community Medicine Residency Program
  • General Surgery Residency Program
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology Fellowship
  • Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
  • Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program
  • Pathology Residency Program
  • Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
  • Psychiatry Residency Program
  • Psychology Internship
  • Radiation Oncology Residency Program
  • Radiology Residency Program
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Urology Residency Program
  • Vascular Surgery Fellowship

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