Health and Medicine
ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE THE HUMAN CONDITION

The study of health and medicine has been central to the University of Virginia since its founding. Today, the University is a leader in the advancement of health sciences, basic and translational research, the training of medical and nursing professionals and the delivery of world-class health care. With all the resources of both a Tier 1 Research University and a major academic medical center, UVA is bringing together multiple disciplines to address complex challenges facing medicine, medical research and health policy. University faculty across many Schools and disciplines are active at the leading edge of neuroscience, bolstered by the recent establishment of a pan-university UVA Brain Institute.

The UVA Health System – anchored by a flagship medical center (ranked No. 1 in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report), the Emily Couric Cancer and UVA Children’s Hospital – best serves a three-part mission to provide patients in the Commonwealth and the nation with advanced and compassionate care, to train medical professionals and to expand scientific knowledge through bench and translational research. Through its telemedicine program and partnerships with other healthcare organizations, UVA Health System is extending better care to more people and fostering greater cross-disciplinary research, collaboration and innovation.
UVA is also a leader in re-thinking and improving the model through which medical care is delivered. With programs like its signature Be Safe initiative, UVA has engineered a relentless pursuit of safety and a focus on elimination of harm in all forms, setting a goal of becoming the Safest Place to Work and Receive Care. At the same time, UVA medical researchers are authoring significant research breakthroughs in recent years, including the discovery of new connections between the brain and the immune system and groundbreaking work on development of an artificial pancreas that could help eliminate type-1 diabetes.