Dr. Gowen to chair EVMS Pediatrics

Dr. Gowen to chair EVMS Pediatrics
Dr. Gowen has a long history of service to EVMS and CHKD, where the school’s Department of Pediatrics is based. A neonatologist at CHKD since 1990, he joined the faculty of EVMS as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics the same year and became the Director of the joint CHKD-EVMS pediatric residency program, which has trained approximately 70 percent of the region’s pediatricians. In 1993, he became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and in 2006, he became the Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics.

In 2012, Dr. Gowen was named Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics after the previous Chair, Donald Lewis, MD, died suddenly.

“Dr. Gowen has served admirably in this role for more than a year,” Dr. Homan says. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to oversee one of the school’s largest and most active departments, one that is vitally important to the Hampton Roads community and the academic reputation of EVMS. He is a superb clinician, academic leader and administrator. I am very pleased that he has accepted the position.”

“Dr. Gowen’s rare combination of clinical, teaching and administrative experience makes him a wonderful choice for this role,” Dahling says. “He has a long-standing commitment to quality education, research and patient care, and I am confident he will successfully lead our educational mission.”

“I am truly humbled to be offered the Chair position,” Dr. Gowen says. “Don Lewis was such a great friend and colleague, and it is an honor for me to follow his footsteps. I look forward to accomplishing great things with my faculty and residents as well as with CHKD and EVMS.”

Dr. Gowen earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. He completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and his fellowship in neonatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A past recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award at EVMS, his national achievements include publications in peer-reviewed journals, authorship of book chapters and the development of clinical and academic guidelines. Dr. Gowen will assume his new duties as chairman immediately.

About EVMS
EVMS opened in 1973, the result of a grassroots effort to improve health in the region of southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads. EVMS focuses on the needs of its community, but the impact of its innovative research and high-quality patient care is felt worldwide. The collaborative culture at EVMS draws like-minded students and faculty from all over the country, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to health care and emphasizes translational research. In just 39 years, the school has grown from 24 students to an economic footprint exceeding $824 million annually. Our vision is to become the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation. Learn more at evms.edu.

About CHKD
As the state’s only freestanding, full-service children’s hospital, CHKD serves the medical and surgical needs of children and teenagers throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Founded in 1961, the not-for-profit hospital has always treated every child who needs its services, regardless of their ability to pay. Over the past 52 years, CHKD has grown to become the heart of a regional pediatric health care system that offers children a full spectrum of services --- from primary care to emergency care to care for chronic conditions --- in more than 25 locations throughout the community. For more info, visit chkd.org.

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