The Virginia Academy adds key leaders in the Commonwealth to its membership roll

Richmond, VA – January 5, 2021 – The Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine held its 2020 New Member Virtual Recognition and Reception on December 10, 2020, where they announced ten new members. The announcement represents some of key leadership in the science, engineering, and medicine community across the Commonwealth. Delegate Cliff Hayes, Chairman of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for the Virginia General Assembly and new members Dr. Norm Oliver, State Health Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Health, and Dr. William A. Petri, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology at the University of Virginia, provided remarks for the recipients and guests.


VASEM 2020 New Members

Andrew Bazemore, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Vice President, Research & Policy, American Board of Family Medicine Co-Director, Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH serves as SVP for Research & Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), where he is responsible for managing ABFM research functions & staff, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide strategy for research, co-directing the new Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care in Washington DC, and guiding the ABFM leadership/scholarship portfolio of Visiting Scholars, Fellows, Pisacano Scholars & Puffer Fellowship programs. A member of the National Academy of Medicine since 2016, he has authored over 220 peer-reviewed publications on an array of topics including measures that matter for primary care, workforce & training, and access to primary health care for vulnerable populations. He led the creation of novel primary care policy data tools such as HealthLandscape, Medical School Mapper, and UDSMapper as well as thought and evidence conversations such as the Starfield Summit series, the Embassy Series and a Capitol Hill Primary Care Forum Series. He is also a practicing Family Physician & educator with VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine residency program, was previously was Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies, and continues to serve of faculty at Georgetown University & the University of Toronto.


The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Major General, USMC (Retired), 12th NASA Administrator

Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. was the Administrator of the     National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from July 2009 until January 2017. Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled into orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. Today, Bolden serves as the Founder and CEO Emeritus of The Charles F. Bolden Group. Bolden is a graduate of C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, SC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. Bolden is married to the former Alexis Walker of Columbia, SC. They have two children, A. Ché Bolden, Colonel, USMC (retired), Dr. Kelly M. Bolden, MD, and three granddaughters, Mikaley, Kyra and Talia. Dr. Bolden is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Dr. James N. Galloway, Ph.D.
Sidman P. Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

James Galloway is a biogeochemist known for his work on the magnitude and consequences of the human alteration of biogeochemical cycles. His research includes investigations on the natural and anthropogenic controls on chemical cycles at the watershed, regional and global scales. Following his PhD in Chemistry in 1972, he spent two years as a professional potter, followed by two years as a postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. He joined the faculty of the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Virginia in 1976, where he is now the Sidman P. Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. He is a recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.


Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Vice President, VCU Health Sciences; Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH is senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System in Richmond, Virginia. Before joining VCU in 2020, Dr. Kellermann served as dean of “America’s Medical School” – the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland, which serves as the leadership academy for military health and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Kellermann previously held the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. Prior to that, he was professor of emergency medicine and public health at Emory University, where at various points he served as founding director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, founding chair of Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine and later, Associate Dean for Health Policy at the Emory School of Medicine. He holds a BS degree from Rhodes College, an MD degree from Emory University and an MPH degree from the University of Washington.

Dr. Kellermann holds career achievement awards from two fields – injury control and emergency medicine. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine [NAM]) in 1999, he has served on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committees addressing the prevention and control of violent behavior, the consequences of uninsurance, health promotion, biodefense, and the future of emergency care. From 2013 to 2016, he served on the NAM’s Governing Council.

Dr. Kellermann is board-certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physicians.


Dr. K. Craig Kent
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Virginia

Dr. Kent became Executive Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Virginia on February 1, 2020. A researcher, educator, and physician, he is an internationally recognized leader in academic medicine. As an NIH-funded investigator for more than 30 years, Dr. Kent’s lab investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying vascular disease to identify new therapeutic targets. Before joining UVA Health, Dr. Kent held several leadership positions, including Chief of the combined Division of Vascular Surgery at Columbia and Cornell, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, and most recently Dean of the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. His background includes substantial experience in growing clinical, research, educational programs, and health system management. He is the 2019/2020 chair of the American Board of Surgery and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.


Dr. Chen-Ching Liu
American Electric Power Professor and Director, Power and Energy Center, Virginia Tech

Chen-Ching Liu is American Electric Power Professor and Director, Power and Energy Center, at Virginia Tech. During 1983-2017, he was on the faculty of University of Washington, Iowa State University, University College Dublin (Ireland), and Washington State University. Professor Liu received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2004.

In 2013, Dr. Liu received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He chaired the IEEE Power and Energy Society Fellow Committee, Technical Committee on Power System Analysis, Computing and Economics, and Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award Committee. Chen-Ching is the U.S. Representative on the CIGRE Study Committee D2, Information Systems and Telecommunication. Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE, Member of Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.


Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A.
State Health Commissioner

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oliver served as the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health for the Virginia Department of Health. Before accepting the Deputy Commissioner position, Dr. Oliver was the Walter M. Seward Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As Chair, Dr. Oliver helped lead the transformation of the Department’s clinic sites into patient-centered practices focused on population health.

In his role as the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Dr. Oliver worked with others in the health department, other state agencies, and healthcare systems across the state to improve the health and well-being of all citizens of the Commonwealth. He remains committed to a cross-agency and multi-sector approach to implementing population health initiatives. Improving population health requires addressing the health-related social needs of all Virginians, including the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable communities. Dr. Oliver has a long record of accomplishment, studying health inequities, particularly as it affects racial and ethnic minorities, has been the focus of his research. Most recently, his research interests lie in the area of improving our understanding of the role of racial discrimination, bias, and prejudice in establishing and maintaining these health inequities and the understanding of the interplay between race and socioeconomic position in these disparities. Improving our understanding of racial and ethnic health disparities and developing effective interventions to reduce or eliminate them are major goals of the health department.

Dr. Oliver attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where he also obtained his Masters degree in medical anthropology. He trained in family medicine at Case, and he then practiced broad-spectrum family medicine in rural Alaska for 2 years before joining the UVA Department of Family Medicine in 1998.


William A. Petri, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology and Associate Director of Microbiology, University of Virginia

Bill Petri is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia where he received the MD and PhD degrees and has been a member of the faculty since 1988. He is active clinically as an internist and subspecialist and conducts research on infectious diseases. This includes study of the virus SARS-CoV-2 that is the cause of the pandemic, Clostridium difficile which is the bacterium that is the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection in the US, and the parasites Entamoeba histolytica and Cryptosporidium hominis which cause diarrhea in infants in low and middle income countries. He is Associate Editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases, Trends in Molecular Medicine and PLoS Pathogens, Chair of the WHO Polio Research Committee, and the 2021 recipient of the Finland Prize of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for “outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases and public health.”


David S. Wilkes, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine, James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science, University of Virginia

As a leader in medical education, David S. Wilkes, M.D., a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has served as researcher, teacher, administrator, mentor and executive. He joined the University of Virginia School of Medicine as dean in 2015 and also holds appointments as professor of medical science and professor of internal medicine.

Before arriving at University of Virginia, Dr. Wilkes was executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine and assistant vice president for research at Indiana University.

Dr. Wilkes has co-authored more than 100 research papers and holds six U.S. patents. He is founder and chief scientific officer of ImmuneWorks, Inc., a biotech company which develops novel treatments for immune-mediated lung disease.

He is national director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has served on several advisory boards and committees of the National Institute of Health. Dr. Wilkes is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.


Prof. Timothy D. Wilson, Ph.D.
Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Timothy D. Wilson is a social psychologist known for his experimental work on the limits and sources of self- knowledge. He was born in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia. He had a peripatetic undergraduate career, spending two years at Williams College and one each at Mt. Holyoke College and Hampshire College. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Michigan, under the guidance of Richard Nisbett. From 1977-1979 he was an Assistant Professor at Duke University, after which he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia, where he has been ever since, and is now the Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology. The University of Virginia awarded him its highest academic honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Scholarship, as well as an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020. His book Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious chronicles much of this research on self-knowledge. More recently he has focused less on the limits of introspection and more on its functions, namely whether people can derive pleasure from “just thinking.” Throughout his career he has also been interested in applications of social psychology to address social problems, as described in his book Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By.