Are you a physician new to Richmond or new-to-newish in practice? (Loosely defined as first 10 years in practice.)

Then you will want to get plugged in to RYPE ‘N RVA!

Known as “RYPE ‘N RVA” for short, our leadership team of early-career and new-to-Richmond physicians was created with the purpose of providing resources (personal and professional) specific to early-career and new-to-RVA RAM members. The group seeks to provide a forum for discussion for these members to engage with and remain connected with one another.

This year, our leadership team is focused on the following:

  • Sharing with members a legislative wrap-up of the hot topics covered at last November’s Advocacy & Ales event following the 2019 General Assembly Session.
  • Hosting a “Richmondy” (and family friendly) weekend social activity
  • Exploring a community service activity inclusive of the whole family
  • Exploring casual “Meet Ups” that also offer information on topics related to the business of medicine
  • Repeating its signature “Advocacy & Ales” event this Fall

Would you like to take a more active role in planning activities for this group? Contact Kate Gabriel at kgabriel@ramdocs.org or (804) 622-8133 to learn more.

2019 RYPE 'N RVA Leaders:

Tovia Smith, MD | Co-chair
Virginia Women's Center
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
12129 Graham Meadows Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 288-4084

Steven Smith, MD, PhD | Co-chair
VCU Health, Department of Pathology
1101 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 828-4918

Jennie Draper, MD
Virginia Physicians for Women
7605 Forest Avenue, Suite 205
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 897-2100

Joseph Ellen III, MD
Virginia Urology
9101 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 330-9105

Ryan Gabriel, MD
Radiology Associates of Richmond
2602 Buford Road
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 272-8806

David Galpern, MD
Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center
2819 North Parham Road, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 506-3050

Joshua Herzog, MD
1401 Johnston-Willis Drive, Suite A
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 379-8088

J. Mark Hylton Jr., MD
VCU Health, Dept. of Anesthesiology
West Hospital, 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 828-9160

Nicole Kelleher, MD
Radiology Associates of Richmond
2602 Buford Road
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 272-8806

Courtney Legum-Wenk, DO
Virginia Women's Center
12129 Graham Meadows Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 288-4084

Lang Liebman, MD
Radiation Oncology Associates
6605 West Broad Street, Suite G201
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 266-7762 

Kandace P. McGuire, MD
MCV Physicians/VCU Health
Department of Surgery, Surgical Oncology
North Hospital, 1300 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 828-9325

Nikisha Q. Richards, MD
MCV Physicians/VCU Health
Department of Ophthalmology - Oculoplastics
8700 Stony Point Parkway, Suite 220
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 323-0830

Jonathan Schaaf, MD
Executive Health Group
7101 Jahnke Road, Suite 550-A
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 560-3295

Margaret Sigman, MD
Advanced Allergy and Asthma of Virginia
5924 Harbour Park Dr.
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 739-9005

Andy Thanjan, MD
Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.
5855 Bremo Road, Suite 706
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 285-8206

Katherine Trahan, MD
Extant Healthcare
7101 Jahnke Road Suite 260
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 716-7758

D. Omar Watson, DDS, MD
Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery
11319 Polo Place
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 794-0794



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