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2020. Proof that challenge makes us stronger.

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No matter what, we are resilient and ready to take on any challenges we may face as educators and care providers.”

In the face of pandemic, civil unrest and economic crisis, we brought our communities science, invention and compassion. This past year has made us stronger than ever, and has proven the power of resilience. From here, we can take on anything.

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The world paused, but our research never stood still.

VCU posted an institutional record of $335 million in sponsored funding in fiscal year 2020, an 8 percent increase over the previous year. More funding means more medical breakthroughs.

Caring and compassion proved their power.

We faced a medical crisis of epic proportion. Still, we know that health care is all about individuals. The success of our patients and their families continues to drive us forward.

For our students, 2020 was a lesson in resilience.

The pandemic came to the forefront this year, but our faculty and student body proved their tenacity, gaining knowledge in crisis mode and adjusting to new ways of learning.

As the world kept changing, we kept building.

The need for medical care became paramount — and our capabilities continued to grow, as we expanded in the communities we serve and set the stage for important new additions.

In a new era in health care, new leadership will guide us.

Headshot of Arthur L. Kellerman, M.D.As we continue to face new challenges, we also welcome a new CEO. Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., became senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System on Oct. 1, 2020. He is the first person in the senior VP and CEO role at VCU to have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, with a distinguished career as a physician, epidemiologist, professor, dean, researcher and health policy pioneer. With Dr. Kellermann at the helm and 11,000 staff members charging forward, VCU Health proves that the future is all about resilience.

The more we experience, the stronger we become.