Virginia Collier, MD

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Hugh R. Sharp, Jr. Chair, Department of Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

Virginia U. Collier, M.D., MACP graduated in 1972 from Sweet Briar College summa cum laude with highest honors in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1976, where she was chosen as the outstanding clinician of her graduating class, and she completed her internal medicine residency training and nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1976 – 1980. From 1980 – 1989, she practiced general internal medicine and nephrology in a rural Maryland town on the Chesapeake Bay. In 1989 she joined the staff of the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care Health System) as the director of the Jefferson Medical College Fourth Year Medical Student Program. In 1991, she became the Residency Program Director in Internal Medicine, and in 1994, she was made Vice Chair of the Department. Since October, 2006, when she became the Hugh R. Sharp, Jr. Chair of Medicine at Christiana Care Health System, she has championed the practice of value based medicine, supported by education, research, and performance improvement. She is a Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Collier completed a second three year term as Regent of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in April 2010. From 2000-2004 she served as governor of the Delaware Chapter of the ACP, and in 2009 she received the Delaware Chapter Laureate Award. Dr. Collier has served on numerous ACP committees, is an associate editor for ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Programs (MKSAP) for nephrology and rheumatology, and is the author of numerous articles on medical education. She is a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine and served as an elected member of the Council of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine (APDIM). Dr. Collier is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to medical education and to the field of internal medicine. In 2002, she was the inaugural winner of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award as one of 10 outstanding residency program directors in the country. In 2003 she received the Leon A. Peris Memorial Award of Jefferson Medical College for excellence in clinical teaching and for being an exemplary role model in academic medicine. In April 2012, Dr. Collier joined a select group of internists elected to Mastership in the American College of Physicians. Masters are highly accomplished individuals distinguished by the excellence and significance of their contributions to the ACP and to the field of medicine.