Dr. Aubrey Knight named associate dean for student affairs at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
In his new role, Knight manages student affairs for all four years of the medical school curriculum. He oversees career mentoring and advising, academic support services, policies and procedures, counseling and wellness, student financial support services, student government, and residency applications.
Knight most recently served as the school’s assistant dean for clinical sciences for the clinical years. In that position, he was instrumental in developing the third-year clerkships and electives for the medical students. He also supervised the day-to-day operations of the clinical curriculum and worked closely with the clerkship directors to ensure each student had a challenging and positive experience in each specialty.
A physician at Carilion Clinic, Knight will continue to serve as program director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship and section chief for geriatric and palliative medicine at Carilion. He also serves as a professor of internal medicine and of family and community medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Knight earned his bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater College and his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital before undertaking a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Maryland Medical System.
In his new role, Knight replaces Dr. Mark Greenawald, who served as associate dean for student affairs at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine for the previous three years. Greenawald has been named vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Carilion Clinic. There he will continue his involvement with the medical school while also developing the department’s academic and research programs.
Noting that Greenawald set a high bar for the student affairs role, Dr. Cynda Johnson, dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, also expressed absolute confidence in Knight’s leadership talents.
“We are delighted that Dr. Knight has agreed to take on this crucial position,” Johnson said. “In his earlier role with the school, he showed the tremendous insight, sensitivity, and skill that have made him such a sought-after physician. He will now use those gifts to help nurture the next generation of wise and compassionate doctors.”