The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute has named Dr. Mark Greenawald interim associate dean of student affairs and Dr. David Trinkle associate dean of community and culture.

In their new positions, Greenawald will oversee academic and career counseling at the medical school and Trinkle will develop the school’s interprofessionalism curriculum and will work to foster strong ties with the greater Roanoke Valley community. Trinkle will also oversee school’s diversity program.

“Dr. Greenawald is an outstanding physician, academician, and a leader in medical education,” said Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “His enthusiasm, dedication, and innovative spirit are key assets. As the interim associate dean of student affairs, he will work closely with students, so it was important that we chose a role model and someone who could relate to aspiring physicians. The students will be well-served with Mark in this position.”

Johnson also said the associate dean of community and culture is a critical management component at the school because of the importance of the local community’s involvement in the medical school’s interprofessional curriculum.

“VTC is the only medical school in the country that places personal and professional leadership, teamwork, and ethics within the foundational framework of the medical school’s curriculum,” said Johnson. “As part of the interprofessionalism curriculum, our medical students will work with students from other health professions in the community, on a service learning projects.”

“Community leaders have already had a major impact during our multiple-mini interview weekends and they are currently working with us to put the finishing touches on our interprofessionalism curriculum,” added Johnson. “We have been fortunate to be part of a giving community and to have excellent physician leaders working together in this process. Dr. Trinkle has forged some very strong ties in Roanoke and has exemplified teamwork in this process.”

Greenawald is the founding chair of the medical school’s Department of Family Medicine. He holds the rank of associate professor. At Carilion Clinic, Greenawald is the associate chair for undergraduate medical education within the Department of Primary Care and Regional Medicine. He is also the education director for the Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion Family Medicine Residency. A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he served as a naval medical officer for five years.

Trinkle is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. At Carilion Clinic, he is the training director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and is the geropsychiatric consultant to the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, the League of Older Americans, and to numerous nursing homes in the Roanoke Valley. He earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Virginia, completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Northwestern University.

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