December 11, 2018



usevirginiaWelcome to, the interactive website of Hampton Roads Physician, a comprehensive publication for and about the medical community practicing in the geographic area known as Hampton Roads, in the southeastern region of Virginia.

Launched in Winter 2013, Hampton Roads Physician is designed to recognize the achievements of the local medical community and to present them with professionalism and editorial integrity – and to provide current, accurate and useful information these busy professionals want and need.

We encourage you to explore our website, and invite you to help us honor the extraordinary men and women who provide care to our community by nominating them for inclusion in future issues.

Current Editorial


A Long History of Innovation

Urology of Virginia has provided comprehensive urological care in Hampton Roads for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1922 by Charles Devine…read more


Medical Update
New Options in IVF: How INVOcell is changing infertility treatment
Over the past 40 years, in-vitro fertilization has become more and more reliable through… read more

Medical Update
The Challenges of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: How research is helping health professionals find solutions
Unless a new treatment for dementia is discovered soon, an estimated 7.1 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025… read more

Introducing the UroLift® System for Men with BPH
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, affects over 40 million men in the United States… read more

Indications of Sciatica in a Physical Exam
By Rebecca Shoemaker, MD, Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Sciatica is a descriptive term that refers to radiation of pain from the lower back down the back of the thigh and leg in the distribution of the sciatic nerve… read more

Compliance 101: Employment Agreements for Healthcare Providers
By Erica Pero

It’s time for a refresher in drafting a compliant employment agreement for a healthcare professional… read more

Advances on Several Fronts in Breast Cancer Treatment
By David Z. Chang, MD, PhD, FACP

Recent developments in breast cancer treatment have continued to fuel our movement toward tailored treatment for each individual patient… read more

“You Never Told Me THAT Could Happen!”
Avoiding a Lack of Informed Consent Lawsuit
By Robyn P. Ayres

In my experience, there are few cases more frustrating for a physician than one involving a patient who claims lack of informed consent… read more

Expanding Solutions for Patients with Damaged Shoulders
By Catherine M. Rapp, MD, Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center

From its beginnings as a procedure largely for elderly patients, reverse total shoulder replacement has continued to evolve as a surgery that also… read more

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Physical Therapy
By Brittany Deuso, PT, DPT

Do your patients complain of “leaking” with physical activity, coughing or sneezing?  Is pelvic pain interfering… read more

Treatment Hope for Patients with Fecal Incontinence
By Lisa Coleman, DO, FACS, FASCRS

Some 20 million people in the United States experience bowel control issues that go largely untreated, due to the shame and embarrassment… read more

Health Care Marketplace Trends
By Christopher L. Graff, JD, CPA, CHBC

As the political and structural momentum from Obamacare continues to dissipate, health care costs are beginning to serve as the primary driver… read more

Riverside’s Continuing Excellence in Stroke Care
By Christopher L. Graff, JD, CPA, CHBC

Since its designation in 2015 as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare – the first health care system in Hampton Roads to earn that distinction… read more

Referring Your Patients for Spine Surgery
By Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD

Simple back pain is the cause for 80% of annual physician visits, usually managed by Primary Care Physicians who are able to treat the condition effectively… read more

Retinal Scans as a Biomarker for Alzheimer’s:
A Reminder That the Retina is an Extension of the Brain
By Kapil G. Kapoor, MD

In a world where Amazon is planning delivery by drone and driverless cars are being tested for market, it often surprises me when certain aspects of medicine remain chronically unchanged… read more