April 2, 2020



usevirginiaWelcome to hrphysician.com, 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

Medical Update:

By Kasey Fuqua

With increasing demands on their time and less time than ever to spend with patients, physicians across the country… read more

Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers: Empowering Patients
By Alison Johnson

Fifteen years ago, it was rare for someone to call an oncologist before they had a cancer diagnosis. Today, genetic counseling and testing… read more

Post-Traumatic Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle
By Joel D. Stewart, MD

Complex, traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle can present some of the greatest challenges to an orthopaedic surgeon…. read more


John Duerden, MD

Geoffrey Wright, MD

The Struggle of Transition for Military Doctors to Private Practice
By John Duerden, MD and Geoffrey Wright, MD

The transition from the military to the civilian lifestyle can be a difficult one. Because the military takes care of the hassle… read more


Preparing for a Lawsuit
By Douglas E. Penner

So, you have been served with a lawsuit. You knew medical malpractice lawsuits were possible… read more


Compliance 101: When do you need a Business Associate Agreement?
By Erica Pero

Under HIPAA and HITECH, when “covered entities” and “business associates” share patient information (PHI), there must be a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) between the two… read more


Lesser Known Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence
By Jennifer Miles-Thomas, MD, FPMRS

Anyone who watches television has seen an explosion in commercials for medications to treat urinary incontinence… read more


Detecting and Treating Thyroid Nodules
By Cheryl D. Almirante, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD

Thyroid nodules are extremely common. In fact, by age 60 about half of all people have a thyroid nodule that can be found… read more


The Power of Nonsurgical Approaches for Damaged Shoulders
By Thomas E. Fithian, MD, FAAOS

Patients with common shoulder disorders often assume they’ll require surgery to ease pain and improve stiffness, weakness and range of motion… read more