May 21, 2019



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


Expert Specialists, Innovative Neurosurgical Care
How the subspecialized neurosurgeons at Sentara Neurosurgery Specialists deliver Hampton Roads’ most advanced care…read more

Medical Update:
Support for Seniors at Home
How PACE programs are helping families care for loved ones… read more

Medicine Then and Now: The Lifesaving Evolution of Cardiology
By Kasey Fuqua
Dramatic developments have given cardiologists more treatment options than ever before… read more

Cardiac Clearance for Surgery:
Expectations and Risks for the Cardiologist
By Douglas E. Penner and C. Thea Pitzen

Often cardiac patients, or their surgeons or primary care physicians, may present before a non-cardiac operative procedure requesting “cardiac clearance” for surgery… read more

A Mission to Expand Specialized Genitourinary Procedures
By Jessica DeLong, MD

The complex disorders that require genitourinary and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery are often highly disruptive… read more

Medical Marijuana – Can I Prescribe It?
(A Practical Guide to Getting Started)
By Erica Pero

CBD oil seems to be the miracle drug du jour. From epilepsy to anxiety, CBD oil is making its way across the nation… read more

The Expanding Role of PD-1 Inhibitors in Cancer Treatment
By John C. Paschold, MD

Since 2006, when the first clinical trial began testing the effectiveness of PD-1 inhibitors… read more

Overlooked Causes of Chronic Ankle Pain
By Alexander Lambert II, MD

Ongoing pain in the ankle joint is a common complaint in orthopaedics practices, and properly diagnosing the root cause can be challenging… read more

Why Spinal Fusion may be the Best Treatment Option for Your Patients
By Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD

Patients come to me for treatment guidance for their back, neck and limb pain, pinched nerves and spinal stenosis…. read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
By Kristi V. Mizelle, MD, MPH, FACR

For many patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), treatment advances in recent years have significantly improved disease outcomes … read more

Progress in Sight-Saving Research
By Kapil G. Kapoor, MD

Am I going to do this forever, or is there going to be a different way of treating this in the future?… read more

Offset Taxes with Retirement Account Contributions
Consider using tax-advantaged accounts to help lower your tax bill

Even in the wake of complex tax provisions, a key to lowering your tax bill is really quite simple: report lower taxable income… read more