April 2, 2020

About Us

dr_blueHampton Roads Physician is published four times a year by DocDirect Publishing, a locally owned and operated company with a long and well-respected history of serving the medical community of Southeastern Virginia.  The publication is mailed free of charge to physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioner, physicians’ assistants and hospital leaders in cities and counties throughout Hampton Roads – including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Smithfield, Gloucester, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck.

Each issue of Hampton Roads Physician concentrates on a specific branch of medicine, and includes one or more feature articles about current trends and treatments in that area.  Content is reviewed by our Physician Advisory Board prior to publication.  The magazine also features articles on a wide variety of topics in medicine, carefully researched and written by our team of writers, as well those that are contributed by physicians and other medical professionals.

The physicians who appear on the cover are specialists in each featured branch of medicine. They have been nominated by their fellow physicians and/or by representatives of local hospitals or large practice systems, and are selected by our Physician Advisory Board.

Regular features of Hampton Roads Physician include

  • In the News – photos and notes about who and what is making the news
  • Awards & Accolades – sharing the accomplishments of those who have received major honors
  • Welcome to the Community – photos and profiles of physicians and surgeons who’ve recently come to Hampton Roads
  • Spotlight on Support Professionals – articles about nurse practitioners and physician assistants (nominated by physicians/peers)
  • Good Deeds – features about medical professionals who are doing community service locally or outside the state or nation (nominated by physicians/peers)

The Hampton Roads Physician team consists of experienced publishing and medical professionals, all of whom share our goal to acknowledge the remarkable work being done in medicine in Hampton Roads, and to provide a valuable, timely and reliable resource to our region’s health care providers.

HollyHolly Barlow, Publisher
Holly has worked in the field of print media since graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in communications and marketing.  She has conceived, produced and published magazines with a medical focus since 2001.  In addition to Hampton Roads Physician, she currently publishes HOPE Cancer Magazine.



allisonAlison Johnson, Writer
Alison has been a writer for a variety of local newspapers and magazines since graduating from Yale University in 1994, with a degree in history. She spent 15 years at the Daily Press newspaper in Newport News before moving to a freelance career after the birth of her second child. Alison specializes in features and profiles related to health care, nutrition, fitness and parenting.