About the Partners

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a comprehensive, innovative, research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia of about 30,000 students. Located in Blacksburg with satellite campuses and research sites across the state, Virginia Tech has eight colleges offering 60 bachelor's degree programs and 140 master's and doctoral degree programs.

In the biosciences, Virginia Tech has outstanding programs in bioengineering, bioinformatics, bio-imaging, and veterinary medicine, and has joint degree programs and affiliation relationships with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Georgetown University. The institution is ranked 42nd in research expenditures in the United States with $366.9 million for research programs in fiscal year 2007. In fiscal year 2008, the university received 2,262 awards to conduct research.

The university is committed to research and creative scholarship in strategically important areas that draw upon established strengths and capture opportunities. Priorities are health, food, and nutrition; energy, materials, and environment; innovative technologies and complex systems, which includes nanotechnology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, high-performance computing, robotics, wireless technologies, and geographic information systems; and social and individual transformation, which includes economic, social, political, technological, environmental, and cultural change with applications in domestic and international aspects of community life.

Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic is a healthcare organization with more than 500 physicians in a multi-specialty group practice and eight not-for-profit hospitals. Carilion Clinic specializes in patient-centered care, medical education, and clinical research, with a goal of providing the best possible health outcome and healthcare experience for each patient.

The core of the Carilion Clinic is an integrated, multi-specialty physician group which through its physician leadership has accountability for all aspects of Carilion’s clinical outcomes, operations, and educational programs. As part of the multi-specialty physician group, 67 primary care physician practices stretch from far southwest Virginia through the Shenandoah Valley. Overall, Carilion provides services for the metropolitan Roanoke population of 250,000 and has a referral area of one million people, including a network of hospitals in Virginia, anchored by Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital which includes a new children's hospital, an advanced heart treatment center and floors designed for women’s care.


Among its services, Carilion provides a regional cancer center; cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery programs, Level I Trauma Center; Level III neonatal intensive care unit, neuro-trauma, medical, cardiac, and cardiac surgery intensive care units, neonatal intensive care, perinatology; pediatric intensive care, and numerous ambulatory departments.

Graduate Medical Education

Carilion has been involved in graduate medical education for over 60 years. Carilion Clinic’s Department of Graduate Medical Education currently supports residency training in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general surgery, neurological surgery, and a transitional year. Carilion Clinic also sponsors fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry.

In addition, Carilion Clinic is actively engaged in the planning and development of new residency programs in emergency medicine and pediatrics, as well as fellowship programs in pulmonary and critical care, infectious diseases, and cardiology.

In addition to medical students, Carilion also educates nursing, physician assistant and allied health students from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS), Virginia Western Community College, and Radford University.

Information Technology

Carilion Clinic has invested more than $200 million in information technology to enhance quality, safety and efficiency of patient care over the last decade and has been named one of the “100 Most Wired” health systems (Hospitals & Health Networks) for many years. In 2007 Carilion Clinic began implementation of a $68 million integrated electronic medical record (EMR) which ties together clinical data for all Carilion Clinic hospitals and physician practices. The EMR allows physicians to immediately access all information about a patient's current and past medical history, along with test and lab results.