Virginia L. Hood

Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPG

SOM White Coat Ceremony
Keynote Speaker

January 1997

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Dr. Hood received her medical degree at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.  After residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at the University of Sydney, she joined the faculty at the University of Vermont in 1977 where she currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Medicine with clinical, teaching and research responsibilities.

She cares for patients with end-stage renal disease and kidney, blood pressure, and fluid and electrolyte disorders.  She teaches acide-base physiology, epidemiology and internal medicine to medical students, house staff and community physicians.

Her scholarly activity has included basic science research in acid-base metabolism, clinical research in lactic acid and ketoacide metabolism, and most recently, health promotion research in diabetes prevention.

She is currently the principle investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded project whose goals are to enable a Native American community to develop programs to prevent the development of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other “lifestyle associated disorders.”