ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 17, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine announced the appointment of Ludeman A. Eng as chair of the Department of Basic Sciences.
Eng served as the assistant dean for strategic innovations and is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. At the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Eng is director of Block I curriculum and an associate professor in the Department of Basic Sciences.
“It has been wonderful to be part of the leadership team that has built the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. To be at the cutting edge of medical education and to implement innovative strategies focused on improving patient care has been very exciting. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is developing leaders who will propel the industry forward to address some of the most intractable issues in health care delivery. I look forward to broadening my responsibilities at the school and being part of this ground breaking work,” said Eng.
Eng has been a stalwart supporter of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine since its infancy. He served on the initial curriculum planning committee, participating in site visits to other medical schools, researching learning methods, and helping to implement the latest learning modalities at the school. The faculty also elected Eng as the first chair of the faculty governance committee. Eng was instrumental in developing the curriculum that students encounter during the first two months of class as director of Block I. In this role, Eng worked closely with basic science and clinical science faculty to build problem-based learning cases that students analyze in small groups. Eng is also a highly esteemed teacher by students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
“While Dr. Eng will continue in his role at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, I look forward to his expanded leadership at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. His long-standing dedication to students and his propensity to innovate will be major assets for [Virginia Tech Carilion],” said Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “With Lud’s leadership, the relationship between both schools can only grow stronger and will serve to bring the campuses even closer together. The strengthened ties will facilitate growth and partnerships between the faculty and students alike.”
Eng received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. He completed postdoctoral work in immunoreproduction at the University of Miami’s Institute for Molecular and Cellular Evolution. Eng’s research interests include reproductive cell biology, in vitro fertilization and early embryo development, and reproductive toxicology. He served as head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years. Eng began teaching at the veterinary school in 1981.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute joins the basic science, life science, bioinformatics, and engineering strengths of Virginia Tech with the medical practice and medical education experience of Carilion Clinic. Virginia Tech Carilion is located in a new biomedical health sciences campus in Roanoke at 2 Riverside Circle.