Notable Alumni in Medicine

Tiger Tracks for careers in Medicine

Hillman TerzianHillman Terzian '08 LinkedIn
General Surgery Resident, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA

Hillman graduated from Hampden-Sydney magna cum laude with honors in biology. At Hampden-Sydney he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was President of the Pre-Health Society, Phi Gamma Delta, the Union-Philanthropic Society, and Chi Beta Phi (Science honor society). He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School with several other Hampden-Sydney graduates. He appreciates the well-rounded education Hampden-Sydney provided him.

Matt RannalsMatt Rannals '03 LinkedIn
Fellow, Leiber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

Matt was a senior on the 2003 basketball team that went to the D-III Final Four and a brother in the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. He graduated summa cum laude in Physics and started graduate school at the University of Virginia studying Aerospace Engineering before moving into the field of Neuroscience. He was President of the graduate student council at UVA and completed a Ph.D. dissertation in Neuroscience at UVA. He studied changes that take place in neurons during brain activity, working in a lab that focused on developing better treatments for seizures that afflict patients with epilepsy. Matt currently has a position as a fellow at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. He works on research aimed at understanding the role of genes in schizophrenia, autism, and other mental health disorders. 

James WorthenJames Worthen '98
Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Vincent's Orthopedic, Birmingham, AL

On the Tiger lacrosse team, Jamie was the National Defenseman of the Year in 1998, as well as Class President. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School, where he also served as Class President. He then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery, being named the most outstanding resident. After a one-year residency at the Taos Orthopedic Institute in New Mexico, Jamie moved to St. Vincent's Orthopedic in Birmingham, Alabama, where he practices today.

James PowellJames Powell '95
Primary Care Physician and Professor, Eastern Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, NC

James played football and majored in biology at Hampden-Sydney. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa before studying medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completing a residency in Internal Medicine at the Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC, where he was named Co-Chief Resident. After practicing in Ahoskie, NC for five years, he has returned to Greenville to the ECU Brody School of Medicine where he is now Chief of General Internal Medicine. When he isn't seeing patients, training students and residents, doing clinical research, or giving educational presentations to the community, James hunts, fishes, and spends time with his family.

Malcolm SydnorMalcolm Sydnor '94
Professor and Program Director, VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

Malcolm, a biology major, was president of Kappa Alpha fraternity and a member of the golf team. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, completing his residency there as the Chief Resident. Malcolm also completed a fellowship at the University of Virginia to study Interventional Radiology before returning to VCU where he has worked as a professor of radiology, surgery, chief of vascular and interventional radiology, and associate radiology residency program director.

Craig VranianS. Craig Vranian '81
Interventional Cardiologist, Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, Richmond, VA

Craig graduated magna cum laude in biology and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MD from the Medical College of Virginia and did an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has served Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists for 20 years in the field of general and interventional cardiology. In his spare time he dabbles in golf and enjoys interesting cars. Craig and his wife Susan have two teenage sons, Steven and Evan.

Randolph ChitwoodRandolph Chitwood '72
Pioneering Surgeon and Director of the East Carolina Heart Institute

Chitwood is an internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon. In addition to pioneering minimally-invasive conventional surgical techniques, he was instrumental in the development of the DaVinci robotic surgery apparatus and in 2000 was the first surgeon in North America to perform a robot-assisted heart-valve operation. Of Hampden-Sydney, Chitwood says, "This College has helped many of us prevail, not just survive." After graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School, he went to East Carolina University, where he would eventually found the medical school's cardiac surgery program and chairman of the Department of Surgery. More recently his success in developing innovative techniques and treatments has resulted in his founding another major medical center, the East Carolina Heart Institute, which he directs.