Hampden-Sydney College student, William Banning'15 is working as a summer intern at the UVA Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This facility includes a 604-bed hospital, a Level I trauma center, and notable specialty clinics and research centers throughout Central Virginia. It is among the nation's top hospitals and has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctors in America, and America's Top Doctors.
Will works in a transplant research laboratory with two doctors that focus on kidney and liver transplant research. The majority of his work is based on determining a bio marker that can help recognize early signs of liver disease or Hepatitis C. He works closely with specimens that are taken from patients who have recently received a liver transplant, and he is responsible for isolating the DNA in these samples for analysis.
When asked about his experience, Will shared that "this summer opportunity has allowed me to gain a lot of experience working in a professional research lab and has also let me hone my laboratory bench work skills." His advisor, Dr. Daniel G. Maluf, has allowed Will to be present in the operating room to observe multiple surgeries including a liver transplant and cystectomy. Dr. Maluf is surgical director of liver transplantation, director of living donor liver transplantation, and director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program at the UVA Health System.
According to Will, "the overall exposure to working in a large hospital system is something that I have really appreciated, and I feel my insight for working in the medical field has benefited greatly in my time at the UVA Hospital."
Will is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the President's Men, and plays varsity football. He is a graduate of Hampton Roads Academy (Newport News, VA) and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Scott J. Banning.