Russell E. McWey, MD Appointed as Chairman of Virginia Hospital Center Board of Directors
For Immediate Release
Director of Corporate Communications
Virginia Hospital Center
Arlington, VA: June 9, 2020 – Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, named Russell E. McWey, MD as Chairman of the VHC Board of Directors, effective January 10, 2020. Dr. McWey replaces Dr. John Garrett, who had served as VHC Board Chairman since 2000.
“Virginia Hospital Center has been my professional home for more than thirty years,” said Dr. McWey. “VHC is an incredibly special place filled with people who are committed -at all times- to the safety and well-being of our patients. In my role as Board Chairman, I am committed to doing everything I can to help the hospital continue to grow and thrive.”
Dr. McWey has been a member of the Virginia Hospital Center medical staff since 1987, the Clinical Director of Medical Imaging for 22 years, and a member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors since 2005. He has served on multiple medical staff and Board committees and has been a member of the Medical Executive Committee for 20 years. He currently serves as Chief of Medical Imaging and Director of Interventional Radiology. His specialty expertise spans the latest minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every part of the body including endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms and acute stroke.
“Russ was perfectly positioned to step seamlessly into this role,” said James B. Cole, President & CEO of Virginia Hospital Center. “His decades of service to the Hospital have provided him with a vital understanding of the Hospital’s mission and how to best align VHC’s priorities with those of our larger community. His leadership and guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been invaluable.”
Dr. McWey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate school, respectively. He served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service for six years as a nuclear engineer and line officer before earning his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is board certified in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, and Interventional Radiology.