W&L Alumnus Named President of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation

Dr. S. Hughes Melton, Washington and Lee Class of 1989

Dr. S. Hughes Melton '89

Dr. Hughes Melton, a 1989 graduate of Washington and Lee, is the new president of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation.

Hughes is the vice president and chief medical officer for the Virginia Operations of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) in Abingdon, Va. MSHA is the largest health-care system in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Prior to MSHA, Hughes worked with C-Health, P.C., the practice he founded in June 2000 and where he provided a full spectrum of family medical services to people in rural southwest Virginia. C-Health grew to 17 full- and part-time providers serving more than 18,000 patients. Along the way, Hughes has earned numerous awards, including the American Academy of Family Physicians 2011 Family Physician of the Year and the 2009 Virginia Family Physician of the Year.

One of the summer interns in Washington and Lee's Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty worked with Hughes this past summer.

The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation (MSVF) is the philanthropic partnership between the Medical Society of Virginia and the Medical Society of Virginia Alliance. The organization aims to better equip the physician community to improve the health of Virginians.  The Medical Society of Virginia is the professional association for physicians in the commonwealth.

Hughes received his M.D. from the University of Virginia and returned to the U.Va. medical school in September 2011 to present "Stretching to Serve: Health Professionals' Altruism and Vulnerability When Meeting Community Needs." You can watch it at this link.

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