Douglas Grider has been named vice chair of the Department of Basic Science Education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Grider is an associate professor within the department, with his teaching focused on pathology during the second-year curriculum and advising VTCSOM students about the discipline of pathology and pathology-related careers.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Grider step into this role. He has been an active and engaged faculty member for almost seven years and plays a critical role in the education of our students,” said Renée LeClair, chair of the Department of Basic Science Education.

Grider also currently serves as the president and managing partner of Dominion Pathology Associates. Prior to joining Dominion Pathology Associates in 2010, he had a 24-year career in the Air Force.

“I’m grateful to step into this new leadership role within the Department of Basic Science Education,” said Grider. “Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed teaching and mentoring students and trainees at all levels of experience and education and look forward to deepening my role in that at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.”

Grider received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University and earned his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed a pathology residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, including an anatomic pathology fellowship his final year of residency. He went on to complete a gastrointestinal and hepatic pathology fellowship and dermatopathology fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC.

Prior to Grider, Michael Nolan served as vice chair of the department since 2012. He remains a professor within the department. “We are thankful for Mike’s service as vice chair and pleased he will continue teaching our students in the myriad of ways he does so, through lectures, workshops, and as a facilitator in our problem-based learning small groups,” said LeClair.