Roxanne Sholevar, MD

Resident Physician, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Roxanne Sholevar is a resident physician in psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems in Richmond, VA. She received her BS in biochemistry with high honors from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and her MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Her primary interest in medicine has always been oncology. She planned on becoming a physician-scientist but after completing a year of research as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the NIH, she found her personality more compatible with clinical work. She pursued her interest in oncology through medical school, completing multiple rotations in oncology, but decided to pursue psychiatry after rotating in consultation-liaison at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and discovering the field of psycho-oncology. She is drawn to the complex medical and neurological aspects that are behind some psychiatric presentations, as well as the existential component of dealing with terminal illness. Since starting residency, she has developed liaison relationships with multiple oncology departments, with ongoing patient referrals. She plans to go on to complete a fellowship in CL psychiatry. Her career goal is to establish a psychiatry department at a major cancer center, and hopes to work with trainees to spread awareness and excitement about this growing field. She is deeply dedicated to teaching and received the resident-wide medical student teaching award in 2017 for her service in internal medicine. Her other interests include visual art, which is inspired by her work with cancer patients, and her work has been published in review articles and used in academic presentations.