Meet the Director: Dr. Danny TK Avula

Dr. Danny Avula

is Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments. He is a public health physician board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, and he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended the VCU School of Medicine, and completed residencies at VCU and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a Master’s in Public Health. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.

Governor McAuliffe appointed Dr. Avula to the State Board of Social Services in 2013 and he served as Board Chair from 2017 to 2019. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, and serves on several other community boards. He has been named one of Richmond's "Top Docs" every year from 2013-2019. He is a recent recipient of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Community’s Humanitarian Award, and in 2019, he was a Richmond Times Dispatch ‘Person of the Year’ honoree.

At home, Danny devotes his time to life with his wife and five kids, and to learning how to be a good neighbor in the rapidly changing community of Church Hill, where he has lived for the past fifteen years. His work has been featured nationally by the CDC, The New York Times, NPR, PBS Newshour, Christianity Today, and MSNBC.


Notable media appearances include:

Dr. Danny Avula at TEDxRVA: Dependence isn't a dirty word

Virginia Nursing Home Had Plenty of Coronavirus Patients but Few Tests

In Minority Neighborhoods, Knocking On Doors To Stop The Spread Of The Coronavirus

Why American nursing homes have been hit so hard by coronavirus

As some states race for mass testing in nursing homes, others lag behind


Executive Assistant,
Dorathy Lay

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