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As a department, we strive to treat all people as if the "people" are one of us, and our standard should always be to "treat others as we want to be treated."

Dr. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD
Division Chair

An Inspiration to All

The unwavering dedication of Dr. Shravan Renapurkar and Dr. Jennifer Rhodes has had a profound impact on the lives of Heavenli Hill and her grandmother, Carolyn Stump. From the time of her diagnosis with Treacher Collins syndrome, Heavenli has been under the comprehensive care of VCU Health's multidisciplinary craniofacial team, receiving complex treatments throughout her life. The remarkable care provided by both Dr. Renapurkar and Dr. Rhodes has not only made a significant difference in Heavenli's physical and emotional well-being but has also positively influenced her academic journey. Recently, Heavenli graduated from high school and has been accepted into Virginia Commonwealth University, where she aspires to become a doctor herself.

Throughout the course of Heavenli's care, especially in the early stages, Carolyn leaned heavily on the expertise and support of Dr. Renapurkar and Dr. Rhodes. The consistent provision of exceptional care by these two doctors instilled confidence in Carolyn, ensuring that Heavenli received the best possible treatment. Reflecting on her experience, Carolyn expressed her admiration, stating, "I would recommend them to anybody, anytime, anywhere because they're just amazing." The compassionate and skilled care provided by Dr. Renapurkar and Dr. Rhodes has undoubtedly made a lasting impact on the lives of both Heavenli and Carolyn.

The success of Heavenli's journey is attributed to the collaborative efforts of VCU's multidisciplinary craniofacial team. The team's holistic approach and specialized care have paved the way for Heavenli's bright future. Her recent high school graduation and acceptance into Virginia Commonwealth University are a testament to the resilience and determination she has developed under the guidance of her dedicated healthcare providers.

Heavenli's story highlights the transformative power of exceptional medical care and the positive influence it can have on a patient's life. With the continued support of VCU Health's multidisciplinary team, Heavenli is poised to achieve her dreams and make a difference in the field of medicine herself. The outstanding care provided by Dr. Renapurkar, Dr. Rhodes, and the entire craniofacial team at VCU Health exemplifies their commitment to improving the lives of their patients and empowering them to thrive in all aspects of life.

By the numbers


Mortality O:E


Length of Stay O:E


Focused PSI O:E


7-Day Readmission