Shrader named Family Medicine chair

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The WVU Department of Family Medicine has named Carl D. Shrader, MD, PhD, as the new department chair.

Dr. Shrader is a long-standing physician and educator for the University, having joined the faculty in Department of Family Medicine in 2013. He started his career as a core faculty member for the resident physician training program, was then promoted as the associate program director, and ultimately became the residency program director in 2017.

Shrader emphasizes the land-grant mission in his approach to leadership and care.

“One of the most exciting aspects of becoming the next department chair is having the capability to impact primary care throughout the state and region we serve,” Shrader said. “We have a tremendous opportunity as a primary care department within the West Virginia University Medicine system to support and collaborate with all primary care clinicians, who truly serve as the frontline health and wellness assessors and educators for all West Virginians. Through these efforts, we will work to expand health professional educational initiatives within the department and further develop existing services and open resources to rural West Virginia providers and patients.”

Shrader currently serves as medical director for Harmony at Morgantown, Morgantown Amedisys Hospice, and Sundale Nursing Home.

“Dr. Shrader is a true servant leader who is respected by his colleagues, the department’s residents and patients in the community,” Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences, said. “His deep community roots paired with his demonstrated leadership means the Department is in great hands that will allow it to continue to flourish as we improve education at WVU and patient care in West Virginia.”

Shrader participated in the WVU Physician Scientist Training Program where he completed his PhD in Neuroscience prior to graduating medical school. Upon finishing residency in family medicine, he subsequently completed a fellowship in faculty development and grant generating from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, Shrader now resides in Morgantown with his wife and three children.