2021 Candidate Biographies
Dr. J. Cameron Muir is a nationally recognized leader in hospice and palliative medicine and advanced illness care. Dr. Muir serves as the chief innovation officer at Capital Caring Health as well as chief innovation officer for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI).
At Capital Caring Health, one of the oldest and largest non-profit hospice and palliative care groups in the United States, Dr. Muir led the medical staff from 2002 – 2018 which provided over 260,000 hospice and palliative care visits during that timeframe. Additionally, his work on research and outcomes programs has resulted in the publication of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles which define innovations and best practices in advanced illness care. With the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, Dr. Muir serves as the director of the Innovation Lab, as well as now chairing the National COVID-19 Task Force.
Dr. Muir is committed to education and work force development and served as the founding program director of Capital Caring Health’s ACGME-accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program (the third one of its kind to be accredited in the US ) which over a decade trained more than 30 physicians in hospice and palliative medicine. This program has evolved into lasting partnerships with similar fellowship programs at George Washington University and MedStar Health. For the past three years, Dr. Muir has served as faculty for the Healer’s Art course for first year medical students at UVA.
In multiple leadership roles, Dr. Muir is both a fellow and the past-president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and served on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 2002-2009. In addition, he has been a consultant to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and for two decades has served on the faculty of the Education for Physicians in End of Life Care Project (EPEC).
Prior to joining Capital Caring Health, Dr. Muir was medical director of the Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he also served on the Pain Management Coordinating Council. He was also director of the Palliative Care Program of the Northwestern University Medical School, where he was assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Muir is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and Internal Medicine and is a certified hospice medical director. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also earned fellowships in bioethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and in both medical oncology and hospice and palliative medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Current academic appointments include associate professor of medicine at University of Virginia School of Medicine, clinical associate professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, and clinical assistant professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Muir’s daughter graduated from Emory and is pursuing a career as a physician assistant, and his son is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia in the McIntire School. He and his wife, Susan, live in Northern Virginia. He enjoys running and cycling, as well as hiking in Great Falls National Park with Susan and their yellow lab, Wrigley.
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Terrance P. Johns, MD, ’89 CCD
Dr. Johns is a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences. Chosen as an Echols Scholar, he received a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor concentration in Spanish. He is also a 1989 graduate of the University’s School of Medicine. After graduating medical school, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C where he was also chosen chief medical resident. After remaining on staff as a hospitalist, he moved to North Carolina where he is currently an internist at Novant Health: Thomasville Medical Associates. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he is a member of the American College of Physicians, The National Medical Association, and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.
Originally from Roanoke, Va., Dr. Johns currently resides in High Point, NC, with his wife Dorothy (Echols, UVA Comm School ’88). They are the proud parents of their daughter who is graduating from the University in May 2021 and their son who is currently a junior at Princeton University. Terrance enjoys fitness, horticulture and lifelong learning.
Adrian L. Preston, MD ‘96, FACC
Dr. Adrian L. Preston was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and emigrated (a refugee of the Vietnam War) at age 5 in 1975 the week before the communist takeover of Saigon. Luckily, she and her family were able to emigrate to Memphis, Tenn., under the sponsorship of Catholic Church Relief Services. She lived there during her elementary and middle school years. She then moved to Northern Virginia in 1984 to start high school at W.T. Woodson Public High School in Fairfax. Dr. Preston attended the College of William and Mary, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1992. Soon thereafter, she attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and graduated in 1996. At the time of graduation, her name was Adrian Thu Quynh Le.
Dr. Preston completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire in 1999. She then completed her cardiology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA in 2002.
Dr. Preston is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has been Board Certified in cardiology since 2002.
Dr. Preston worked as a general cardiologist at the Cardiology Associates, P.C., a private group in Annapolis, Md., from 2002-2004. In 2005, she joined the Cardiovascular Specialists of Central Maryland (a Johns Hopkins Regional Physicians group) and continues to work there. Her clinical expertise includes: consultative cardiology, women’s heart care, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology (noninvasive cardiology). The practice is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Department of Cardiology.
Dr. Preston met her future husband, John Preston, when he was an anesthesiology resident, at Dartmouth. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and would be interested in helping any students interested in Anesthesiology. They have two children, 16 and 14 years old, and live in Severna Park, a suburb of Annapolis. Dr. Preston’s interests include travel, food and wine, cooking, and exercising. Her interest in serving as a board member of the UVA Medical Alumni Association includes career panelist, hosting students, women in medicine, social gatherings/meetings of students/alumni.
Danielle Jude Carroll, MD ‘16
Dr. Dani Carroll earned her B.A. in Bioethics and Italian through the Echols Program at the University of Virginia (CLAS ’05), after which she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She flew high-performance jets on active duty for several years, later transitioning into the Reserve to attend medical school back at UVA and graduated in 2016. She has been involved in extensive Global Health work, including trauma/burn surgery research, education, and outreach programs in East Africa and Latin America, and has contributed in the areas of disaster relief, wilderness medicine, and trauma/emergency response in resource-limited settings, among others.
After completing three years of general surgery residency at UC San Diego, Dr. Carroll paused clinical training to serve as NASA-funded Space Health Innovation Fellow at UCSF. When the position was impacted by COVID, she relocated to Colorado in Fall 2020 to complete concurrent master’s degrees in aerospace engineering (bioastronautics) and engineering management (leadership and innovation) through the University of Colorado Boulder. She also completed a fellowship in wilderness medicine (FAWM) through the Wilderness Medicine Society in 2020.
Dr. Carroll is currently principal investigator on a NASA grant through the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), providing consulting services for a variety of initiatives related to medical care and procedural intervention in the spaceflight environment. She collaborates frequently with colleagues at NASA, SpaceX, and other commercial spaceflight entities and has been invited to give guest lectures and grand rounds on medical and surgical management in microgravity at UCSF, UCSD, UVA, and CU Boulder. Dr. Carroll serves as president-elect of the Space Surgery Association, as well as in the Virginia Air National Guard as a flight physician at a fighter squadron, and she stays current in the air by teaching flying locally.
Dr. Carroll founded Orbital Biodesign, LLC in Fall 2020 to serve as a platform for development of innovative technologies intended to support human health, both on Earth and in space. Her team recently filed its first provisional patent for a vascular device with terrestrial and spaceflight applications and is in the process of iterating on the initial prototype. She is also leading her team in building out several spacesuit glove design modifications to mitigate injury and fatigue during extended-duration spacewalks.
Dr. Carroll presently resides in Boulder, Colorado, but returns home to Charlottesville often to visit her family. In her free time, she enjoys SCUBA diving, climbing, traveling, and running with her rescue pup, Rosie.