Falls Church, VA Craig Cheifetz, MD, Regional Dean and Vice President of Corporate Health Services at Inova, received the Laureate award from the Virginia chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP).  The Laureate is the most prestigious award the chapter presents and is designed to honor Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, and research, and service to their community, their chapter, and the ACP.  

Dr. Cheifetz has been an integral part of Inova and Inova Fairfax Hospital medical staff for more than 23 years. He has served a total of 10 years on the ACP Virginia Chapter Governor’s Council, from 2003-2010, and then again from 2015-2018. 

“Craig is a natural leader and fulfills the highest ideals of the practice of medicine,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO, Inova Health System. “His clinical expertise is enriched by his passion for health education and caring for the whole person.  We are proud to have him lead our corporate medicine program and be recognized with this award for his dedication to his patients and our community.”

On the Virginia Governor’s Council, Dr. Cheifetz was a powerful advocate for the issues faced by young physicians.  He started the Council of Young Physicians in Virginia in 2007 and shepherded this council as both a leader and a mentor.  His efforts were recognized at the National level on several occasions, including in 2010 when the national ACP awarded him the Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians.

He served as the Chair of the Virginia State Scientific Program in 2007 and 2009 and as the medical student advisor on the Governor’s council from 2015-2018. 

Dr. Cheifetz received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed his internal medicine training at Georgetown School of Medicine.


About Inova                    
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.

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