Lisa Ellis, MD, MACP
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 12/01/2021

Associate Professor Internal Medicine and Ob/GYN; Chief Medical Officer-MCV Physicians and Ambulatory Clinics VCU Health

Dr. Ellis is a full-time faculty member at VCU in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. She has been the Chief Medical Officer for the physician practice Plan at VCU Health and as well the Ambulatory Clinics at VCU Health. She is also the Medical Director for the Women’s Health Clinic at VCU Health. Dr. Ellis received her MS degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin and MD degree from VCU School of Medicine.  She completed a residency at VCU Medical Center in Internal Medicine-Women’s Health. 

She was recruited by Sanford Health University Health System in the Midwest to be the Administrator/ Medical Director and founding developer of the Sanford Health Women’s Plaza. At Sanford Health she was the Deputy Director for a demonstration Project for the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in collaboration with the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.     

Dr. Ellis was appointed the medical student and residency representative for the state of Virginia for the American College of Physicians sitting on the Governor’s Council for five years in Virginia. During this time, two Evergreen awards were awarded to Virginia for projects and conferences she facilitated. The Evergreen award is a prestigious award given by the American College of Physicians to honor the development of new programs which promoted physician involvement.  She was again appointed to the council by the Governor in 2009 and became a fellow of the College at that time. She recently completed a four-year elected position as the Governor for Virginia of the American College of Physicians and held this position until 2016. Dr. Ellis has won a number of awards for Leadership including the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership award, an international award which recognizes qualities that enhance the effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. As a resident at VCU Medical Center she was the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership award given to a resident that demonstrates leadership at regional and national levels. One of the most meaningful awards given to Dr. Ellis was the Arthur Klein Memorial Award given to a resident at VCU chosen by their peers for their demonstration of compassion and excellence in patient care.

Dr. Ellis has been the co-chair for the Women’s Health Congress National meeting on numerous occasions as well as the Chair of the Planning Committee. She was also the Chair of the National Centennial Annual conference for the American College of Physicians in Boston, 2015 and the Chair of the 2017 National ACP meeting in San Diego, CA. She has given numerous invited seminars and lectures on women‘s health topics and in the area of Wellness and is trained as a Wellness Champion. She has won numerous awards including the Foundations in Clinical Medicine Excellence in teaching award, Award for Humanism and Excellence in Professional Services for the Dept. of Internal Medicine and most recently was elected as a Master in the American College of Physicians, joining the company of just one other female Master in the state of Virginia.

She currently is working with the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians on wellness in physicians facilitating strategy for decreasing physician burnout in organizations across the country. She currently has a seat on the National ACP Informatics committee providing feedback to resolutions and policy regarding Electronic Medical Record issues and concerns.

Personally, Dr. Ellis’s husband is a dermatopathologist who practices in the Richmond community and they have two adult sons.  She is an avid archer, gardener, golfer and trained vocalist.