Keynote Speaker

Dr. Danny TK Avula
Dr. Danny TK Avula

Danny Avula, M.D., M.P.H is the Director of the Richmond City Health Department. He is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, and in addition to his role as a public health practitioner, he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended medical school at the VCU School of Medicine, and completed residencies at VCU and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a Master’s in Public Health. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.

Dr. Avula was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the State Board of Social Services in 2013, and currently serves as Chairman. He also serves on a number of community boards including The Greater Richmond YMCA, Communities in Schools of Greater Richmond, Sports Backers, and he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.

At home, Danny loves to spend time with his wife and four kids, and he is deeply committed to community development efforts in the Church Hill neighborhood, where he has lived for the past thirteen years. He has been recognized by Style Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 40 under 40,” by OurHealth Magazine as one of Richmond’s “Top 15 Health Care Leaders under 40” for his commitment to improving Richmond’s health, and he has been named to Richmond Magazine’s “Top Docs” list for the past five years. His work has also been featured nationally by the CDC, MSNBC, Christianity Today, and on the TED circuit with his 2014 TEDxRVA talk entitled “Dependence isn’t a Dirty Word”.