Dr. Danny Avula is the Deputy Director of the Richmond City Health Department. He is a board certified pediatrician and preventive medicine physician. 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.
At home, Dr. Avula 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 eleven 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 has been named to Richmond Magazine’s “Top Docs” list for the past three years. His work has also been featured nationally by the CDC, MSNBC, Christianity Today, and now on the TED circuit with his 2014 TEDxRVA talk entitled “Dependence isn’t a Dirty Word”.