About the Chancellor

Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH
Chancellor for Health Sciences, West Virginia University

Dr. Colenda has served as the Chancellor for Health Sciences at West Virginia University since November, 2009. In January, 2014, he will become President and CEO of West Virginia United Health System.

At the national level, Dr. Colenda is the immediate past Chair of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) and is the current Vice Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served on the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and served on the Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee for the Defense Health Board for the US Department of Defense.  He is currently a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Colenda is an accomplished geriatric health services and clinical investigator. Notable past recognitions include the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Psychiatric Association’s Jack Weinberg Award in Geriatric Psychiatry, Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and the Alumni Star of the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Virginia.  He is a member of AOA and Sigma Xi Honorary Societies.

He earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University, and his M.P.H. degree in Health Services Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Colenda completed training in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospitals and at Emory University where he served as Chief Resident and Fellow. His training in preventive medicine and public health was at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hygiene.

Before coming to West Virginia University, he served as the Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of the College of Medicine of Texas A&M Health Science Center and Vice President for Clinical Affairs.  He is dean emeritus from Texas A&M.

He has held previous academic and administrative appointments at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University.