Sentara Physician Carol Shapiro Receives Award from Prince William Chamber of Commerce

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Carol Shapiro, MD, MBA, FACS, physician and director of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center, was honored with the 2024 Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23 during the chamber’s annual awards banquet.

The award, named in memory of longtime state Senator Charles J. Colgan, celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions throughout their lives in service to the business community in Prince William County.

With more than 50 years of service in Prince William County, Dr. Shapiro was an original member of the medical staff at Potomac Hospital, now known as Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC). She went on to become the first elected female president of the hospital’s medical staff as well as president at Prince William Hospital.

Dr. Shapiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon who established her practice in Woodbridge and Manassas in 1972 following her training at Georgetown University. Recognizing the opportunity to build a practice in a community that had previously lacked necessary medical services, Dr. Shapiro played an integral role in the development of the health care community in Prince William County that today is the second most populous county in Virginia.

As director of the outpatient Wound Healing Center at SNVMC, she championed the introduction of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) services in eastern Prince William County five years ago. Regarding the value of HBOT, Dr. Shapiro said, “This therapy is not well known for wound care. Most folks think about it for athletes. We are using it successfully for complications of radiation therapy for cancer, diabetic foot ulcers, and skin-flaps for cancer surgery that have compromised blood supply. I anticipate that in the future there will be many more approved diagnoses for which HBOT will be ‘the answer.’”

“In her long, distinguished career Dr. Shapiro dedicated herself not only to patients, but also to her colleagues and the organizations with whom she is affiliated. Throughout her career, she has always worked to raise the bar in the delivery of high-quality care and excellence among the team,” said SNVMC President Jeff Joyner.

Dr. Shapiro was integral in establishing the gang tattoo removal clinic in Prince William County, generously donating her time and expertise. Her commitment to her profession has included leadership roles with the Prince William Medical Society, the Medical Society of Virginia – where she served as the first woman president – and the American Medical Association, serving as chair of the Virginia delegation from 2007 to 2016.

SNVMC Chief Nurse Executive Christy Grabus said, “Dr. Shapiro has played an important role in our organization from our early years as an independent community hospital. As an original member of the medical staff, Dr. Shapiro helped to shape the Prince William County medical community and to steer the organizations to best serve our community.”

Learn more about Sentara Wound Healing Services.

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