University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Bio for Virginia Hood, M.D.
Virginia Hood, M.D.

Virginia Hood, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Contact Information
Office Location:
Nephrology Unit, Rehab 2, UHC, Mailstop 443RE2, 1 South Prospect St, Burlington, VT 05401


Methodist Ladies College, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia 1963
M.B.B.S. Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia 1970
M.P.H. Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, 1993

Academic Interests

Blood pressure control in patients with chronic kidney disease
Systems approach to management of chronic kidney disease


Acute and chronic kidney disease
Fluid, electrolyte and acid base disorders
Kidney stones

Academic Appointments

1993-present, Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont

Awards and Honors

Frymoyer Scholar, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2003


Hood VL and Tannen RL.  Mechanisms of disease:  Protection of acid-base balance by pH regulation of acid production.  New Eng J Med 339:819-826, 1998.

Harvey-Berino J, Wellman A, Hood V, Rourke J, Secker-Walker R.  Preventing obesity in American Indian children: When to begin.  J Amer Dietetic Assoc 100:564-566, 2000.

Hood VL.  Lactic Acidosis, In: Acid-Base Disorders and their Treatment, eds, FJ Gennari, HJ Adrogue,  JH Galla, NE Madius, Taylor and Francis Group, pp 351-382, 2005.

Hood VL. Can a physician refuse to help a patient? American perspective. Polish Archives of Internal Medicine, 118: 368-371, 2008

Mitnick S, Leffler C, Hood VL. Family Caregivers, Patients and Physicians: Ethical Guidance to Optimize Relationships. J Gen Intern Med 25(3):255–60, 2010

Committee Appointments

Member, Vermont Office of Health Access (Medicaid) Drug Utilization Review Board, 1999-2010
Chair, FAHC Residents Research and Scholarly Activity Committee 1995-present

Professional Societies

American College of Physicians
   Governor, ACP-ASIM Vermont Chapter, 1999-2003
   Chair, ACP Ethics and Human Rights Committee, 2008-2010, 
     Member 2003-2008
   Chair, ACP International Council, 2008-2009, 
     Member 2006-2010
   Member, ACP Board of Regents, 2005-2012
   President ACP, 2011-2012