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Chalapathy Venkatesan, MD, MS, FACP is Vice-Chair for Quality and General Medicine of the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Dr. Venkatesan has been a member of the Department of Medicine since 2004 when he joined as a hospitalist and site director for medicine residents. Dr. Venkatesan completed his medical education at Eastern Virginia Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha, 1999), residency and chief residency at Georgetown University Hospital (2004), and a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety from Northwestern University in 2016.