Physician Profile – Dr. Bailey

VCU Health’s medical staff at Baird Vascular Institute reflects fresh thinking about a collaborative approach to vascular care. VCU Health Medical Center’s Division of Vascular Surgery and Department of Radiology joined forces to create Central Virginia’s only academically based vascular center. We’ve brought together leading interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons to provide the Greater Richmond and Central Virginia region with the best in vascular diagnosis and treatment. Together, they offer area patients and referring physicians a level of medical expertise, experience and knowledge usually found only in a major academic medical center, as well as the most advanced technologies and facilities to support their work – all in a convenient outpatient setting.

Occasionally, we like to highlight some of our physicians on a more personal level. We recently sat down with Dr. Christopher Bailey.

Christopher Willam Bailey

Dr. Christopher Bailey

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Port Charlotte, Florida, a small sleepy fishing town on the Gulf coast.

Would you say you’re a city person or a country person? I’m a hybrid of both. I grew up in a small town, but have done much of my schooling in large metropolitan areas. Both areas have benefits.

What do you enjoy in your spare time? Spending time with my wife, hiking with my 2 dogs, sporting events, crossword puzzles, and golf.

Tell us about your family. My wife and I are inseparable. We enjoy being in each other’s company and have been doing so since 2003-ish.

What’s your favorite television show and why? Don’t have one. I do enjoy watching classic black and white films on TCM – a different time period with so much change in between then and now.

What’s your favorite sports team? Depends on the time of year. Tampa Bay Buc’s, West Virginia Mountaineers, Boston Celtics

What’s your favorite book? A Clockwork Orange

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are 3 things you’d want to have with you? Ability to create fire, writing device, and Banyan trees

What’s one thing patients would be surprised to know about you? I’m an osteopathic physician (D.O). Many patients I encounter are unaware and ask me what that means.

What do you like most about working at Baird Vascular Institute at VCU Health? BVI is a relaxed atmosphere with great support staff.

6 Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

baird-healthy-resolutionsWhen dealing with a cancer diagnosis, the celebration of a new year may feel a bit bittersweet. Your health concerns have taken precedence over many areas of your life and you may feel a bit apprehensive about the New Year. Many of your friends and family will make resolutions to get healthy or lose weight. There’s no reason you can’t make some health-related resolutions of your own – even while going through cancer treatment. Here are some healthy ideas that you might not have thought of that help improve your overall health and well-being.

Practice Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a common buzzword floating around many online sites these days. What is mindfulness, and what does it do? By the textbook definition, mindfulness sounds a great deal like meditation, a technique used for centuries to clear the mind, de-stress the body and improve focus and concentration. But mindfulness takes meditation a step further and asks the practitioner to incorporate mindfulness throughout the day, rather than mediate for a few moments at the beginning or ending of each day. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present, where you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance – without judging them good or bad. Anyone can practice mindfulness. It takes no special equipment, training or locations. All it takes is a willingness to learn and turn inward to acknowledge feelings and the present day. Many websites feature detailed ideas on how to get started, or ask a healthcare practitioner for direction. By practicing this technique, it allows the mind to better cope with the day-to-day stresses, anxiety and negativity that creeps into the day.

Stay hydrated. Drink a full 8-ounce (or larger) glass of water each time medication is taken. If you have to take pills in the morning, at lunch, at dinner and at bedtime, that’s 32 ounces of water each day. If larger volumes of water seem difficult, try keeping bottled water handy at several locations throughout the house, and try to sip from them whenever you can. Incorporate high water-content foods into your diet. Foods like cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, spinach, cantaloupe and strawberries are not only good for you – but are also more than 90% water. Try alternative sources of fluids like popsicles, milkshakes, sports drinks or smoothies. Increase the amount of fluid you take in if you’re outside in hot weather or exercising. If you’re sweating, you’re reducing the amount of water in your body, so it needs to be replenished.

Exercise your mind. Maintaining good health not only includes diet and exercise and our physical presence, but also good mental health and memory strength as well. Without stimulation, the brain is just like our muscles, it loses strength and ability if it is not challenged on a regular basis. However, research has shown that the brain needs to be challenged, not just stimulated, in order to retain memory and clarity over time. Crossword puzzles, for example, may be your go-to brain exercise, but if you breeze right through them, it may be time for something that challenges your brain in a different way, like painting or Sudoku.

See the world. With the holidays soon over many are thinking ahead to vacation travel to beaches, or the mountains, or destinations beyond with family and friends. If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, it’s no different; you need time to recharge from the day-to-day stresses of life, and especially your medical condition. When undergoing cancer treatment, there are a few extra precautions and considerations for the traveler, but that shouldn’t stop you from traveling or enjoying a vacation away from home. Careful planning can ensure you have a great – yet safe – experience.

Get some sun – safely. After being cooped up during the winter, many are looking forward to spending more time outdoors exercising or taking care of upcoming spring yard work. Whether spending the day outside, or just taking care of a few chores, it’s important to always protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Depending on your skin tone, even just a few minutes can cause damage to your skin.

Incorporate superfoods. While no single food will protect you from disease, there are many foods that have disease-fighting properties that can be grown easily in your home garden. Some foods actually increase your risk of cancer, but some, such as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale; Lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes and tomato based products and leafy, green vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards and chard, all support a healthy body and strengthen your immune system.





Familiar faces set patients at ease

Patients at VCU Baird Vascular Institute (BVI) appreciate the convenient location, hassle-free parking and easy appointment service. However, the most important thing is seeing the caring, professional and familiar faces of the BVI staff.

When patients come in, they not only receive VCU’s world-class medical vascular services in the convenient near West End neighborhood location. Patients also see people they know; staff members who have worked with them at previous appointments so they feel more at ease.

“We run a very tight-knit team here,” said Megan Quinn, manager of BVI. “If patients come to visit more than once, they will see the same people from the front desk staff to the nurses and technologists.”

When patients arrive, the friendly front desk staff will greet them. New and returning patients can utilize BVI services such as:

• Port Placement for Cancer Treatment

• Dialysis Access Management

• Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment

• Vascular Ultrasound

• Cosmetic Vein Procedures

Then, in the treatment and lab area, nurses and technologists who are familiar with the patients will talk about their care plan, their medical history, answer any questions and go over next steps. This can be reassuring to patients who are experiencing any anxiety about their situation.

“When patients come back to BVI they will see people who know their story, their history and can walk them through the process,” said Quinn.

Located just off Interstate 195 at 205 N. Hamilton Street, VCU Baird is the convenient, friendly, familiar place for non-emergency vascular needs. To find out more, please call (804) 828-2600 or email