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Francis X.. Dennehy, M.D.

  • Category: Faculty & Staff
  • Position: Residency Director — Clinical Professor VCU/MCV


Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: Penn State/Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA
Fellowship: National Institute for Program Director Development
Certification: ABFP, FAAFP

Dr. Dennehy was raised mostly in metro Philadelphia, and got his yearning for rural and open spaces during his teen years living in Nevada. After medical school, he did his internship in Colorado. Then he spent four years in the Air Force as a “GP” medical officer - Emergency Physician, Flight Surgeon, and Primary Care Physician - with many adventures, many stories. He returned to Pennsylvania to complete residency. He practiced for almost a decade in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania, in a rural Community Health Center doing full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics. He then opened a small non-profit Christian health center. He was involved in overseas missions, doing medical work several times in poor areas of the Caribbean. He came to the residency in Virginia in 2003, to begin full-time teaching in Family Medicine. He became the Program Director about a year later. He has completed extra training as a Medical Consultant in Natural Family Planning (NaPro Technology) and the Program Directors’ Fellowship of the National Institute for Program Director Development (branch of AAFP). He continues full-spectrum Family Medicine, including hospital/ICU and Obstetrics. His presentations nationally and regionally have included medical uses of Natural Family Planning, the Hippocratic Oath, and workforce demographics.

In 2010, he was named the Family Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.

He lives with his wife, Kristin, and they are the parents of four grown children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom love living in Virginia. He is an avid reader, and enjoys running, hiking, biking, kayaking, and Church activities. Medically, he enjoys Sports Medicine, NFP, and Medical Ethics. He manages the Sports Medicine and Preventive Medicine curricula.