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Bauchat to direct Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology

Feb. 1, 2018, 8:54 AM

by Jenelle Grewel

Jeanette Bauchat, MD, MS, has been appointed chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology.

Jeanette Bauchat, MD, MS

Bauchat comes to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she served for two years as the section chief for Obstetric Anesthesiology.

Bauchat was recruited as the culmination of a national search led by Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, and David Chestnut, MD, the outgoing chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology.

“David and I had set a strategic goal of positioning the division to be able to recruit a nationally recognized leader in obstetric anesthesiology,” Sandberg said. “Dr. Bauchat led a great division at Northwestern and we are fortunate to have recruited her here.”

Nationally, Bauchat is secretary of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology and was a key contributor to development of guidelines defining centers of excellence in obstetric anesthesiology.

Bauchat said her goal as chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology is to look at the entire spectrum of women’s health.

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with our Obstetrics and Gynecology Department so we can work together toward common goals in women’s health,” she said.

Bauchat said VUMC’s culture of collaboration is especially attractive.

“In every realm, they have resources to help people work together whether they want to make a system more efficient, improve resident education or bring a research idea to fruition,” she said.

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