Tech & Health

December 20, 2018

Additions, appointments strengthen Medical Center

Zeena M. Abdulahad, joined VUMC on Sept. 1 as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. She is responsible for creating a multi-year development plan that will help fund the Medical Center’s strategic priorities.


Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery as an associate professor and the surgical director of a new respiratory institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that will be launched soon.

Bacchetta brings years of varied experience to the institute, from engineering and business to medical ethics and transplant surgery. He came to Vanderbilt from Columbia University Medical Center.


Jeanette Bauchat, MD, MS, was appointed chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology. She came to VUMC from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she served for two years as the section chief for Obstetric Anesthesiology.


Donald Brady, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development, and VUMC’s Senior Vice President for Educational Affairs, was named Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Executive Vice-President for Educational Affairs at VUMC.

He succeeds Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, who decided to retire from her leadership positions effective July 1, 2019.


Stuart Dill, VUMC’s director of the Office of Engagement, was named Sr. VP, Medical Center Engagement with an expanded leadership role, including oversight of VUMC’s Strategic Marketing Department. Dill’s role is to build a more cohesive and streamlined approach to VUMC’s overall institutional marketing objectives.


Digna Velez Edwards, PhD, was named director of Women’s Health Research, succeeding longtime director and founder, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, associate dean of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Lisa Griffin, MBA, CCCM, joined VUMC as Vice President of Patient Access Services. In this new role, Griffin will develop and execute strategies to achieve improvements in service delivery and patient access.


Sarah Hagovsky was elevated to Chief Information Officer in VUMC Information Technology. She oversees numerous IT product and service portfolios for the Medical Center, including infrastructure and operations and business development.


Alp Ikizler, MD, succeeded Raymond Harris, MD, as director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Harris continues to direct the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease, the Vanderbilt O’Brien Mouse Kidney Physiology and Disease Center and a strategic alliance with Bayer to accelerate development of innovative approaches for treating kidney disease.


Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MSCI, MMHC, chief of Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant and director of the Outpatient Stem Cell Clinic, was named chief medical officer for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He succeeded Michael Neuss, MD, who will maintain a clinical practice at VUMC, where he will continue to care for patients with cancer, especially those diagnosed with lung cancer.


Growth and expansion led to the creation of the new roles of co-chiefs of staff for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (VUAH) and Clinics.

Shubhada Jagasia, MD, MMHC, professor of Medicine, assumed the role of chief of staff for VUAH and Clinics. Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, will continue to serve as department chair and assumed the new role of chief of staff (VUAH) for Perioperative and Critical Care Service.


Seth Karp, MD, H. William Scott Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, was named chair of VUMC’s Section of Surgical Sciences.

He succeeded R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, who assumed the new role of Vice President for Cancer Center Network Affairs.


David “D.J.” Kennedy, MD, clinical associate professor and residency program director in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Stanford University’s Department of Orthopaedics, was named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at VUMC.


Jared McKinney, MD, was named director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within the Department of Emergency Medicine. In the role, he oversees the medical care of the Nashville Fire Department and Nashville EMS, the Nashville International Airport, the region’s 911 Dispatch Center, Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Vanderbilt LifeFlight Event Medicine and Metro Nashville’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

McKinney is furthering the academic mission of the division under the leadership of Corey Slovis, MD, professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, who precedes him in this role and remains medical director for the Nashville Fire Department, Nashville International Airport and the 911 Center.


Thomas Nantais, MBA, was named VUMC’s Executive Vice President for Adult Ambulatory Operations.

Previously, Nantais was with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for 35 years.


Bobby Otten was named senior director of Space and Facilities Planning. Otten will oversee ongoing construction projects at VUMC, planning of new construction and renovation of existing Medical Center space.


Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, was named co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program, director of Precision Oncology and associate director for Translational Research at VICC.


Neal Patel, MD, MPH, professor of Clinical Pediatrics, associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and VUMC’s chief health information officer, was named to lead VUMC HealthIT beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

He succeeds Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), in the role. Johnson will continue to serve as DBMI chair.


Brian Rothman, MD, associate professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics and Surgery and medical director for Perioperative Informatics, was named to the newly created position of Medical Director for VUMC Revenue Cycle.

In this role, Rothman provides medical leadership for the Revenue Cycle by facilitating clinician interactions with the Revenue Cycle team in the Department of Finance to ensure patient-centered practices and the effective and efficient delivery of patients’ financial care.


Matthew Scanlan, JD, joined VUMC as the Medical Center’s first senior director of Government and Community Relations.

Scanlan, in collaboration with Alex Currie, VUMC’s director of Federal Relations, provides institutional guidance across the legislative continuum.


Kelly Schlendorf, MD, MHS, assistant professor of Medicine, was named medical director of VUMC’s Adult Heart Transplant Program.


Kevin Warren was named senior director of Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS). He succeeded Bob Wheaton, who retired in June.

Warren is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of VEHS technical programs. He previously served as the department’s director of chemical and radiation safety and assisted with the development and implementation of the hazardous waste program.