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Rehm named associate chief medical officer for Children’s Services

Dec. 3, 2020, 9:49 AM


by Christina Echegaray

Kris Rehm, MD, MMHC, professor of Clinical Pediatrics and vice chair in the Department of Pediatrics, has been appointed associate chief medical officer for Children’s Services for the Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

Kris Rehm, MD, MMHC

In this role, Rehm, who will serve as one of five associate chief medical officers for VMG, will work in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Regional Administration. She will work to develop programs supporting children’s health, provide leadership for quality initiatives and develop community relations with other medical providers and facilities.

“I am excited for Kris to take on this added role representing the Children’s enterprise. Her knowledge of our Children’s Hospital operations, departmental perspective and longstanding relationship with our community pediatricians make this a logical extension of her current leadership in both the hospital and department,” said Meg Rush, MD, MMHC, President of Children’s Hospital. “I look forward to working with her as we continue to build the Children’s enterprise network of pediatric health care in conjunction with new and existing VUMC initiatives.

Rehm will report to Rush and Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and will also have a reporting relationship with Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, chief medical officer for VMG.

“Kris has done an outstanding job in her outreach role and in working with leadership across the hospital and the department to bring world-class pediatric health care closer to where children and families live,” said Webber, pediatrician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital and James C. Overall Professor. “She is a proven leader and well-suited to continue building upon our existing pediatric health services and initiatives in our communities.”

Rehm received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio University in Athens and earned her medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed a residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program, where she was chief resident.

Before joining Vanderbilt as an assistant professor of General Pediatrics in 2005, she was a staff physician at Old Harding Pediatrics.

In 2009, after serving as a hospitalist at Children’s Hospital, she became the first director of the Division of Hospital Medicine for the Department of Pediatrics. In 2018, Rehm took on the role of vice chair of Outreach for the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics. She earned a Master of Management in Health Care at Vanderbilt University in 2019.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be named associate chief medical officer for Children’s Services for the Vanderbilt Medical Group,” Rehm said.

“I am truly so passionate about bringing our services for children closer to their homes, and this role will allow me to continue to do this.”

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