Woodall named Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Affairs directorSep. 30, 2021, 8:40 AM
by Kathy Whitney
Sarah Creekmore Woodall, a familiar face to many Vanderbilt University School of Medicine alumni from her long tenure in the Office of Medical Student Affairs, has assumed the position of director of Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Affairs.
Woodall was tapped to lead VMAA after Ann Price, MD, stepped down in July. Price has transitioned to a part-time role as a physician liaison with VMAA.
“Dr. Price has laid a solid foundation on which our relationship with our alumni is built. I am grateful for her many years of dedication to VMAA and look forward to her continued contribution,” said Donald Brady, MD, senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education.
Woodall began her career at Vanderbilt in 2004. From 2016 to 2021 she was administrative director in the School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Student Affairs where she provided oversight and strategy through program management, volunteer management, student progress and compliance and school operations. She also provided operational support to executive leadership for five mission-critical programs and 25 events, including orientation, White Coat ceremony, Match Day and Commencement.
She oversaw, prepared and managed the office’s annual budget and operation expenses and served as lead administrative and logistical support for more than 200 student leaders and 400 student events. From 2004-2016, she held positions in medical student affairs, alumni outreach and alumni relations, all at Vanderbilt. Woodall is immediate past president of the Junior League of Nashville and was a member of Leadership Nashville’s class of 2020.
“After working with so many years of VUSM students, I am thrilled to move into the Alumni Affairs role and foster that lifelong engagement that helps make a Vanderbilt education so special. I am so thankful to be able to work closely with Dr. Price in her new role, which will ensure a smooth and positive transition as we look toward the future of VMAA,” Woodall said.
“Sarah Woodall is the perfect person to assume directorship of Medical Alumni Affairs and the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association,” Brady added. “She is a VU graduate herself and has spent more than a decade leading the Office of Medical Student Affairs. Her passion for Vanderbilt, her familiarity of the School of Medicine, and her general enthusiasm for working with alumni made her an ideal choice.”