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Gaudet set to deliver Elam Memorial Lecture Oct. 26

Oct. 13, 2022, 8:49 AM

Tracy Gaudet, MD

by Bill Snyder

Tracy Gaudet, MD, who is nationally known for her contributions to the development of personalized, patient-centered health care, will deliver the third annual Dr. Roy O. Elam Memorial Lecture Oct. 26 at noon in 214 Light Hall.

Gaudet is the former founding executive director of the National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and former executive director of the Whole Health Institute in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her lecture is titled “Transforming Health Care to Whole Health: Why, What and How.”

Lunch will be provided to the first 160 attendees.

Sponsored by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research, the lecture is named for the late Dr. Elam, founding medical director of the Osher Center.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Gaudet was the first executive director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, and she served as executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, before she joined the VHA in 2011.

There she helped transform the delivery of veterans’ health services into “whole health,” which the VHA describes as “an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and live their life to the fullest.”

For more information, contact Osher Center Administrative Director Susan Carter at

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