December 15, 2022

Year in Review: Additions, appointments bolster VUMC’s missions

New leadership appointments during the past year helped strengthen Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s core missions.


Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, was named director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.

Aliyu is professor of Health Policy and Medicine at Vanderbilt and professor of Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College.


Donald Brady, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was appointed to an expanded oversight role of Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for VUSM.


Travis Capers was named to the newly created role of President of Vanderbilt Regional Community Hospitals, where he oversees performance and continued growth of the community-based hospitals within Vanderbilt Health.


The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences named Katie Davis, DO, section chief of Breast Imaging. She oversees all day-to-day and clinical operations of the section.


Jennifer DeBruler, MD, was named Vice President, Patient Access Services, Adult Ambulatory Operations. She came to VUMC from Advocate Aurora Health in Downers Grove, Illinois, where she served as Vice President of Access.


David Erasmus, MBChB, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, joined VUMC as medical director of the Vanderbilt Lung Transplant Program.


Whitney Hall, MBA, was named associate operating officer for Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital. Previously, Hall was senior director of Hospital Operations for Vanderbilt University Hospital.


Jim Hayman, MS, MBA, Senior Vice President and chief pharmacy officer, was named to the newly created role of Executive Vice President for the Shared Clinical Services Division. The new division includes administrative and organizational alignment of VUMC’s pharmacy, laboratory and sterile processing services.


Sara Horst, MD, MPH, associate professor of Medicine, was named the new medical director for Telehealth Ambulatory Services for VUMC.


Patrick Hu, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology, was named assistant dean for Physician-Researcher Training and director of the Office for Medical Student Research.


Crystal Jackson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, was named senior director of Nursing Education & Professional Development. Jackson is also director of Clinical Education & Professional Development for Vanderbilt Adult Ambulatory Clinics.


Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medicine and executive medical director of the Trauma Patient Care Center, was named a Vice President for Business Development for VUMC.

In this role Jahangir is responsible for business development goals and objectives that are aligned with institutional strategy.


Vanderbilt University named John Kuriyan, PhD, one of the world’s leading structural biologists, dean of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences.

Kuriyan, Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, will succeed Lawrence Marnett, PhD, the founding dean of Basic Sciences.


Victor Legner, MD, was named to the new role of associate vice chair for Network Services for the Department of Medicine.

Legner, an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, previously served as the founding executive medical director of the Primary Care Patient Care Center at VUMC, which was established in 2020.


Kathryn Lindley, MD, was named director of the Women’s Heart Center, part of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. The center provides multidisciplinary care for women’s cardiovascular health across the lifespan, from adolescent through geriatric populations.


Bob Mangeot was promoted to Vice President and chief compliance officer at VUMC, having served in the role on an interim basis since December 2021. He now leads the Office of Compliance and Corporate Integrity, whose mission is to ensure and promote the highest standards of business ethics.


Saeed Mohammad, MD, MS, was named director of the Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In this new role, Mohammad will work to grow Vanderbilt’s pediatric transplant services.

Mohammad joined Vanderbilt from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine, was named director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).

Park has served in this role since July, when he succeeded longtime VICC director Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, was named VUMC’s Chief Scientific and Strategy Officer (CSSO).

As CSSO, Pietenpol leads the organization’s scientific, technological and research strategy and operations.


Sumit Pruthi, MD, MBBS, professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, was named chief of Pediatric Radiology and medical director of Diagnostic Imaging at Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


Heidi Schaefer, MD, was named medical director of VUMC’s Adult Solid Organ Transplant Center. Schaefer, professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, is a national leader in transplantation and education.


John Scott, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, was named executive medical director of VUMC’s Primary Care Patient Care Center.


Wesley Self, MD, MPH, Vice President for Clinical Research Networks & Strategy, was named co-principal investigator of Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award.

In January 2023, Self will be promoted to VUMC Senior Vice President for Clinical Research. In July 2023, he also will be appointed Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research director and principal investigator for Vanderbilt’s CTSA.


David Vinson was named Senior Vice President for Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

Vinson joined VUMC as Diagnostic Laboratory Services is undertaking a major relocation and expansion project that will relocate most of VUMC’s clinical and anatomic pathology to an off-campus facility and renovate the main lab’s existing location on the fourth floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic.


Chris Wilde, MBA, CPA, executive vice president and enterprise chief financial officer for Atrium Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, was named Vice President & Divisional Chief Financial Officer for VUH and Adult Ambulatory Operations.