December 18, 1998

Leadership changes ’98

Leadership changes '98

Several changes to the structure of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's leadership team were announced during the year:

o Dr. Raymond F. Burk, professor of Medicine, was named director of the newly formed Vanderbilt Center for Molecular and Clinical Nutrition. Burk has served as director of VUMC's Division of Gastroenterology since 1987.

o Dr. Raymond N. DuBois Jr., Mina Cobb Wallace Professor in Gastroenterology and Cancer Prevention, was named director of the Division of Gastroenterology, succeeding Burk.

o Marsha N. Casey assumed the position of executive director and chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital. Casey had been senior vice president and chief operating officer. In her new role, Casey is responsible for all aspects of the hospital's operation and financial performance.

o G. Roger Chalkley, professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, was named senior associate dean for Education in the Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine. In this newly created position, Chalkley will oversee the school's biomedical sciences-related education programs.

o Alan D. Cherrington, Ph.D., Charles H. Best Professor of Diabetes Research, was named chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Cherrington has for the past 14 years served as vice chair of the department. He succeeded Dr. Daryl K. Granner, Joe C. Davis Professor of Biomedical Sciences, who stepped down to focus full-time on directing and growing the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.

o Robert Feldman was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Development and Executive Director of Medical Center Development. Feldman formerly served as director of external relations at the Yale University School of Medicine and director of development at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

o Dr. James K. Geraughty accepted the full-time position of President of Vanderbilt Health Plans. He is responsible for Vanderbilt's health maintenance organizations ‹ VHP Community Cares, Health 1*2*3, and Health 1*2*3 Platinum.

o Dr. Dennis Hallahan joined the Vanderbilt faculty as professor and chair of Radiation Oncology. Hallahan came to VUMC from the University of Chicago, where he most recently served as associate professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.

o Lee E. Limbird, Ph.D., professor and chair of Pharmacology, was named associate vice chancellor for Research. In her new position, Limbird will work to promote VUMC's research mission, both internally and externally.

o Dr. Harold L. Moses, chair of Cell Biology, Benjamin F. Byrd Professor of Clinical Oncology, director of the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and director of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories of the T.J. Martell Foundation, stepped down as chair of Cell Biology to focus more of his attention and energy on the VCC and his own research. Lynn M. Matrisian, Ph.D., professor of Cell Biology and vice chair of the department since 1993, will lead the department as interim chair during a national search for a successor.

o Dr. Eric G. Neilson was named Hugh J. Morgan Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department. Neilson, formerly C. Mahlon Kline Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, succeeded Dr. John A. Oates Jr., who stepped down last year as chair of Medicine after 13 years at the helm.

o Dr. James D. Snell Jr., professor of Medicine, was appointed as the medical center's Corporate Compliance Officer. This new office is charged with the responsibility of assisting all VUMC departments in remaining compliant with government regulations.

o Roxane N. Spitzer, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Nursing, was named Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group. She provides support and oversight of VMG's off-campus practice sites.

o Norman B. Urmy, formerly executive director of Vanderbilt University Hospital, assumed the newly created position of Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs. Urmy's new responsibilities include the oversight of VUH, Vanderbilt Health Services, the office of Space and Facilities Planning, the Vanderbilt Community Network, and hospital network development and strategic planning.