October 3, 2008

New leaders for Center for Professional Health

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New leaders for Center for Professional Health

Founded in 1997, Vanderbilt's Center for Professional Health is a resource for physician wellness, providing education, prevention and research.

The founding director, Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D., stepped down this summer after 45 years of service at Vanderbilt.

William Swiggart, M.S., L.P.C., who joined the center as training director in 1998, was named co-director in July.

An assistant of Medicine with the School of Medicine, Swiggart also maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist.

He is a member of the board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health, and a past president of Nashville's Psychotherapy Institute. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Charlene Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., assumed co-directorship of the center on July 1. She also chairs the Faculty and Physician Wellness Committee. Dewey joined the faculty in 2007 as an associate professor with joint appointments in Medicine and Medical Education and Administration.

Before joining Vanderbilt, she was a clinic director and award-winning teacher at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dewey is a 1990 graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her residency in social internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her master's degree in medical education is from the University of Houston.