January 23, 2009

Rehm named to lead new Division of Hospital Medicine

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Kris Rehm, M.D.

Rehm named to lead new Division of Hospital Medicine

Kris Rehm, M.D., has been named the first director of the newly created Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Hospital medicine is the specialized practice of the general medical care of hospitalized patients.

Rehm, who previously served as a hospitalist at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, will lead the efforts of the five other pediatric hospitalists.

“The division's activities are a natural outgrowth of our current hospitalist program and will include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to hospital care,” said Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital.

“Kris is an energetic, bright and highly capable pediatric leader and I am most confident she will bring our new program to national recognition.”

Hospitalists often work in concert with a patient's pediatrician and others involved with the care of a hospitalized patient.

Often these patients are hospitalized far from their home, but some local pediatricians also rely on hospitalists to provide the primary care for their hospitalized patients.

Hospitalists do not compete with the practices of community physicians, but provide medical supervision and communication in consultation with the patient's primary care physician.

“I look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with physicians who care for children in Middle Tennessee as the director of the Division of Hospital Medicine,” Rehm said. “I feel fortunate to be the first leader of this new division."

Before joining Vanderbilt as an assistant professor of General Pediatrics in 2005, Rehm was a staff physician at Old Harding Pediatrics.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Ohio in Athens, and earned her medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago.

She completed a residency at The Boston Combined Residency Program, where she was chief resident.