The nurse practitioner works under the direction of and in collaboration with the attending and resident physicians to help care for patients in terms of assessment, treatment, and follow up/evaluation on an inpatient and outpatient basis. This allows for better continuity of care to lead to improved outcomes and understanding of patient needs.
Tonna McCutcheon, MSN, RN, CGRN, ACNP
Address: D-5248 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232-2543
Phone: (615) 343-4612
Leah Parrish, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
Address: S-4424 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232-2543
Phone: (615) 322-1589
Tonna McCutcheon joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an acute care nurse practitioner for the colorectal service in August of 2006. Prior to this position, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and History from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1990 and returned to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1994. Ms. McCutcheon worked as an RN in the Ambulatory Care Center of Memorial Hospital of Union County for six years with experience in general surgery, gastroenterology, dermatology, cardiology, ENT, and infusion of chemotherapy. In 2000, she began work at Central Ohio Endoscopy, Inc in Columbus, Ohio and obtained a certification in gastroenterology nursing from the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Ms. McCutcheon obtained a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2006. She has published articles in “Gastroenterology Nursing,” is active in helping support The Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America, and began a benign anal rectal clinic as part of the colorectal service in August 2010.
“Statement on Nursing: A Personal Perspective” (2004). Gastroenterology Nursing. Volume 27 (5).
“Comparison of Quality of Life of Persons Who Have Experienced Amputations and Persons Who Have Had Bowel Resections” (2005). Gastroenterology Nursing. Volume28 (3).
“Superior Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis After Bowel Resection n Patient’s With Inflammatory Bowel Disease” (2009). Gastroenterology Nursing. Volume 32 (2).
“Anal Condyloma Acuminatum” (2009). Volume 32 (5).
Leah Parrish is an Advanced Practice Nurse with a nursing background in spinal cord injury, peri-operative, and critical care nursing. Ms. Parrish completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003. Since moving from Charlotte in 2005, she has worked in several positions as a RN at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She most recently received her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from Vanderbilt University in August 2010 and joined the Colon and Rectal Surgery team.