April 28, 2011

Kaiser Named Vanderbilt Health System Chief of Staff

Allen Kaiser, M.D., professor and vice chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, chief of staff for Vanderbilt University Hospital and associate chief medical officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named chief of staff for the Vanderbilt Health System.

In this position, Kaiser will have clinical administrative responsibility across VUMC's hospitals and clinics. He will report to C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. He will begin a process transitioning away from his role as vice chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, a position he has held since 1988.

“Having worked with Allen for many years, I am completely confident in his ability to assume leadership for a broader base of responsibilities as our hospitals and clinics continue to experience significant growth,” said Pinson. “His service as chief of staff for VUH, as interim chair of the Department of Medicine and in other roles in which he has served, has been stellar. I look forward to working closely with him.”

In this role, Kaiser will be responsible for providing clinical and programmatic leadership, ensuring the delivery of high quality clinical care. In addition to his current responsibilities as VUH chief of staff, Kaiser will assist in developing and implementing clinical operating policies and procedures, practice and productivity standards and day-to-day operations across VUMC's hospital practice, including quality of care and quality assurance. This includes helping to manage resource allocation, internal communications, external relations with payers and accrediting agencies, identification of personnel needs and collaborative recruitment of physicians and staff.

“Allen's many years of leadership within the Department of Medicine and his experience gained while helping lead our medical staff has prepared him well for this opportunity,” said Jeff Balser, M.D. Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “As we continue to progress across all areas of our enterprise, I am pleased Allen will be working with our entire clinical leadership team to further ensure the excellence of our academic and clinical programs.”

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