September 29, 2011

Message from the Vice Chancellor: Search Committee for Department of Pediatrics Chair Announced

A Message from the Vice Chancellor

I am pleased to announce a committee has been named to conduct a national search for the new chair of the Department of Pediatrics. This individual will be charged with building upon the department's outstanding history of success and innovation.

The Department of Pediatrics is central to all our missions—discovery, education and patient care. Identifying a dynamic leader will bring significant impact not only to Vanderbilt, but also to the greater community.

This search represents a vital time in our institution’s history. Our programs in the Department of Pediatrics remain on an upward trajectory, experiencing strategic programmatic growth. The department is third in the U.S. in National Institutes of Health peer-review funding. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked a maximum of 10 out of 10 specialties at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best, a reflection of outstanding progress in Pediatrics and many other School of Medicine and VUMC Departments that partner in bringing excellence to our children’s mission.

The search committee will be chaired by Nancy Brown, M.D., chair of the Department of Medicine. Other committee members are: R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., John Brock III, M.D., Andre Churchwell, M.D., Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Luke Gregory, F.A.C.H.E., Jonathan Haines, Ph.D., Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D., Susan Hernandez, M.B.A., R.N., Kevin Johnson, M.D., Howard Jones III, M.D., Robert Mallard, M.D., Linda Norman, D.S.N., R.N., Scott Rodgers, M.D., and Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D.

Building upon a platform of outstanding momentum within the department, the mission of the chair will be to play a central role in the Medical Center’s leadership, representing not only the department, but also to serve as a partner and colleague throughout the institution and the community as we work together to realize our goals in discovery, education and health care.

The search committee will be staffed by David Raiford, M.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and will do its work in partnership with a national executive search firm.

I have great confidence in the wisdom this distinguished group will bring to this important task.

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine