February 12, 2013

Message from Vice Chancellor Balser: Committee for the next School of Nursing Dean announced

I am pleased to announce a committee has been named to make recommendations to me and Chancellor Zeppos for the next Dean of Nursing at Vanderbilt University. This individual will be responsible for building upon the school’s rich heritage of more than 100 years of leadership in nursing education.

The School of Nursing plays an instrumental role at Vanderbilt, helping fulfill our mission to train the nation’s next generation of leaders in health care while also making significant contributions to our clinical and research endeavors.

As the value of a graduate nursing degree from Vanderbilt has increased significantly in recent years, the school has experienced explosive growth. Currently, nearly 1,000 students are pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees across a diverse array of nursing specialties while they ready themselves to play critical roles as our nation’s health care system goes through rapid transformation and growth.

Having served as a leader at Vanderbilt for more than 28 years, we celebrate the many extraordinary contributions of the school’s dean, Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., CNM, the Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing. Colleen and her senior leadership have set the school on a strong strategic path.

This appointment will come during a key transitional period in academic health care as the School of Nursing continues its upward trajectory. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 15th in the nation in the magazine’s Best Graduate Schools-Nursing rankings.

The search committee will be chaired by Robert Dittus, M.D., MPH, associate vice chancellor for Public Health and Health Care and senior associate dean for Population Health Sciences. Other committee members are: Leanne Boehm, School of Nursing Ph.D. candidate; William Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of Pediatrics; Marilyn Dubree, MSN., R.N., Executive Chief Nursing Officer; Thomas Elasy, M.D., MPH, Ann and Roscoe Robinson Chair and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health; Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S., Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics; Joan King, Ph.D., MSN, professor of Nursing; Melanie Lutenbacher, Ph.D., MSN, associate professor of Nursing; Morgan McDowell, School of Nursing Master’s candidate; Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D., Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society; Bonnie Miller, M.D., senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education; Lorraine Mion, Ph.D., MSN, Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing; Sandra Moutsios, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine; Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Paul Sternberg Jr., M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Adult Health Affairs and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Clare Thomson-Smith, J.D., MSN, assistant dean for Faculty Practice.

The search committee will be staffed for my office by David Raiford, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs. Building upon the momentum within the School of Nursing, as a partner and colleague the new dean will be vital to our ongoing work, throughout the institution and beyond its boundaries, to realize greater impact from our innovative national leadership in discovery, education and patient care.

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