January 30, 2017

Letter from Jeff Balser, President and CEO of VUMC, about Presidential Executive Order on immigration policies

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D

Jan. 30, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

A recent Presidential Executive Order regarding immigration policies and laws may have implications for families, friends and colleagues. It is important that those in the VUMC community who are nationals of one of the seven countries mentioned be aware of the Executive Order.

If you or family members are nationals of one these countries and are planning to travel outside of the United States, or are currently outside of the United States, you may wish to seek the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer before traveling. 

Please know that the Graduate Medical Education (GME), School of Medicine and Human Resources (HR) offices are working together to provide this information to those who are directly impacted.

If you are impacted, you may reach out to the GME office, Dean of Students office, or the Immigration Office within HR, during business hours.  In addition, Work-Life Connections/EAP is available, should a counselor be beneficial to you. 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center welcomes individuals of all nationalities while our culture supports a firm commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our community and our patients derive significant benefits from the contributions and perspectives of a true multinational workforce. We embrace diversity in all forms and value its importance to our tripartite mission.  

 As we work to better understand the impact of changes to immigration policies, please know that these Medical Center resources are here to support you, your family members and colleagues. 


Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D.

President and CEO, VUMC

Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine