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New medical group joining Vanderbilt

BY: JESSICA PASLEY

3/09/2001 - In an effort to continue Vanderbilt’s commitment to community-based practices, the medical center will welcome six new physicians to Vanderbilt Internal Medicine.

The new group, a long-established group from Saint Thomas, will occupy specifically designed clinical space on the sixth floor of Medical Center East.

“This is a premiere internal medicine and medicine subspecialty practice that has been at Saint Thomas for decades,” said Dr. F. Andrew Gaffney, professor of Medicine and senior vice-chair for Clinical Services in the department of Medicine. “Their experience and reputation for providing superb, patient-focused medical care was highly sought after by several local hospitals and we are very pleased to have recruited them.

“Their decision to practice at Vanderbilt will help us meet the community demand for high quality internal medicine practice and introduce Vanderbilt’s wide range of quality services to their patients.”

Gaffney said one of the most frequently asked questions he receives from patients is how to locate a good doctor. All the physicians have long-standing relationships with Vanderbilt, but until now had cared for their patients at other Nashville hospitals.

When their new offices are completed in July, their practice will be exclusively at VUMC.

The practice includes six board-certified specialists:

•Dr. Craig Sussman, associate professor of Clinical Medicine. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Temple University School of Medicine. He specializes in internal medicine and endocrinology.

•Dr. Paul Barnett, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Medical School. He did his internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and University of California Medical Center, San Francisco and has been practicing in Nashville since 1965. His practice is in general internal medicine.

•Dr. Herman Kaplan, professor of Clinical Medicine, is a graduate of Southwestern College and Vanderbilt Medical School. He trained at Vanderbilt and Boston Veterans Administration Hospital. He specializes in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

•Dr. Robert Miller, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, is a graduate of Colorado College and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt. He specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

•Dr. Lee Parks, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, is a graduate of University of Mississippi and University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He subsequently completed his internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt and specializes in internal medicine and endocrinology.

•Dr. Jan Price, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, recently completed her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was also selected for an additional year of experience as chief resident in Ambulatory Medicine at Vanderbilt.

These new physicians will join 37 other internists who are engaged in full-time clinical practice at VUMC. The total number of full-time faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine increases to 58 with their arrival.

The Division of General Internal Medicine is organized into six areas: primary care, medicine/pediatrics, occupational and environmental medicine, geriatric medicine, health services research, and epidemiology.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with such a talented group of internists,” said Dr. Robert S. Dittus, Joe and Morris Werthan Professor of Investigative Medicine and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. “The opportunity to join such an outstanding group of internists strengthens Vanderbilt’s capacity to deliver outstanding primary care.”

Until the group moves into its new 12,000-square-foot office, they will be seeing patients as Vanderbilt faculty members at their current West End office location.

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