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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Gina Pruitt Member-in-Charge KraftCPAs 555 Great Circle Road Nashville 37228 615.782.4207 kraftcpas.com Pruitt is the member-in-charge with KraftCPAs’ risk assurance and advisory services (RAAS) team where she oversees a variety of IT audit, consulting and risk management services. She has more than 30 years of experience with considerable time spent providing services in the healthcare industry. Previously with a Big Four firm, Pruitt served as the national healthcare industry partner for enterprise risk services (ERS) and was southeast regional director for internal audit services. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Leadership Health Care, and multiple other professional organizations. Pruitt is also a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.

R David Raiford, MD Chief of Clinical Staff Vanderbilt Health System 1161 21st Ave. S., D-3300 MCN Nashville 37232 615.875.8721 mc.vanderbilt.edu Raiford took over as chief of clinical staff in July 2014. In this role, he is responsible for patient and physician advocacy, as well as operations of the inpatient medical practices at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Raiford joined Vanderbilt in 1991 to help found and lead an interdisciplinary program in liver disease and continues to maintain a clinical practice in hepatology. He is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. 

W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD Deputy Director for Research Integration & Director, Division of Hematology and Oncology Vanderbilt-Ingram  Cancer Center 2220 Pierce Ave., 777 Preston Research Building Nashville 37232 615.875.9731 vicc.org A leading figure in the field of cancer research specializing in the area of kidney cancers, Rathmell is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, serving as vice president and as a former editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. She is the recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research Innovator Award for her discoveries in kidney cancer and the prestigious 2019 Eugene P. Schonfeld Award, the first woman to receive this honor. Rathmell has led or contributed to nearly every project of The Cancer Genome Atlas, a national effort to create a comprehensive molecular and genomic map of cancer. Rathmell is also a clinician who is internationally sought for her opinion on complex cases of kidney cancers. She has been named to the list of Best Doctors in the U.S. every year since 2009 and is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.


Cynthia Reisz Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.6283 bassberry.com A member of the firm’s Healthcare and Corporate Practice Groups and former chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Reisz represents hospitals, ancillary service providers, provider networks and practice management companies in a variety of specialties such as joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other contractual arrangements, as well as regulatory and operational matters including fraud and abuse analyses, physician self-referral, fee splitting issues, and value-based payment structures. Reisz is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She has served on the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 2013 and has served in leadership roles for the organization for nearly 20 years. In 2019 she was selected as president-elect of AHLA. Reisz is also a member of the American Bar Association’s sections on business law and health law and is a former board member of the Nashville Health Care Council. Nationally recognized for her industry acumen and over 30 years of experience, she has written and lectured nationally on current healthcare matters. Reisz received both her undergraduate and law degrees with honors from Vanderbilt University.

Karen Rhea, MD, FAPA CMO, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org As CMO for Centerstone’s Tennessee region, Rhea oversees medical services and ensures that psychiatric services are effectively integrated within the organization’s service lines throughout Middle Tennessee. Her specific interest is in providing treatment in a manner that considers the interface of the patient’s physical and mental health issues. She has also been a longtime facilitator of the VanderbiltCenterstone collaboration around teaching, research and clinical care. Rhea, a triple-boarded physician, received her medical degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by internship and residency in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt. Rhea is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.

Clay Richards CEO naviHealth 210 Westwood Place, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.577.1900 navihealth.us Partnering with health plans and health systems, naviHealth uses data-driven analysis of post-acute care (PAC) services to determine appropriate setting, improve outcomes and quality, and achieve savings while helping plan members navigate the PAC experience. Richards, who has been with the company since its January 2012 founding, has led the company through exponential growth, serving clients nationwide. Previously, he held several leadership roles at Healthways including senior vice president and general counsel. Before joining Healthways, Richards practiced law at Bass, Berry & Sims. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi and serves on several community boards.

Brian Roark Member Bass, Berry & Sims PLC 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800 Nashville 37201 615.742.7753 bassberry.com As head of the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, Roark concentrates his practice on representing healthcare clients in responding to governmental investigations and defending False Claim Act lawsuits. He has successfully litigated and resolved numerous healthcare fraud matters involving hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices, home health companies, drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers, and other healthcare providers. Roark also represents clients in connection with Medicare audits and overpayment disputes. He is an adjunct professor for Vanderbilt Law School where he teaches a course on healthcare fraud and abuse.

Gabe Roberts Director Division of TennCare 310 Great Circle Road Nashville 37243 615.507.6444 tn.gov/tenncare Gabe Roberts is the Deputy Commissioner and Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In his current role, Roberts manages a $12 billion healthcare enterprise that provides services to 1.4 million Tennesseans. Before becoming director, Roberts served as the deputy director and chief operating officer of TennCare. He also previously served as general counsel. During his tenure at TennCare, Roberts has been instrumental in the design and implementation of many of the agency’s initiatives including the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative, the Employment and Community First CHOICES program, and the agency’s strategy to combat the opioid epidemic in Tennessee. Before joining TennCare, he practiced law at Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison where his focus was corporate and business law.

Michelle Robertson COO & CNO Ascension Saint Thomas 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284-7847 sthealth.com Robertson was named chief operating officer in 2017, overseeing operations for Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health system. In 2019, she accepted a dual role as the system chief operating and chief nursing officer. An Ascension associate for 29 years, her experience includes serving as chief executive officer of Seton Family of Hospitals and chief operating officer of Ascension Texas. Robertson earned her nursing degree from the University of Arizona and her MBA from the University of Colorado. An active volunteer, she sits on the board of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and the American Heart Association.

Todd Robinson, FAIA President & Principal ESa 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.9445 esarch.com Robinson joined ESa as a project architect in 1981 and was named president of the large design firm in 2017 after taking on increasing leadership roles.

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Nashville Medical News 2020 InCharge Healthcare  

the leaders who keep Music City’s $92 billion industry humming along

Nashville Medical News 2020 InCharge Healthcare  

the leaders who keep Music City’s $92 billion industry humming along