InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 in education administration from Tennessee State University. Starling is the immediate past chair of the national Mental Health America Board.
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD CMO Vanderbilt Medical Group Chief Patient Experience Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2311 Pierce Ave., Suite 1209 Nashville 37232 615.936.1453 mc.vanderbilt.edu A renowned retina specialist, the board-certified ophthalmologist maintains an active academic and research program in addition to his clinical practice. Along with leading the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Sternberg extends his expertise to broader patient populations through his role as CMO. In 2014, chief patient experience officer was added to his list of duties. Sternberg earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his medical degree from the University of Chicago followed by residency at Johns Hopkins and a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Duke.
Riley Sweat Managing Director & Co-Head of Health Care Raymond James & Associates 1033 Demonbreun St., Suite 505 Nashville 37203 615.645.6775 raymondjames.com Sweat joined Raymond James in 2001. From 1989 until 2001, he served as managing director and head of healthcare investment banking for SunTrust Equitable Securities. Prior to that, he spent five years working for First Union Bank, where he was involved primarily in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and an MBA in accounting and finance from Vanderbilt University.
T Fahad Tahir, FACHE CEO Saint Thomas Midtown & West Hospitals 4200 Harding Road Nashville 37205 615.222.2111 sthealth.com In late 2017, Tahir was appointed to the top leadership post of Saint Thomas Health’s flagship hospitals In Nashville. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, which enjoyed unprecedented growth under his leadership. Tahir, who has been with Ascension Health since 2003, is known for his ability to build partnerships with both physicians and payers. Prior to moving to Nashville, he held leadership roles at health systems in Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Tahir earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He also sits on the Nashville Health Care Council Board and is a 2019 Council Fellow.
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Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN Dean Belmont University Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing 1900 Belmont Blvd. Inman Building 301 Nashville 37212 615.460.6781 belmont.edu/healthsciences Taylor joined Belmont as dean of the Health Sciences College in February 2012 after serving as assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration and as a consultant to China’s Ministry of Health where she contributed to the re-design of China’s rural healthcare delivery system. Earlier, she served as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and as director of the MeharryVanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program. Her research interests include preventing long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences, discovery of best practices for preparing the next generation of healthcare providers and healthcare policy. Taylor holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2014 Council Fellow, immediate past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association and was recently appointed by Governor Lee to serve on the Tennessee Chronic Disease Prevention task force.
Jerry Taylor Partner Burr & Forman, LLP 222 Second Ave. S., Suite 2000 Nashville 37201 615.724.3247 burr.com A veteran healthcare attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the area of regulatory compliance, Taylor joined Burr & Forman’s Health Care Practice Group in January 2015. In addition to helping clients navigate the certificate of need and regulatory approvals process, Taylor also has significant experience in professional and facility licensing, and Medicare and TennCare reimbursement. Earlier in his career, he served as an assistant state attorney general and as general counsel to the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission earlier in his career. Taylor sits on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center and is a past member of the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors.
Pam Tenpenny CEO Life Credit Union 2010 Church St., Suite 204 Nashville 37203 615.230.5433 lifecu.org Tenpenny has led Life Credit Union, which is a financial cooperative that is solely dedicated to serving those who work in and for the healthcare community, for three decades. She is an active member of the Healthcare Credit Union Association and also serves on the Elder Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee with the Tennessee Credit Union League. Tenpenny earned her degree from Lipscomb University.
R. Jason Thurman, MD, FAAEM CMO TriStar Skyline Medical Center 3441 Dickerson Pike Nashville 37207 615.769.2000 tristarskyline.com Thurman, who serves as chief medical officer for TriStar Skyline, previously served in a variety of leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including with quality and safety, the emergency medicine residency program, and stroke. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed by residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and is a certified professional in patient safety.
Alex Tolbert Founder & CEO Bernard Health 618 Church St., Suite 310 Nashville 37219 615.528.3399 bernardhealth.com Tolbert founded Bernard Health in 2006 driven by a desire to improve the U.S. healthcare system. Today, the fast-growing benefits business has 75 team members and a presence in seven states. BerniePortal, the web-based HR platform built by brokers for brokers, was launched out of Bernard Health in 2008. From 2006 to 2010, Tolbert worked primarily as a group health insurance broker. Starting in 2011, his primary duties became related to the ongoing development of BerniePortal. He earned degrees in finance and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School followed by a law degree from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. Tolbert has also passed all three levels of the CFA designation and is fluent in Spanish.
Corina Tracy Executive VP & COO Compassus 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 400 Brentwood 37027 615.224.8028 compassus.com Since 2003, Tracy has held a number of leadership positions within the company, including director of clinical services, executive director, regional director of operations, senior vice president of clinical services, and now chief operating officer. Tracy serves on the Regulatory Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is a member of Leadership Health Care, and is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Donato Tramuto CEO Tivity Health 701 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin 37067 800.869.5311 tivityhealth.com A member of the Tivity Health (formerly Healthways) board since 2013, Tramuto was named chairman the following year. In November 2015, he stepped into his current chief executive role to lead daily operations of the international population health improvement company. In late 2018, the company announced its intention to acquire weight management product provider Nutrisystem to offer a fully integrated suite of
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