InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 fitness, nutrition and social supports. Tramuto has more than 35 years of healthcare experience and is the founder and former CEO and chairman of Physicians Interactive Holdings (now Aptus Health). Tramuto co-founded drug development services company Protocare (now Constella Health Strategies) and held executive positions with i3 and Caremark. He is also founder of nonprofit organization Health eVillages, which brings mobile health technology to medically underserved regions of the world. Tramuto is a past winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award and the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Embracing the Legacy Award.
U Jeffrey Upperman, MD Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt 2200 Children’s Way Nashville 37232 615.936.1057 childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org Upperman, a national leader in pediatric trauma and disaster preparedness, joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Nov. 1, 2019. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, completed his internship and residency at University Hospital in New Jersey, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Upperman, who has published more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, 200 abstracts and 20 book chapters, focuses on sepsis, inflammation, trauma and disaster preparedness, He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, he served as chief of Surgery during operation Iraqi Freedom 2 in 2004.
Mike Ussery President & COO National HealthCare Corp. 100 East Vine St. Murfreesboro 37130 615.890.2020 nhccare.com Ussery, who has served as COO since 2009, added president to his title at the beginning of 2017. Ussery joined NHC in 1980 as a facility administrator before moving into corporate leadership in increasingly responsible roles, including regional vice president and senior vice president of operations. He sits on the board of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and its foundation, as well as the board of the Christy Houston Foundation. He is a 2019 Council Fellow.
V Arthur Van Buren Shareholder-in-Charge, Healthcare Tax Practice LBMC 201 Franklin Road Brentwood 37027 615.309.2292 lbmc.com Van Buren brings more than 28 years of experience to his leadership of the firm’s healthcare tax practice. He has extensive experience in delivering
value-added tax services to clients in a wide range of other industries, including healthcare technology, business services, distribution and information technology. Van Buren has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; federal, state and local tax planning; and managing tax engagements to both public and private companies. His service to clients has included assisting several in their process of SEC registration and subsequent financial tax accounting and tax return filings.
Larry Van Horn, PhD Associate Professor of Management & Executive Director of Health Affairs Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Ave. S., #317 Nashville 37203 615.322.6046 owen.vanderbilt.edu A national expert and researcher on healthcare management and economics, Van Horn co-leads the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program with Senator Bill Frist, MD, in addition to his work with graduate students at Owen. A prolific researcher, Van Horn’s interests include nonprofit conduct, governance and objectives in healthcare markets and the measurement of healthcare outcomes and productivity. His research has appeared in leading academic publications from the Journal of Health Economics to the Harvard Business Review. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Rochester and a doctorate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Tama VanDecar, MD CMO TriStar Health 1000 Health Park Drive, Bldg. 3, Suite 500 Brentwood 37027 615.886.4900 tristarhealth.com VanDecar was named TriStar Health’s chief medical officer in June of 2017 and is responsible for physician administrative and operational oversight of approximately 2,600 physicians that provide patient care at 19 hospitals and related care areas serving communities in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Chattanooga, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Atlanta. Following a distinguished 20-year military career, VanDecar joined HCA Healthcare’s Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida, first as vice president of Medical Affairs and was named the hospital’s CMO a year later. VanDecar earned a bachelor’s degree from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. She continued her medical education in San Antonio, Texas, completing an internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, followed by an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center.
David Vandewater President & CEO Ardent Health Services One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 250 Nashville 37215 615.296.3000 ardenthealth.com Vandewater has more than three decade’s experience in healthcare management. He joined the company as chairman of Behavioral Health Corporation, Ardent’s predecessor, in early 2001.
Later that same year, he was appointed president and CEO and expanded the company’s focus to include acute care hospitals and health systems. Today, Ardent includes 31 hospitals across seven states with more than 25,000 employees. At the end of 2018, Ardent filed an IPO in advance of taking the company public. Previously, Vandewater served as president and COO of Columbia/HCA. He is a past chair and current board member of the Federation of American Hospitals.
Robert N. Vero, EdD Regional CEO, Tennessee Centerstone 1921 Ransom Place Nashville 37217 615.463.6600 centerstone.org Vero serves as the Centerstone regional CEO, Tennessee. He has worked in behavioral healthcare since 1976 and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychological Examiner. He has also worked as a psychological consultant to the Nebraska State Highway Patrol and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. In May 2018, he was named to the Community Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which will advise the mayor in setting priorities around behavioral health, mental illness and substance use issues. Vero is a two-time winner of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s Volunteer Leadership Award and has served three terms as the organization’s president. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s in counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Vero earned his doctorate in human development counseling from Vanderbilt.
Molly Vice Director of Leadership Health Care Nashville Health Care Council – Leadership Health Care 211 Commerce St., Suite 100 Nashville 37201 615.743.3151 leadershiphealthcare.com Vice is the director of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to develop the talents of emerging industry leaders through educational programs and networking opportunities. Vice joined the Council staff in 2014 and most recently served as director of events and sponsorship fulfillment. Previously, she was an event manager for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Vice was a member of the Young Leaders Council Class 68 and begun serving as a Young Leaders Board Intern for Alive Hospice at the beginning of 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
John Voigt Member Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison 150 Third Ave. S., Suite 1100 Nashville 37201 615.742.4200 srvhlaw.com Voigt heads the firm’s healthcare practice, spending the majority of his time representing providers and provider-owned and affiliated entities of all types from physician groups and hospitals to ambulatory centers and medical malpractice insurance companies. He has broad experience across a spectrum of legal issues ranging from regulatory compliance to hospital-physician integration to mergers and acquisitions. Voigt earned his law degree from Emory and his MBA from Wharton. He is a member Nashville Medical News 43
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