InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 and financials. Schultz, who earned her degree at Vanderbilt University, is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Richard C. Shelton, MD CEO Centerstone Research Institute 44 Vantage Way, Suite 400 Nashville 37228 615.463.6610 centerstone.org As CEO of Centerstone Research Institute, Shelton oversees the not-for-profit healthcare organization’s work to advance behavioral healthcare outcomes through science, research and technology. A veteran researcher and educator, Shelton served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center for nearly three decades. He was the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and vice chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry, as well as a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pharmacology. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as a professor, vice chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. Nationally recognized for his work, Shelton’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for depression and bipolar disorder, along with prevention of serious mental illness and identification of biomarkers of both disease and treatment response. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville.
Divya Shroff, MD CMO TriStar Centennial Medical Center 2300 Patterson St. Nashville 37203 615.342.1000 tristarcentennial.com Shroff joined TriStar Centennial Medical Center as chief medical officer in December 2013. In this role, Shroff is responsible for overseeing medical affairs and providing strategic leadership to TriStar Centennial’s more than 1,500 physicians. She plays a significant role in improving quality and patient outcomes in partnership with the physicians, as well as being instrumental in policy development, and support and implementation of national and facility-specific quality initiatives including medical oversight of the renal transplant program. Shroff is board certified in internal medicine. Prior to joining TriStar Centennial, she served as the chief clinical transformation officer and vice president in the clinical services group for HCA. Shroff is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Rhonda Sides Principal – Healthcare Services Crosslin The Astoria 3803 Bedford Ave., Suite 103 Nashville 37215 615.320.5500 crosslinpc.com Sides is principal for healthcare services, forensic/ valuation and litigation support services for Crosslin. For more than two decades, she has specialized in business valuation, financial fraud and forensics, and physician practice management issues including compliance, compensation, practice valuations, and financial feasibility issues. A CPA, Sides has co-authored three books, contributed articles to numerous publications, and is often called upon to lecture nationally. A past president of the Tennessee Healthcare Executives Association, she also is active in a number of state and national professional associations. nashvillemedicalnews.com
Sides is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and has been recognized by area publications for her expertise, including twice being named a “Health Care Hero.”
Rob Simmons CEO Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance ONEC1TY 8 City Blvd. Nashville 37209 615.695.7736 toa.com Simmons was named CEO of Tennessee’s largest orthopaedic surgery group in June 2018. Previously, he served as chief operating officer at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis. Simmons earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He succeeds Steve Wade, TOA’s longtime CEO who retired last year.
Lynn Simon, MD President of Clinical Operations & CMO Community Health Systems 4000 Meridian Blvd. Franklin 37067 615.465.7000 chs.net Simon has leadership responsibilities for clinical services, quality and safety, nursing, and case management. She oversees medical staff relations, physician practice management, clinical integration initiatives and medical informatics. Before joining CHS in 2010, Simon was a practicing neurologist in Louisville, Ky. and served as vice president of Medical Affairs at Jewish Hospital and senior vice president and CMO of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree and was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” for the past three years. Simon also serves on the board for Kindred Healthcare.
Amber Sims Chief Strategy Officer Ascension Saint Thomas Health 102 Woodmont Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37205 615.284.7847 sthealth.com Sims, who was named to her current role in 2015, began her career at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (then Baptist) as an administrative resident. She progressed to the director’s level in two key areas focused on development and clinical support before being named division director of Business Operations for Saint Thomas Health in 2007. The following year, she assumed the role of chief operating officer for Saint Thomas Physician Services and was responsible for operational oversight and strategic integration of all medical practices within the organization. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree.
Saurabh Sinha Co-founder & CEO emids Technologies 318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 110 Franklin 37067 615.332.7701 emids.com As co-founder and CEO of the healthcare IT company, Sinha has led emids to several awards including recognition in BusinessTN’s “Hot 100” and the Nashville Chamber’s “Future 50.”
He focuses on the company’s global delivery capabilities with an emphasis on service. Prior to the company’s founding in 2000, he was with Wipro Technologies. He is a board member of Abe’s Garden and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Sinha is a past “Entrepreneur of the Year” honoree by the Nashville Chamber and Entrepreneur Center. He is a 2015 Council Fellow and serves on the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Chapman Sledge, MD CMO Cumberland Heights 8283 River Road Pike Nashville 37209 615.352.1757 cumberlandheights.org Sledge has served as chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights since 2009. That same year, he was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). in 2015, ABAM awarded Sledge with the title of Distinguished Fellow, and he now serves on the organization’s credentialing committee. Sledge is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. In addition to his work at Cumberland Heights, he also serves as an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
Brad Smith Co-founder & CEO Aspire Health 333 Commerce St., Suite 700 Nashville 37201 615.454.9850 aspirehealthcare.com Now in 25 states, Aspire Health is a palliative care company that is building a network of palliative care physician practices employing a range of providers to care for patients facing an advanced illness and complex medical decisions. Smith previously served as chief-of-staff at the Tennessee Department of Economic Development and before that as founding executive director of Tennessee SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education). Smith, who co-founded Aspire in 2013 with Sen. Bill Frist, MD, is a Harvard graduate and received a M.Phil from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Dee Anna Smith CEO Sarah Cannon 1100 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Suite 800 Nashville 37203 615.329.7274 sarahcannon.com Appointed CEO in 2006, Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and vision for Sarah Cannon, HCA’s global cancer institute with cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs, which provide access to world-class cancer care across the U.S. and U.K. Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005 in an executive capacity, she previously was founder and CEO of Summit Research Solutions. Smith received her accounting degree from Pepperdine University and has been recognized for her healthcare contributions. She is a past Nashville Medical News “Women to Watch” honoree, a 2013 “Health Care Hero,” and recipient of Lipscomb University’s 2013 “Heroes in Business Award.” Smith serves on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents and the board of the Nashville Health Care Council.
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