Honoring Health Care Pioneers & Legends

Centered in the nation’s health care capital–Nashville, Tennessee–the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have made a lasting impact on health care and the health care industry in the United States. Founded in 2015, the Hall of Fame postponed last year’s induction ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inductees for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 were announced in June 2021, and a ceremony to honor both classes is planned for October 19, 2021.

KEY DATES & DEADLINES

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Nominations for the 2021 Class open

MARCH 24, 2021

Nominations for the 2021 Class close

JUNE 2021

Inductees announced publicly

AUGUST 2021

Induction Ceremony and Luncheon tickets on-sale

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

Sponsor commitments due for Ceremony and Luncheon

OCTOBER 19, 2021

Induction Ceremony and Luncheon at Belmont University

CONTACT

Questions or requests for information about The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame should be directed to:

Matthew Seaton, Belmont University
615-460-6958
tnhealthcarehall@belmont.edu

MEET THE 2020 INDUCTEES

Monroe Dunaway “M.D.” Anderson

Monroe Dunaway “M.D.” Anderson

Monroe Dunaway "M.D." AndersonBorn in Jackson, Tennessee, Monroe Dunaway “M.D.” Anderson lived a life guided by basic principles: hard work, thrift, and personal charity for those in need. He began his career at People Savings Bank, and later became Treasurer,...

Governor Phil Bredesen

Governor Phil Bredesen

Governor Phil BredesenPhil Bredesen served as Mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999, and as Governor of Tennessee from 2003 to 2011.  When he was reelected in 2006, he became the first Governor in Tennessee history to win all 95 counties. Bredesen had significant...

Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D.

Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D.

Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D. Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards is a renowned researcher. After completing medical school, residency and fellowships, Dr. Edwards became one of two pediatric infectious disease researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1980 when she came...

Donald S. MacNaughton

Donald S. MacNaughton

Donald S. MacNaughtonA prodigious businessman, Don MacNaughton has led companies and boards throughout Tennessee and the country with dignity, compassion and success.  During WWII, MacNaughton served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific....

G. Scott Morris, M.D.

G. Scott Morris, M.D.

G. Scott Morris, M.D.A leader in community health outreach, Dr. G. Scott Morris founded the Church Health of Memphis in 1987, where he has served as CEO to this day. Established as a faith-based health clinic for the working uninsured, Church Health now cares for over...

MEET THE 2021 INDUCTEES

Tom Cigarran

Tom Cigarran

Tom CigarranTom Cigarran has a long and impressive career in the health care industry. After starting his career in New York in occupational health, in 1977 he joined Nashville’s Hospital Affiliates International in a senior management position. In 1981 he co-founded...

Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk

Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk

Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBuskIn 1973, DeBusk founded DeRoyal Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of hospital and outpatient medical products and devices.  Today, DeRoyal continues to be committed to improving the clinical quality and economic health of its...

William E. Evans, Pharm.D.

William E. Evans, Pharm.D.

William E. Evans, Pharm.D.Trained as a pharmacist, Evans has devoted his entire career to improving the medical outcomes of children at Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, via his research, mentoring and leadership. During his decade as CEO,...

James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.

James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.

James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D. Dr. Hildreth began his research on HIV and AIDS in 1986 and received NIH funding for almost two decades. He established the Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research Center at Meharry Medical College then went on to become president...

Robert Sanders, M.D.

Robert Sanders, M.D.

Robert Sanders, M.D. Throughout his notable career, Dr. Sanders was a tireless champion for the health and well-being of Tennesseans, particularly young children. He was known for consistently, effectively, compassionately, and articulately speaking up for all...