Founder and first Board President of Alive Hospice
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Adjunct professor of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College
Practitioner of Psychiatry
Mary Bufwack, Ph.D.
Former Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Health
President of the Tennessee Primary Care Association
Past Director of the National Association of Community Health Centers and Chair of Health Care for the Homeless Committee
Former Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to President Barack Obama
Led the development and successful passage of the Affordable Care Act
Partner of Consonance Capital Partners
Lloyd C. Elam, M.D.
Former President and Chancellor of Meharry Medical College
Former Chair of Meharry’s Department of Psychiatry and Dean of Meharry’s Medical School
Founder of the Inpatient Psychiatry Program and the Residency Program at Meharry
John M. Flexner, M.D.
Founder and former Board President of Alive Hospice
Professor of Hematology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Longtime researcher in immunological classifications and lymphomas
Richard L. (Dick) Miller, F.A.I.A., E.D.A.C.
Chairman and CEO at ESa
52 year veteran of health care design industry
Co-authored three editions of the book Hospital and Healthcare Facility Design
Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.H.A., M.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.I
President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at HCA Healthcare
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University
Adjunct Professor of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health care industry, The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders that have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals.
The Hall has been created by Belmont University and The McWhorter Society and is supported by the Nashville Health Care Council, a Hall of Fame Founding Partner.
Nominees can be practitioners, executives, entrepreneurs, mentors, teachers, scientists, researchers, innovators or any person with a connection to the health or health care field.
Nominations are accepted annually beginning in January, with inductees announced each May. The induction ceremony is traditionally held every October but due Belmont University hosting the 2020 Presidential Debate, the ceremony will take place later in the year, date TBD. A limited number of individuals will be inducted each year.
Key Dates & Deadlines
Induction Ceremony and Luncheon individual tickets on sale
Induction Ceremony and Luncheon sponsorship deadline
Individual ticket deadline
Induction Ceremony and Luncheon at Belmont University
Questions or requests for information about The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame should be directed to: