Click on photos of the inductees below to learn more about the lasting contributions made by the inductees to health and health care in the Tennessee community.
- David Barton, M.D.
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
- Nancy-Ann DeParle
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.H.S.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
- Monroe Carell, Jr.
Former CEO of Central Parking Corporation
Namesake of The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
- John Henry Hale, M.D.
President of the Board of Directors of the Millie E. Hale Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Chief of Staff & Chair of the Department of Surgery at Meharry Medical College
- Millie E. Hale
Founded the Millie E. Hale Hospital
Millie E. Hale Hospital’s Head Administrator & Chief Nurse
- Carol Etherington
M.S.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.
- First nurse employed by the Davidson County Police Department: Chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Health
Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
- Lynn Massingale, M.D.
Founder, Former CEO and Current Chairman of TeamHealth
“Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians
- William Schaffner, M.D.
Former Chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Preventative Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine & Health Policy
Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
- Matthew Walker, Sr., M.D.
Founder of the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.
Former Meharry Medical College Chair of the Department of Surgery, Provost for External Affairs & Professor of Surgery & Gynecology
- Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D.
First female African American surgeon in the South
Longtime practitioner and professor
- William H. Frist, M.D.
First heart and lung transplant surgeon at Vanderbilt
Former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader
- Donald P. Pinkel, M.D.
First Director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Harry R. Jacobson, M.D.
Physician, entrepreneur and investor
Former CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Joel C. Gordon
47-year health care veteran
Introduced physician ownership/joint ventures as a business structure
- Stanford Moore, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize winning biochemist
Longtime scientist and researcher
- Jack Bovender, Jr.
Retired Chairman and CEO, Hospital Corporation of America
- Stanley Cohen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University
- Henry W. Foster, Jr. M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Professor Emeritus and Former Dean, Meharry Medical College
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University
- Frank S. Groner, LL.D.
President Emeritus, Baptist Memorial Hospital
- Paul E. Stanton, M.D.
President Emeritus, East Tennessee State University
Professor Emeritus of Surgery, East Tennessee State University
- Colleen Conway Welch, Ph.D., C.N.M., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.N.M.
Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Inaugural Class of Inductees – 2015
- Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D.
- Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D.
- Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D.
Physician, Pathologist, Professor
- Jack C. Massey
- R. Clayton McWhorter
Co-Founder, HealthTrust and Clayton Associates
- David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Former U.S. Surgeon General
- Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.
Pediatrician, Pathologist, Professor
- Danny Thomas
Founder, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital