Inductees

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.

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...

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...

2019 INDUCTEES

David Barton, M.D.

David Barton, M.D.

DAVID BARTON, M.D.Dr. David Barton earned a B.S. from The University of Alabama and an M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital and a residency in psychiatry at Tulane and its affiliated hospitals. He...

Mary Bufwack, Ph.D.

Mary Bufwack, Ph.D.

Mary Bufwack, Ph.D.Dedicated to expanding the availability of affordable, high-quality primary health care services, Dr. Mary Bufwack’s creative leadership can be seen across the state of Tennessee and beyond. After finding her way to Nashville in 1982, Dr. Bufwack...

Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle

NANCY-ANN DEPARLENancy-Ann DeParle’s decades-long career in the health care industry has spanned all corners of Tennessee, two White House administrations, the boards of countless health care companies, many nonprofits and more. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts...

Lloyd C. Elam, M.D.

Lloyd C. Elam, M.D.

Lloyd C. Elam, M.D.Dr. Lloyd Charles Elam, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was an impactful member of the Nashville community where he lived for over 47 years. A graduate of Roosevelt University and the first African American to graduate from the University of...

John M. Flexner, M.D.

John M. Flexner, M.D.

John M. Flexner, M.D.After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, Dr. John M. Flexner earned an A.B. from Yale University and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship and residency at Vanderbilt and Yale and his fellowship training in hematology...

Richard L. (Dick) Miller, F.A.I.A., E.D.A.C.

Richard L. (Dick) Miller, F.A.I.A., E.D.A.C.

Richard L. (Dick) Miller, F.A.I.A., E.D.A.C. Richard (Dick) Miller earned a bachelor of architecture degree with honors from the University of Kansas in 1966. Shortly after graduating from college, Miller moved to Nashville and has remained an integral part of the...

Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P, F.A.C.M.I

Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P, F.A.C.M.I

Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P, F.A.C.M.IRecognized as one of the nation’s most influential health leaders, Dr. Jonathan Perlin has provided visionary direction for the Veterans Health Administration and HCA Healthcare, improving care for millions...

2018 INDUCTEES

Monroe Carell, Jr.

Monroe Carell, Jr.

MONROE CARELL, JR.Born and raised in Nashville, Monroe Carell, Jr. served in the United States Navy before attending Vanderbilt University. In 1959, he graduated cum laude with an electrical engineering degree and began his business career, which culminated in his...

Carol Etherington, M.S.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.

Carol Etherington, M.S.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.

CAROL ETHERINGTON, M.S.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.After growing up in the midst of a multi-generational family anchored in neighborhoods filled with history and diversity, Carol Etherington earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Catherine Spalding College in Louisville...

John Henry Hale, M.D. & Millie E. Hale

John Henry Hale, M.D. & Millie E. Hale

JOHN HENRY HALE, M.D. & MILLIE E. HALEDr. John Henry Hale graduated from Walden University and MeHarry Medical College while Mille E. Hale, his wife, was a graduate of Fisk’s Normal School and the Graduate School for Nurses in New York City. When Mrs. Hale...

Lynn Massingale, M.D.

Lynn Massingale, M.D.

LYNN MASSINGALE, M.D.After earning his Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Lynn Massingale completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of...

William Schaffner, M.D.

William Schaffner, M.D.

William Schaffner, M.D.After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completing his residency, Dr. William Schaffner was invited to join the Vanderbilt faculty, ultimately becoming a professor and chairing the Department of Preventive...

Matthew Walker, Sr., M.D.

Matthew Walker, Sr., M.D.

Matthew Walker, Sr., M.D.One of the most prominent African American doctors in the United States in the 20th century, Dr. Matthew Walker began his medical profession with residencies at Hubbard Hospital of Meharry Medical College and Freedman Hospital of Howard...

2017 INDUCTEES

Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D.

Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D.

Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D.Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1919, Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown spent her youth at a New York orphanage. After graduating at the top of her class, Dr. Brown attended Bennett College before coming to Nashville to attend Meharry Medical...

William H. Frist, M.D.

William H. Frist, M.D.

William H. Frist, M.D.A Nashville native, Dr. William H. Frist graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy, Princeton University and Harvard Medical School before completing his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Soon after, Dr....

Donald P. Pinkel, M.D.

Donald P. Pinkel, M.D.

Donald P. Pinkel, M.D.Born in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Donald Pinkel joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was sent to Cornell University as a pre-med student officer candidate before graduating from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1951. While there, he...

Harry R. Jacobson

Harry R. Jacobson

Harry R. Jacobson, M.D.At the age of four, Dr. Harry Jacobson’s family immigrated to the United States from Germany. After growing up in Chicago and completing medical school at the University of Illinois, Dr. Jacobson trained in medicine at Johns Hopkins and in...

Joel C. Gordon

Joel C. Gordon

Joel C. GordonJoel C. Gordon graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in business management in June of 1951. After spending three years as an officer in the United States Air Force stationed in Europe, Gordon began his business career in Tennessee in...

Stanford Moore, Ph.D.

Stanford Moore, Ph.D.

Stanford Moore, Ph.D.Dr. Stanford Moore was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1913 and went on to attend and graduate from Nashville’s Peabody Demonstration School, now the University School of Nashville, and Vanderbilt University, where he earned summa cum laude honors...

2016 INDUCTEES

Jack Bovender, Jr.

Jack Bovender, Jr.

Jack Bovender, Jr.A 40-year veteran of the health care industry, Jack O. Bovender, Jr. began his hospitaladministrative career in 1969 as a lieutenant in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Later, Mr. Bovender...

Stanley Cohen, Ph.D.

Stanley Cohen, Ph.D.

Stanley Cohen, Ph.D.Dr. Stanley Cohen served as Professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University for 41 years where he was responsible for the mentorship and education of many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and fellow faculty members. Dr. Cohen received his...

Henry W. Foster, Jr. M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Henry W. Foster, Jr. M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Henry W. Foster, Jr. M.D., F.A.C.O.G.An Arkansas native, Dr. Henry Foster graduated valedictorian of his high school class, earned a BS from Morehouse College in Atlanta and received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1958 where he was the only African...

Frank S. Groner, LL.D.

Frank S. Groner, LL.D.

Frank S. Groner, LL.D.Born in Texas, Dr. Frank Groner graduated from Baylor University in 1934 and began a legendary 46-year career as a health care executive beginning as the CEO of Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then assumed the leadership...

Paul E. Stanton, M.D.

Paul E. Stanton, M.D.

Paul E. Stanton, M.D.Dr. David Barton earned a B.S. from The University of Alabama and an M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital and a residency in psychiatry at Tulane and its affiliated hospitals. He...

Colleen Conway Welch, Ph.D., C.N.M., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.N.M.

Colleen Conway Welch, Ph.D., C.N.M., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.N.M.

Colleen Conway Welch, Ph.D., C.N.M., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.N.M.Born in Iowa, Colleen Conway Welch attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and received her BSN in 1965. She went on to receive her MSN from the Catholic University of America and her nurse midwifery...

INAUGURAL CLASS OF INDUCTEES – 2015

Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D.

Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D.

Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D.A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. attended the University of Mississippi, where he started a transportation company that eventually employed 17 other students, the first evidence of his entrepreneurial spirit. But...

Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D.

Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D.

Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D.A Nashville native, Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Frist, Jr. is a graduate of Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University. An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Frist created a collegiate advertising company and earned his pilot license while...

Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D.

Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D.

Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D.Born in 1886 near Clarksville, Ernest Goodpasture was a Tennessee native and 1907 graduate of Vanderbilt University. After obtaining his B.A., Dr. Goodpasture attended Johns Hopkins Medical School and served as a faculty member at Johns...

Jack C. Massey

Jack C. Massey

Jack C. MasseyBeginning his career as a pharmacist and small business owner, Jack C. Massey was born in Georgia, attended college in Florida and eventually relocated to Tennessee to build a career steeped in health care, business and investment. After selling his...

R. Clayton McWhorter

R. Clayton McWhorter

R. Clayton McWhorterCreating a career as both a health care clinician and businessman, R. Clayton McWhorter began making an impact on the health care industry as a pharmacist after obtaining his B.S. in pharmacy from Samford University. Upon noticing the expansion of...

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.Known across Nashville and beyond as a dedicated physician and scientist, Dr. David Satcher has devoted his career to advocating for the health and safety of all Americans by tackling issues not previously addressed nationally including...

Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.

Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.

Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.The mother of modern neonatology, Dr. Mildred Stahlman is a native Tennessean and long-time Vanderbilt student, educator, researcher and physician. Graduating from Ward-Belmont College for Women, she matriculated to Vanderbilt University in...

Danny Thomas

Danny Thomas

Danny ThomasA radio, film and television entertainer and producer, Danny Thomas was born in Michigan in 1912 after his parents immigrated to America from Lebanon. Thomas began his career working in radio and eventually branched out to film and television. As a...