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Course Directors


Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, Biomedical Informatics & Health Policy
Director, Education Research – Office of Health Sciences Education
Director, Program for LGBTI Health
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research Division

Dr. Ehrenfeld received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. After his residency, Dr. Ehrenfeld received a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ehrenfeld’s research and policy interests include biomedical informatics and the application of information technology to increase patient safety in the operating room environment. His research has been funded by NIH, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. His work has led to the presentation of more than 70 abstracts at national/international meetings and the publication of dozens of manuscripts in high-impact journals. He has co-authored ten clinical textbooks.


    Jennifer K. Green, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
    Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, VUMC

    Dr. Green received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. During residency she served as chief resident and then completed a Quality Scholars fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Green is a master teacher, and has received recognition from both her colleagues and her students for consistently serving as a model educator.


      Heather A. Ridinger, M.D., F.A.C.P.

      Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

      Dr. Ridinger received her medical degree from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, after which she completed her Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Ridinger served as the first Chief Resident of Quality and Patient Safety at the Nashville VA and joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2013. Clinically she is a practicing internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and is located at 100 Oaks Internal Medicine. Since 2013, Dr. Ridinger has served as one of the co-course directors for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Foundations of Healthcare Delivery (FHD) course where she has developed and implemented the health systems sciences curriculum at Vanderbilt. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her career interests are in designing and assessing curriculum, teaching health systems sciences, and student assessment.

        Block Directors: Advanced Communications


        James W. Pichert, Ph.D.

        Co-Founder, Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy
        Professor, Medical Education and Administration

        Dr. Pichert is an educational psychologist with longstanding research experience on promoting health professionals' patient-related interactions. His work over the past 15 years has focused on identifying metrics and methods that address preventable malpractice claims risk and transforming those metrics and methods into both local risk management initiatives and nationally-benchmarked profiles. Along with Dr. Hickson and others, Dr. Pichert developed the PARS program for training peer messenger physicians to use profiled patient complaint data during interventions on high-risk colleagues.


          Lynn E. Webb, Ph.D.

          Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, School of Medicine
          Assistant Professor, Medical Education and Administration

          Dr. Webb serves on the faculty of Vanderbilt's Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy and leads the Centers Coworker Observation Reporting System and medical student Professionalism in Learning program. He coordinates the teaching of communication skills in the medical school curriculum and provides individual coaching to practicing physicians who want to improve their communication skills with patients and colleagues., Dr. Webb came to Vanderbilt in 1993 as chief operating officer for the Vanderbilt Medical Group., He has served as chief executive officer of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and chief of staff to the Dean of the School of Medicine., He holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and higher education from Southern Illinois University and masters in business administration from the University of Illinois.

            Block Directors: Interprofessional Education


            Anna M. Burgner, M.D.

            Clinical Instructor of Medicine
            Associate Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

            Dr. Burgner received her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2003 and completed her internal medicine residency in 2010 and nephrology fellowship in 2013 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, before joining the faculty. She had a strong interest in improving medical education and is currently enrolled in a program through Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland to receive her Masters of Education in the Health Professions with an anticipated completion date of 2015. Other areas of interest are in the area of kidney disease during pregnancy, fibromuscular dysplasia, and glomerular diseases and she is actively participating as a co-investigator in the Clinical Trials Center of the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt on the NIH sponsored, multi-center Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).


              Anna Richmond, D.N.P, M.S.N

              Instructor in Nursing

              Dr. Richmond received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College of Medicine and her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  Her current research and scholarly interests include Faculty Practice: Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Interprofessional Learning through simulation and primary care of the family with a focus on pediatric and adolescent healthcare.  Her current projects and publications include Implementation of Interprofessional learning curriculum through simulation and Moore, C., Frizzell, J., Richmond, A., Copeland, K. (2012). Nursing and equipment troubleshooting for special needs children in the emergency department. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 13(2). 133-141.  She is a member of the following professional organizations:  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2010-Present, Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013-Present, National League for Nursing, 2010-Present.

                Block Directors: Health Care Economics & Policy


                Sayeh S. Nikpay, Ph.D., M.P.H.

                Assistant Professor, Health Policy

                Sayeh Nikpay, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on the impact of health reform on labor market decisions of individuals and hospital finance. Nikpay was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2010-2011.

                She received a B.A. in Biology from Macalester College and an M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.


                  David Stevenson, Ph.D.

                  Associate Professor, Health Policy
                  Vice Chair for Education, Health Policy
                  Director, Health Policy Track, Master of Public Health Program

                  Dr. Stevenson is currently an Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  Dr. Stevenson’s primary research interests are long-term care and end of life care.  His previous work has focused on a broad range of topics in these areas, including the evolution of Medicare’s hospice benefit, end-of-life care for Medicare Advantage enrollees, long-term-care financing options for the future, and the impact of Medicare Part D in the nursing home pharmacy sector.  He has worked in various research and policy settings, including the U.S. Public Health Service, the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Urban Institute, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Medstat.

                  Dr. Stevenson received a B.A. in religion from Oberlin College, a S.M. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University.  His previous faculty appointment was in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, from 2004-2013.  

                    Block Directors: Public Health & Prevention


                    Rachel K. Apple, M.D., M.P.H.

                    Assistant Professor Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

                    Dr. Apple received her medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After her residency, Dr. Apple received a Masters in Public Health from the Vanderbilt School of Public Health as well as a fellowship in quality improvement through the Veteran's Affairs Administration. Her career interests are in designing and assessing curriculum, teaching clinical skills to undergraduate and graduate learners, and quality improvement. She is the founder of a group, "PGY-Mom," at Vanderbilt, which is dedicated to assessing and meeting the unique needs of physician moms in training. 


                      Block Directors: Quality Improvement & Patient Safety


                      Tamala S. Bradham, D.H.A., Ph.D., CCC-A

                      Quality and Safety Advisor, Orthopaedics
                      Block Co-Director, Foundations in Health Care Delivery, School of Medicine

                      Dr. Bradham is a quality consultant in the Center for Quality, Safety & Risk Prevention at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is at the forefront of health care reform, evidence-based practices, and population health and practice management. She has taught numerous courses on the topics of aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, introduction to audiology, speech and hearing sciences, science of auditory processing, and quality improvement. Her research interests include auditory, speech, and language outcomes in children with hearing loss; cochlear implants; discharge practices; and family-centered practices in health care. Formerly, she was on faculty at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, where she was the Associate Director of Services at the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication. In this role, she developed and managed services for children with hearing loss, which included the pediatric cochlear implant team, audiological (re)habilitation services, speech-language services, and the Mama Lere Hearing School. Dr. Bradham believes in continuous learning and shares lessons learned as a frequent blogger on ASHASphere and leanhcare. She is a multi-talented and multifaceted leader that inspires those around her to deliver best practices based on the current state of knowledge, explore opportunities to improve service delivery, and innovate solutions for the tomorrow.