Course Faculty

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

    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. During residency, she developed a resident-taught lecture series for third-year medical students rotating on Medicine clerkships. Dr. Ridinger served as the first Chief Resident of Quality and Patient Safety at the Nashville VA where she received training and experience in quality improvement methods. With this training, she helped refine the Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Residency Program’s quality improvement curriculum. Her career interests are in designing and assessing curriculum for teaching clinical skills and practice-improvement.

Quality & Safety Coordinator

  • Cecelia Theobald, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

    Dr. Theobald received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Following residency, she completed both a Quality Scholars fellowship at the Nashville VA and her Masters in Public Health from Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching interests focus on improving the safety of care transitions, teaching quality improvement skills and helping providers integrate evidence-based medicine into bedside care. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching ambulatory medicine as well as for her work evaluating the implementation of various improvement initiatives.

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

  • Michael R. Richards, M.D, Ph.D, M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor, Health Policy

    Dr. Richards was a University of Pennsylvania postdoctoral researcher within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Wharton School from 2013 – 2015.

    During his postdoc time, he carried out a variety of empirical studies on health policy topics. His primary research area involves health care provider responses to public policies and market environments. He completed his PhD training at Yale University prior to joining LDI and was awarded his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Illinois immediately preceding his time at Yale.

    Some of his recent academic work can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, Milbank Quarterly, Health Economics Policy & Law, Health Affairs, Health Economics Policy & Law, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Health Economics.

  • 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

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.

  • Scott C. Watkins, M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
    Block Co-Director, Foundations in Health Care Delivery, School of Medicine

    Dr. Watkins received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Anesthesiology.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at VUMC and is a Block Director for Foundations of Health Care Delivery, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the School of Medicine. He is a member of American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, Vice Chair for the Anesthesiology Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, The Society for Education in Anesthesia and The Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  He has received the award for Academy for Excellence in Teaching, APSF/ASA President's Research Award, Ellison C. "Jeep" Pierce, Jr., MD Merit Award.