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Quillen College of Medicine

Academic Partnership Council

James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Affiliation Partnership Council Membership


Wilsie S. Bishop, DPA Vice President for Health Affairs ex officio  Co-Chair
William A. Block, Jr. MD, MBA Dean of Medicine ex officio  
Sheri Holmes, MD Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Interim) ex officio  
I. William Browder, MD Chair, Surgery ex officio  
George Brown, MD Chief, Psychiatry Service, VA ex officio non-voting
Matt Parks, MD Chief of Staff for Education, VA ex officio non-voting
C. Allen Musil, MD Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences ex officio  
David Hecht, MD Chief of Staff, VA  ex officio Co-Chair
Pradeep Kumar, MD Chief of Radiation Oncology Service, VA ex officio non-voting
Thomas Kwasigroch, PhD Associate Dean, Student Affairs ex officio  
Michael Ostapchuk, MD Associate Dean/Associate Professor/GME ex officio  
Thomas Massello, MD Chief of Surgical Service, VA ex officio non-voting
Jimmy McGlawn Assoc Medical Center Director, VA ex officio non-voting
Linda McConnell, RN Assoc Director for Patient/Nursing Services ex officio non-voting
Donald Samples, MD Dean, Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences ex officio  
John Schweitzer, MD Chair, Pathology ex officio  
Jeffrey Summers, MD Chair, Internal Medicine ex officio  
Mousa Al-Abbadi, MD Chief of Laboratory Service, VA ex officio  
Wendy Nehring, RN, PhD Dean, College of Nursing ex officio  

Rusty Lewis

Associate Dean, Finance & Administration ex officio non-voting
George Youngberg, MD Research Coordinator, VA ex officio non-voting


The Affiliation Partnership Council  is appointed by the VA Director and is comprised of vice president of health sciences colleges, deans and senior faculty members of the affiliated medical and dental schools and other academic institutions as appropriate, representative(s) of the full-time medical/dental staffs of the VA facility, and such other faculty of the affiliated schools and staff of the VA facility as are appropriate to consider and advise on the full range of the committee's responsibilities. Veterans service organization representation is strongly recommended. Affiliations between the VA facilities and educational institutions offering programs in associated health professions other than medicine and dentistry have been highly productive. In view of the growing importance of these professional groups in modern health care, the Affiliation Partnership Council is encouraged to include representatives of these schools among its membership. The selection of appropriate representatives from among the non-medical/dental schools will be based on the nature and extent of their educational activities in the VA facility. The council membership should include representatives of those health care professions in which major training programs are conducted at the VA facility. Nominees acceptable to the VA facility director will be appointed by letter. A copy of each appointment letter will be sent to the chair.

The vice president for health affairs for health affairs of the university will be the co-chair of the Affiliation Partnership Council with the VA Director.

Appointments are governed by VA Policy.



The Affiliation Partnership Council shall have as its charge the evaluation of strategic and operational issues which materially affect the academic relationship between the College of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to both the Director of the VA and the Dean of the College of Medicine.

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