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VOL. 38 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 22, 2014

Steaban, Edgeworth take on new roles at VUMC

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Robin Steaban, MSN, R.N., VUMC associate chief nursing officer and chief administrative officer at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief nursing officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

In addition, Mitchell Edgeworth, MBA, chief operating officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

The promotions of Steaban and Edgeworth accompany operational changes occurring within the Adult Enterprise focused around the reorganization of adult Patient Care Centers (PCCs) and the overall continuum of patient care delivery.

Steaban joined VUMC in 1990 to serve as the nurse coordinator for the 7-North Cardiology Unit in Vanderbilt University Hospital and has assumed an increasing level of responsibility since.

She is well known for numerous contributions within the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and elsewhere across the Medical Center, having led or served on dozens of initiatives, committees and work groups that have been instrumental in the improvement of patient care and have driven operational change across a multitude of clinical areas.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Steaban served as a staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist at hospitals in Michigan, New York and Rhode Island.


Edgeworth joined VUMC in 2012 as chief operating officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital, bringing with him a background in performance and organizational improvement. In the past two years he has made significant contributions to the Medical Center’s ongoing operational redesign process.

Edgeworth joined Vanderbilt from Quorum Health Resources, where he served from 2009 until 2012 as regional vice president and was responsible for the operational performance and strategic objectives of 12 hospitals located throughout Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico.

He also worked for Tenet Health System, serving as CEO for Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake in Dallas. His prior professional experience also includes tenure at Duke University Health System as a management engineer and manager of performances services.

Marsh elected to TN Chamber board


Dickinson Wright attorney Darlene Marsh has been named to the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Marsh is a member attorney at the firm and focuses her practice in real estate, environmental and banking law. She has been a member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2004.

Other newly elected board members for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Middle region include:

  • Jeff Bates, TA Staffing/TruHire
  • Loren Chumley, KPMG, LLP
  • Rhedona Rose, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
  • James Spradley, Standard Candy Company, Inc.
  • Michael Stagg, Waller Law
  • John Walker, Walker Die Casting, Inc.

Tennessee Bar Foundation names new board members


Three new members have been elected to the Tennessee Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees: Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr., Mark L. Hayes, and Paul C. Ney, Jr.


Clement was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in 2003. Prior to his appointment, he was engaged in the private practice of law. His term will run 2014 until 2016.

Ney, shareholder at Nashville’s Waddey Patterson, P.C., is a registered patent attorney and has a career that includes leadership roles with the military, local government, and more than 20 years in law. He will serve the board as treasurer for a three-year term, 2014 through 2017.

Hayes, a member of Wilkerson Gauldin Hayes Jenkins & Dedmon, in Dyersburg, focuses his practice on general civil litigation, insurance defense, banking, and creditor bankruptcy. He will serve a three-year term from 2014 through 2017.

The Foundation is governed by a 12 member Board of Trustees. The chair, chair-elect and immediate past chair serve one-year terms. Statewide geographic distribution is ensured by the election of three Trustees per Grand Division (East, Middle, and West). Trustees serve three-year, staggered terms. C. Creed McGinley, the circuit judge for Tennessee’s 24th judicial district, headquartered in Savannah (Hardin County), is board chair.

VUMC’s Penn, Meranze take Faculty Affairs roles


John Penn, Ph.D., has been promoted from assistant dean to associate dean for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs, and Steven Meranze, M.D., has been named an associate dean for Faculty Affairs.

Both report to David Raiford, M.D., senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs and associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

Penn, vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has served as assistant dean for Faculty Development for the past five years. He will remain responsible for professional development and academic advancement of faculty members and will oversee the School of Medicine’s Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee (FAPC), as well as faculty reappointments.

He will also be responsible for the School of Medicine’s Faculty Orientation and Training Office (FOTO) and related compliance efforts as well as intra- and extramural faculty development programs and faculty awards, the Emeritus Faculty Office and Vanderbilt’s presence in relevant interest groups within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


Meranze, professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Surgery and Urology and vice chair of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, will work with the department chairs, center directors and other School of Medicine leaders to promote and optimize faculty involvement in the School of Medicine’s academic missions.

His responsibilities will include reviewing nominations for endowed chairs in the School of Medicine and staffing and support of department chair searches. He will also be a consultant in senior level faculty recruitment, will manage VUMC faculty conflict of interest issues and will be a liaison with the Vanderbilt Office of Compliance and Corporate Integrity.

Nashville lawyers rank among nation’s best

Attorneys from a number of Nashville firms have been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

They include, with category of recognition:

Bone McAllester Norton

Trace Blankenship, Banking and Finance, non-profit/charities; Charles W. Bone, administrative/regulatory, business organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); John P. Branham, personal injury litigation-plaintiffs; Larry W. Bridgesmith, employment, management and labor law, management; William T. Cheek III, food and beverage law and non-profit/charities; Paul W. Kruse, copyright and trademark; Anne C. Martin, employment-individuals, employment-management, and litigation-labor and employment; Sam J. McAllester III, banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency, reorganization; C. Michael Norton, banking and finance; Bryan E. Pieper, employment-individuals; Jack F. Stringham II, banking and finance, real estate; Edward M. Yarbrough, criminal defense: non-white collar, criminal defense: white-collar, and DUI/DWI defense; Stephen J. Zralek, copyright.

Dickinson Wright PLLC

John B. Burns, tax ; Derek C. Crownover, entertainment, music; Thomas M. Donnell, Jr., Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; J. Bryan Echols, land use and zoning, real estate; M. Reid Estes, Jr., litigation-labor and employment; N. Courtney Hollins, real estate; Darlene T. Marsh, Environment, litigation-real estate, real estate.

MTR Family Law

Marlene Eskind Moses, family law.

Neal & Harwell

Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr., bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense; James R. Kelley, bankruptcy, creditor-debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Marc T. McNamee, bankruptcy, creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and litigation bankruptcy; James F. Sanders, white-collar criminal defense.

Sherrard & Roe

Andrée S. Blumstein, C. Dewey Branstetter, Jr., Kim A. Brown, L. Webb Campbell II, C. Mark Carver, Phillip F. Cramer, William L. Harbison, J. Scott Hickman, Michel G. Kaplan, Carla L. Lovell, Elizabeth E. Moore, Tracy A. Powell, Michael D. Roberts, John H. Roe Jr., Carolyn W. Schott, Thomas J. Sherrard III, John R. Voigt, and Christopher C. Whitson. Additionally, Blumstein was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Antitrust Law, Brown was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in real estate, and Harbison was recognized as trusts & estates litigation “Lawyer of the Year.”

Stites & Harbison

Katherine S. Allen, banking and finance, equipment finance; Julian L. Bibb, banking and finance, corporate, land use & zoning; Kenneth M. Bryant, transportation; Robert N. Buchanan III, banking and finance, land use & zoning, real estate; A. Stuart Campbell, corporate; James C. Cotey, banking and finance; Matthew J. DeVries, construction; Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, litigation–bankruptcy; Charles A. Grice, banking and finance; Garry K. Grooms, commercial litigation; Michael J. Hinchion, banking and finance, tax; Jeffrey R. King, land use & zoning, real estate; Alexandra MacKay, copyright law, litigation-intellectual property, trademark; Richard S. Myers, Jr., copyright; William L. Penny, administrative/regulatory, environmental, government relations, litigation–environmental, water; Stephen H. Price, employment law-individuals, employment law–management, litigation–labor & employment; Gregory D. Smith, family law; M. Clark Spoden, commercial litigation, litigation–construction, litigation–environmental; Pamela A. Taylor, family law; Jerry W. Taylor, administrative/regulatory, health care; Warren H. Wild, Jr., real estate; John R. Wingo, commercial litigation; Gregory T. Young, Environmental.

Waddey Patterson

Wayne Beavers, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent, trademark; James Cartiglia, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent, trademark; Edward Lanquist, Jr., intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent, trademark; Mark Patterson, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent, trademark; John Triggs, intellectual property litigation; Jack Waddey, Jr., patent and trademark.

Wiseman Ashworth Law Group

Thomas A. Wiseman III, medical malpractice law defense and personal injury litigation defense; Gail Vaughn Ashworth, personal injury litigation defense.

Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Veteran journalist Embry leads Seigenthaler Chair


Longtime Midstate journalist Pat Embry is the new director of MTSU’s John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies.

Embry rose from sports writer to executive editor in a nearly 20-year career at the Nashville Banner and joined The Tennessean after the Banner closed in 1998. During his seven-year tenure with The Tennessean, Embry served as entertainment editor, oversaw editorial operations for six Middle Tennessee community newspapers and developed and launched “The Rage,” a free weekly entertainment printed guide and website.

Before coming to MTSU, Embry worked as editorial director for Magellan Press in Brentwood.

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