Click on photos of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 inductees below to learn more about the lasting contributions made by the inductees to health and health care in the Tennessee community.
More information on 2018 inductees coming soon.
Monroe Carell, Jr.
Former CEO of Central Parking Corporation; Longtime philanthropist; Namesake of The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
John Henry Hale, M.D.
President of the Board of Directors of the Millie E. Hale Hospital; Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Chief of Staff & Chair of the Department of Surgery at Meharry Medical College
Millie E. Hale
Founded the Millie E. Hale Hospital; Millie E. Hale Hospital’s Head Administrator & Chief Nurse
Carol Etherington M.S.N. R.N., F.A.A.N.
First nurse employed by the Davidson County Police Department: Chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Health; Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Lynn Massingale, M.D.
Founder, Former CEO and Current Chairman of TeamHealth; “Hero of Emergency Medicine” by the American College of Emergency Physicians
William Schaffner, M.D.
Former Chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Preventative Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine & Health Policy; Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Matthew Walker, Sr., M.D.
Founder of the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.; Former Meharry Medical College Chair of the Department of Surgery, Provost for External Affairs & Professor of Surgery & Gynecology
Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D.
First female African American surgeon in the South, longtime practitioner and professor
William H. Frist, M.D.
First heart and lung transplant
surgeon at Vanderbilt,
Former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader
Donald P. Pinkel, M.D.
First Director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Harry R. Jacobson, M.D.
Physician, entrepreneur and investor, Former CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Joel C. Gordon
47-year health care veteran, Introduced physician ownership/joint ventures as a business structure
Stanford Moore, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize winning biochemist, longtime scientist and researcher
Jack Bovender, Jr.
Retired Chairman and CEO, Hospital Corporation of America
Stanley Cohen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University
Henry W. Foster, Jr. M.D., FACOG
Professor Emeritus and Former Dean, Meharry Medical College
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University
Frank S. Groner, LL.D.
President Emeritus, Baptist Memorial Hospital
Paul E. Stanton, M.D.
President Emeritus, East Tennessee State University
Professor Emeritus of Surgery, East Tennessee State University
Colleen Conway Welch, Ph.D., CNM, FAAN, FACNM
Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Inaugural Class of Inductees – 2015
Thomas F. Frist, Sr., M.D.
Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D.
Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D.
Physician, Pathologist, Professor
Jack C. Massey
R. Clayton McWhorter
Co-Founder, HealthTrust and Clayton Associates
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Former U.S. Surgeon General
Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.
Pediatrician, Pathologist, Professor
Founder, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital