For more information, contact
The University of Tennessee
Sheila Champlin – (901) 448-4957
of Tennessee Health Science
Le Bonheur and
Name Joint Director,
Professor of Pediatric Critical Care
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (April 8, 2009) – K.J.S. “Sunny” Anand, MBBS, D.Phil., will join the medical staff
at three Memphis
health care institutions in May. Anand
will serve as the director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care for the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, director of Critical Care for Le
Bonheur Children’s Medical
Center and hold the St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital Endowed Chair of Critical Care.
is an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of pediatric critical care,
and comes to Memphis from the Department of
Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences. In his roles working with
UTHSC, Le Bonheur Children’s and St. Jude, Dr. Anand will focus on quality
improvement, research and an optimal standard of care in the field of pain
management in infants and children. His joint position will enable him to
isolate specific opportunities in the field of pediatric critical care and
address them simultaneously across the three facilities. Dr. Anand is also
pursuing approval from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a
multi-center study on pediatric pain management.
“Dr. Anand is one of the most
well-respected physicians in his field, and we are honored to welcome him to Memphis,” said Russell
Chesney, MD, chairman of the Department
of Pediatrics for UTHSC. “His expertise
and extensive study on the effects of neonatal pain will help us to better
serve our patients and our community.”
Added Le Bonheur Children’s CEO Meri Armour, “We are
preparing to move into a new hospital next year, and with this state-of-the-art
facility comes a renewed dedication to recruiting top physician talent and
emphasizing research. Dr. Anand is an
important part of Le Bonheur’s vision for the future as we work to redefine the
standard of pediatric care.”
According to Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director
and CEO, “Dr. Anand brings to Memphis
the international stature, academic vision and clinical leadership that will
take pediatric critical care medicine to even greater heights. He has those unique talents required to
synergize the outstanding programs that already exist at St. Jude, Le Bonheur
and UT, and create something that will set our medical center apart from
Dr. Anand received his medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi
College in Indore,
India, and completed his
doctorate in philosophy at the University
of Oxford’s Jesus
College in Oxford, England.
His appointment is jointly announced by Dr.
Chesney, Armour and Dr. Evans.
The national search for this position was conducted
by Millican Solutions Inc.
flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research,
clinical care and public service, all in support of a single goal: to improve
the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate
training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied
Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and
Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College
of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For
more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.
1952, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical
Center is the Mid-South’s
first and only comprehensive pediatric medical facility. Every year Le Bonheur
treats almost 140,000 children from 47 states and many countries. Le Bonheur is
home to one of the nation’s 10 busiest pediatric emergency departments and
hosts one of the largest pediatric surgical brain tumor programs. For more
information, please visit www.lebonheur.org.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized
for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and
other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and
based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its
discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family
ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without
insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC,
its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org .