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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Graduates 700
Health Care Professionals:
Harry Jacobson, MD, former CEO, Vanderbilt Health System,
Speaks at Commencement
Harry Jacobson, MD, former Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and former CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates and their families. His remarks are titled, “Health Care is a Team Sport.” Dr. Jacobson, a nephrologist and health care entrepreneur, retired from Vanderbilt in 2009 after more than 12 years as CEO. He has been described as an out-of-the-box thinker, an inspiring leader with the ability to energize people, and a visionary physician-scientist who is as comfortable in the corporate boardroom as he is in the laboratory.
During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Jacobson pursued an ambitious, multi-pronged strategy that has been summed up in one word: growth. Under his leadership, Vanderbilt Medical Center (VMC) cut costs, negotiated better reimbursement rates for patient care, and the center quadrupled its annual research funding to more than $400 million. VMC’s performance reportedly exceeded expectations by almost every measure – annual net revenue, the number of faculty and staff, space for research and patient care, and national rankings. He was also instrumental in establishing a $10 million “Chancellor’s Fund,” which in conjunction with the university’s technology transfer office, helped launch 18 companies.
Dr. Jacobson earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He continued his training through a nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. Recruited to Vanderbilt in 1985, within a decade he had moved up to the executive suite as deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs. Along the way, he held more than $1.5 million in active grant support, published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and a textbook on kidney disease, served on and chaired national advisory committees, and explored the corporate side of medicine through such companies as Nashville’s Renal Care Group, which he co-founded.
The 700 graduates who will receive Dr. Jacobson’s commencement message are from all six of the UT Health Science Center’s colleges and from the UT College of Social Work. The College of Social Work reports to the UT Knoxville campus, not to UTHSC, but a branch of the college is located in Memphis. The number of graduates from each UTHSC college are:
n 178 from the College of Allied Health Sciences;
n 73 from the College of Dentistry;
n 43 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences;
n 143 from the College of Medicine;
n 36 from the College of Nursing;
n 175 from the College of Pharmacy, and
n 52 from the College of Social Work.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. 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 colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy plus an Allied Health Sciences unit in Knoxville, as well as a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.
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