11th Annual Holiday ConcertThursday, Dec 15Noon - 3 PM
Erlanger Medical Mall Lobby
Sponsored by the UT Transitional Year Residency &Erlanger Health System
Please join us to celebrate the season as medicalstudents, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff (includingErlanger staff) share their musical talents.
Donations will benefit the Believe Campaign for the
new Childrens Hospital at Erlanger.
R Bruce Shack, MD Named Dean Tuesday, August 2, 2016
R. Bruce Shack, MD,
Named Dean of
The University of
Tennessee Health Science Center
Medicine in Chattanooga and
President, Erlanger Health System
Bruce Shack, MD, has been named dean of the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine in Chattanooga and Senior Vice
President of the Erlanger Health System. Dr. Shack comes to
UTHSC after serving almost 20 years as chair and a professor of the Department
of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville.
Dr. Shack will begin his new role in Chattanooga on November 15.
In making the appointment, David Stern, MD,
Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, said UTHSC is
“delighted and honored” that Dr. Shack will lead the college’s Chattanooga
campus. “He brings an exceptionally strong set of leadership skills from his
years as chair of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt,” Dr. Stern said. “Our
Chattanooga campus and its partner hospital system, Erlanger Health System,
have improved dramatically over the last year, and the addition of Dr. Shack
will accelerate and help guide new and exceptional health services for the
Stern thanked Robert C. Fore, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP, for his exceptional service as
interim dean for Academic Affairs in Chattanooga. “Dr. Fore’s extensive
experience in graduate and continuing medical education has been a major asset
to our College of Medicine in Chattanooga, as we continue to train the
physicians of the future.”
M. Spiegel, FACHE, president and CEO of Erlanger Health System, said, “Dr.
Shack’s executive leadership skills over the past 20 years as chair of Plastic
Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will significantly benefit the
undergraduate and graduate medical education enterprise.” He also noted,
“We are most grateful to the search committee for all their hard work.”
chief academic and administrative officer for the Chattanooga campus, Dr. Shack
will be responsible for leading the college’s missions of excellence in
education, patient care and research. As senior vice president in the Erlanger
Health System, he will represent faculty physicians, oversee clinical care and
develop collaboration among university faculty and community physicians in the
is an opportunity I couldn’t refuse,” said Dr. Shack. “Chattanooga
is a beautiful city, and there are a lot of opportunities and challenges there
that I am looking forward to.”
Shack graduated from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and
received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
He did an internship in surgery and his residency in plastic surgery at
served as an assistant professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital
and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, both in Baltimore, before
joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1982. He was
named chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt in 1997.
Shack also maintains teaching duties at VUMC. He is responsible for the lecture
series for third-year medical students, has been involved in resident training
in the operating room and ward, and has served as a faculty adviser for third-
and fourth-year medical students.
Shack is a member of many professional associations, including the American
Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons as a Fellow,
the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic
numerous leadership roles include serving on the VUMC Medical Board of
Directors and the Vanderbilt Burn Center Advisory Committee. Dr. Shack has also
served as president of the Nashville Surgical Society, president and on the
board of directors of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgeons, vice president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, president
of the Southern Medical Association and chairman of the city-wide Journal Club
of Tennessee Plastic Surgeons.
Shack has been a guest lecturer on multiple occasions, was voted among the
“Best Doctors in America” seven times, and has authored or contributed to more
than 75 articles, books and chapters related to plastic surgery.
in 1973 as a branch campus of the UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis, the
Chattanooga campus provides training for junior and senior medical students, as
well as residency and fellowship programs. The college also has campuses in
Nashville and Knoxville.
By: Pat Charles