VU promotes veteran employee to senior VP role

Former assistant vice chancellor will now oversee patient safety, risk prevention

Dr. Gerald Hickson, Vanderbilt University assistant vice chancellor for health affairs, associate dean for faculty affairs and the Joseph C. Ross Professor of Medical Education and Administration, is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president for quality, patient safety and risk prevention.

Hickson (pictured) will serve as the chief quality, patient safety and risk prevention officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and all VU-related entities. Hickson will report directly to Dr. C. Wright Pinson, deputy vice chancellor for health affairs, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

“This new position effectively consolidates oversight responsibilities from across the clinical enterprise within the areas of quality improvement, patient safety and risk prevention to bring greater strategic alignment to these intrinsically related missions. Dr. Hickson is uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” Pinson said.

Hickson, a pediatrician by training and a member of the VU faculty since 1982, has served in multiple roles during his tenure at Vanderbilt.

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