Vanderbilt Health System names chief of staff

VUMC chief compliance officer to succeed Kaiser

Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced today it has named Dr. David Raiford chief of staff for Vanderbilt Health System, effective July 1.

Raiford replaces Dr. Allen Kaiser, the health system's first chief of staff, who will step down at the end of the fiscal year.

Currently, Raiford (pictured) is an associate vice chancellor for health affairs, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, professor of medicine and VUMC's chief compliance officer; the latter position he will turn over to a successor.  

"Given the fundamental and growing importance of the overall integration among the clinicians in our school of medicine departments and the staff in our hospitals and clinics, we are fortunate to have David succeed Allen in this role," Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine, said in a release.

Raiford is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He came to Vanderbilt in 1991 to lead an interdisciplinary program in liver diseases.

"It's an honor to be asked to succeed Dr. Kaiser as health system chief of staff," Raiford said. "I look forward to the privilege of continuing my advocacy for all our faculty and department chairs while helping to evolve Vanderbilt's clinical enterprise."