Board of Directors

Jeffrey R. Balser, MD, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Balser has served as President and CEO since 2016, and prior to the financial and legal separation of VUMC from Vanderbilt University, served as vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of medicine since 2009. During this period, he has led the Medical Center through a period of marked expansion of service volume, doubling the outpatient visit volume to over 2.3 million, expanding the children’s hospital and the adult critical care beds. Over the decade VUMC net revenues have more than doubled to over $4.3 billion, and with 23,000 employees is the largest private employer in middle TN. Prior to 2008, as VUMC’s chief research officer he led a period of scientific expansion that moved the School of Medicine into the nation’s top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding. Dr. Balser earned his medical and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed his residency and fellowship training in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Tulane University. He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009, and serves on the organization’s governing Council.