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Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS


Vice President for Educational Affairs
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
ACGME/NRMP Designated Institutional Official
Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology

Dr. Terhune joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2011 and is currently an associate professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology. Her practice consists of general surgery with an interest in acute care surgery.  She currently is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, the Vice President for Educational Affairs and the Designated ACGME/NRMP Institutional Official for VUMC. Her clinical surgery practice is primarily at the VA Medical Center, where she served as Chief of General Surgery from 2016 until 2019. 

Dr. Terhune completed her residency in general surgery and fellowship in critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  After joining faculty at Vanderbilt in 2011, she became Program Director of the Surgery Residency in 2014, a position she held until 2019.

She has received several distinguished teaching awards at the local and national level, including the inaugural David Leach Award from the ACGME in 2010.

Prior to her faculty appointments, Dr. Terhune received her A.B. degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she received the J.S. Ravdin Award in Surgery.


  • 1996 A.B. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • 2004 M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 M.B.A. Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Postgraduate Training

  • 2004-2011 Resident, Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 2007-2008 Fellow in Critical Care, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 2008-2009 Resident, Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Interest
Dr. Terhune’s research interests include workforce issues and surgery education.

Presentations and Publications
Dr. Terhune has authored multiple manuscripts and book chapters, and has presented nationally and internationally.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Division of General Surgery
1161 21st Avenue South
D-4309 Medical Center North
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Phone: (615) 875-3008 Fax: (615) 322-0689