Vanderbilt University Medical Center and A Growing Health System

Vanderbilt University Medical Center was founded in 1874. In the decades since, VUMC has grown not only as a patient care, medical education and research enterprise on our 21st Avenue campus in Nashville, but as a robust health system – represented as “Vanderbilt Health” – with clinics and hospitals across Tennessee and into neighboring states.

Managing more than 2 million patient visits each year, Vanderbilt Health is one of the largest academic medical centers and health systems in the Southeast. 

Our vision: The world leader in advancing personalized health.

Our mission: personalizing the patient experience through our caring spirit and distinctive capabilities.

Making Health Care Personal.

Our History

We’re proud of our history, which includes (among other distinctions):

  • 2 Nobel laureates, Earl Sutherland and Stanley Cohen, whose ground-breaking research continues to improve lives for those with diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.
  • Early work that enabled mass production of vaccines for smallpox, typhus and yellow fever (Ernest Goodpasture). Today, VUMC researchers continue to lead the way in combatting infectious diseases, from developing COVID-19 vaccines to serving on national panels making public health decisions on a national and global scale.
  • Creating the first neonatal intensive care unit in the country, setting the stage to save countless babies born too soon or with other life-threatening challenges (Mildred Stahlman).

Our Role Today

We’re honored to be a resource for patients and clinicians throughout Tennessee and beyond to provide advanced care for complex and rare conditions. Through our regional hospitals and clinics, we strive provide the best, right care in the best, right setting – which is often close to home.

We’re the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee, with more than 28,000 employees and an expanding footprint in towns and communities across the region. We train more than 1,000 resident physicians every year.

Our growing health system has 1,615 licensed hospital beds at:

  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital
  • Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

We serve our community with many unique and specialized services including:

  • The region's Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center
  • The No. 1 Children's Hospital in the Southeast
  • A highly experienced Transplant Center that does the most heart transplants in the world,
  • The only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region
  • A specialized Lung Institute
  • A nationally designated Diabetes Center
  • And more

Nationally Ranked Care and Discovery

World-leading academic departments and centers make scientific discoveries, advance clinical care and train the next generation of health care professionals through more than 100 residency and fellowship programs.

Our robust research enterprise ranks among the top 10 centers in the country as measured by peer-reviewed grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

We’re honored to be consistently considered among the nation’s best hospitals, nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report in multiple specialties for treating the most complex conditions in adults and children. In fact, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital ranks as the No. 1 children’s hospital in the southeast.

Through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, VUMC works with more than 60 hospitals and 5,000 clinicians across Tennessee and 5 neighboring states to share best practices and bring value-driven and cost-effective health care to the Mid-South.