Shane Stenner, MD, MS

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Education Design and Informatics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
(615) 875-8678

Shane Stenner, MD, MS joined the VUMC Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Medicine in September 2011, commencing over a decade of local applied clinical informatics leadership and national-level recognition. Dr. Stenner began his career at VUMC as an Ambulatory Adult Primary Care Provider, a Supervising Attending in the Internal Medicine Resident Clinic, and as Program Director for Evidence-based Medicine Implementation in HealthIT. Over the next two years he quickly assumed responsibility for major clinical production systems as the Product Director of both RxStar, VUMC’s custom developed electronic prescribing system, and VOOM, VUMC’s custom outpatient order entry and charge capture system.

Dr. Stenner led eight developers and analysts on the RxStar team and applied agile development methodologies to quickly respond to the priorities of clinical and pharmacy leadership and end users. Notably, he designed and specified features that significantly improved prescribing quality and safety and decreased costs across the enterprise, as described in several peer-reviewed publications. With the VOOM team, Dr. Stenner was responsible for all Ambulatory orders and charge capture features and functionality at VUMC. He successfully led the team of fifteen developers and analysts through a significant deployment effort across the enterprise to meet Meaningful Use requirements and later designed and specified features that facilitated successful ICD-10 adoption at VUMC.

In 2016 Dr. Stenner was tasked as Ambulatory Director of VUMC’s ambitious two-year, multi-hospital Epic electronic health record implementation and “big bang” go-live. He led a team of over 40 builders and consultants, with a team project budget of over $10 million, to a successful go-live. Dr. Stenner advised and supported program leaders, executive and operational leaders, subject matter experts, and stakeholders through design, build, and go-live readiness decisions.

In 2018, Dr. Stenner was promoted to Senior Director of Clinical Informatics in the Office of the Chief Health Information Officer, a role in which he led clinical informatics enterprise projects at VUMC, helping to understand technical and workflow challenges, communicate with Clinical Operational and Health IT Executive Leadership, set targeted strategic direction, guide requests and issues through governance, and advise best practices. More recently, Dr. Stenner established the VUMC Clinician Informatics Committee to centralize governance for clinically impactful requests and topics and he has helped lead VUMC’s efforts to meet interoperability requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act.  

Dr. Stenner has continually supported the education mission of VUMC, serving as the Capstone Director of the DBMI Masters of Applied Clinical Informatics program from the program’s inception through 2021 and he has delivered regular lectures in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and School of Medicine.

Throughout his career Dr. Stenner has been increasingly involved and recognized in the regional community and at the national level. Locally, Dr. Stenner has served on the Tennessee Health Information Management System Society (TN HIMSS) Board of Directors, led the TN HIMSS CXO Initiative Steering Committee, and has been an invited panel member at the TN HIMSS Conference. Nationally, Dr. Stenner has worked closely with leading national vendors in his domain such as First Data Bank, (medication terminology), Surescripts (e-prescribing interoperability), and Nuance (voice recognition). He is an Epic-certified Physician Builder and has spoken at Epic’s national Expert Group Meeting. Dr. Stenner has advocated nationally for changes to the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs’ SCRIPT e-prescribing standard and served on the Scientific Program Committee for the American Medical Informatics Association’s Annual Symposium. Dr. Stenner has been an invited speaker and panel member at national meetings for First Data Bank and Surescripts and has long served on national advisory committees for these industry leaders.

Dr. Stenner’s decade of local applied clinical informatics leadership and national level recognition ultimately led to an executive level leadership opportunity in September 2021 when he was named the Associate Dean for Education Design and Informatics (EDI) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). Dr. Stenner is supporting Vanderbilt as a leader and innovator in medical education by creating a vision for the expanding role of educational informatics necessary to deliver on the promise of personalized, data-driven, competency-based education. Locally he is leading the rebuild of VUSM’s custom digital learning platform and designing an educational data architecture that will be foundational to building a learning education system, implementing precision education, and supporting education-related innovation and research. Nationally, Dr. Stenner is expanding his presence and recognition, ensuring that Vanderbilt is engaged in the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Group on Information Resources (GIR) Conference, participating as a member of the AAMC GIR Data Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group, and active as a member of the MedBiquitous educational standards development program of the AAMC.

Dr. Stenner aims to establish Vanderbilt as a national leader of Precision Education by demonstrating successful precision education interventions in a learning health system environment. He is convinced that a learner-centric model which emphasizes professional learner outcomes and life-long learning is critical to achieving optimized patient outcomes. Dr. Stenner envisions a future in which Vanderbilt-authored educational technologies empower master adaptive learners around the world, ensuring learners’ educational data and artifacts are interoperable, longitudinal, personalized, adaptive, and enduring.

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