Physician Leadership Program

Physicians who lead their fellow physician colleagues face a unique experience in our health system, and have clinical service schedules that can limit their participation in certain leadership activities.

Our Elevate Physician Leadership Program aims to engage our physician leaders in experiences customized to their role and schedule.

Who are our physician leaders?

Physician Leaders have formal leadership appointments that oversee our clinical services: medical directors, clinical division chiefs, vice chairs for clinical affairs, and department chairs.

What activities occur?

Currently we have one regular activity, Conversations with Physician Leaders. These provide brief updates on key topics shared at our quarterly Leadership Assemblies, engage participants on important topics, and provide a forum for open dialogue on questions and concerns from physician leaders.


Quarterly. Sessions are offered 2-3 times each quarter; participants need only attend one a quarter. 

Light Hall Room 208 (No Zoom option, Masking required):

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 16 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 am

There are occasional, additional activities.

In October 2018, we sponsored Institutional Improvement as Physician Leaders, a course facilitated by the Advisory Board on the state of health care, the implications for physician, and the leadership imperative. This has become an annual conference

Who is required to attend?

Medical directors are required to participate in the program activities as part of their health system appointment.

Questions about these activities?

For questions about requirements, purpose, and content please contact your entity Chief of Staff, Dr. Paul Sternberg - CMO - or Dr. Dave Raiford - VUMC Chief of Staff and Sr. Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

For questions on logistics, including communication email list, please contact Steve Weissenburger or Janelle Maddox (; 615-875-8403)

Archives from previous activities

September 17 & 18, 2020 Reaffirm Your Leadership Shadow 
Supporting ourselves and our teams amid crisis and uncertainty.
Presentation Slides

October 29 & 30, 2019, Aligning Culture and Cultivating Accountability
Slides from the session - No video recording was made of these sessions.
In-session Worksheet - alignment and misalignment worksheet
Post-session worksheet - help plan actions to address situations with variable results

October 16 & 17, 2018 Institutional Improvement as Physician Leaders
A course facilitated by the Advisory Board on the state of health care, the implications for physician, and the leadership imperative.
Presentation Slides
Video (MediaSite, wide angle camera angle with audio)