Krystyna Barnard
November 26, 2018

Jay Wellons, M.D., MSPH, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics, and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, has been appointed secondary faculty in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. He also currently serves as the Department of Neurological Surgery Vice Chair for Academics and Faculty Affairs, the Section of Surgical Sciences Vice Chair for Clinical Research, and the Medical Director of the Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs).

“I’m really excited to welcome Jay to our outstanding cohort of secondary faculty,” said Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology. “His knowledge and expertise will add value to our department, and will provide us with an opportunity to collaborate in a way that will benefit our patients and trainees.”

Wellons earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School and completed his residency training in neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently did a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and obtained a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Alabama – Birmingham.  

In addition to his work with SOCKs, Wellons’ research interests include involvement with the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, as well as ongoing research in Chiari malformations and fetal neurosurgery. He is an active member of several professional societies, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons and the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons. 

“The Department of Radiology has really planted a flag for collaboration across the medical center and beyond,” said Wellons. “I am honored by this gesture and look forward to engaging even more with my radiology colleagues.” 

Wellons is among 28 colleagues from Vanderbilt’s medical, engineering and business schools with a secondary appointment in the Department of Radiology. 

“Secondary appointments symbolize our commitment to working with other departments across the enterprise,” said Omary. “If we are going to be successful, it is important to have a diverse group of physicians, scientists and educators that will help us advance the future of health care.”