Kyla Terhune, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

Vice Chair for Education
Section of Surgical Sciences
Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology
Residency Program Director, General Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Section Chief, General Surgery
VA Medical Center, Tennessee Valley Health System
Medical Center North
1161 21st Ave South
Room / Suite
(615) 875-3008
(615) 322-0689

Dr. Terhune joins the Vanderbilt surgical faculty as associate professor of Surgery. Her practice consists of general surgery with an interest in foregut surgery.

Dr. Terhune completed her residency in general surgery and fellowship in critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

During this time, she received several distinguished teaching awards, as selected by her peers. She also organized and directed surgical education programs, teaching conferences and simulated skills sessions.

Prior to her faculty appointments, Dr. Terhune received her A.B. degree in molecular biology with high honors 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. – magna cum laude, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • 2004 M.D. – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa

Postgraduate Training

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

Presentations and Publications

  • Dr. Terhune has presented a variety of topics at workshops covering many aspects of surgical education and training for residents.