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UTHSC News: 2023 a Year of Accomplishments, Collaboration, and Planning for a Bright Future


In 2023, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center adopted an ambitious new strategic plan, opened a state-of-the-art dental building in Memphis, and added new leadership to guide it into the future.

The 2023-2028 Strategic Plan revolves around an exciting and expansive vision statement: Healthy Tennesseans. Thriving Communities.

The plan reflects UT Health Science Center’s commitment to strengthening partnerships in communities across the state; promoting interprofessional education; growing research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; expanding quality health care statewide; and creating an environment of success for all Tennesseans.

“This plan is building a solid foundation into an exciting future,” Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, said when the UT Board of Trustees approved the plan in June.

Highly accomplished new leaders joined the university to help build that future. They include Raaj Kurapati, AIFA, executive vice chancellor and chief operating and financial officer; Brigitte Grant, vice chancellor for Advancement; Paul Wesolowski, vice chancellor for Strategic Partnerships; Reginald F. Frye, PharmD, PhD, FCCP, dean of the College of Pharmacy; and G. Nicholas Verne, MD, interim executive dean and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs for the College of Medicine. Robert Craft, MD, was named dean of the College of Medicine in Knoxville. Brian Wilcox, MD, was named associate dean of Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education of the College of Medicine in Nashville.

Other new leaders include Trey Eubanks, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, who was named president of UT Health Science Center’s principal pediatric partner, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; Keith Gray, MD, who was appointed president of the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville; Woodi Woodland, a fourth-year medical student, who serves as the student representative on the UT Board of Trustees; and Corinne Gibson, also a fourth-year medical student, who is the student representative to the UTHSC Advisory Board.

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