UTHSC, Le Bonheur, St. Jude Name Joint Director of Critical Care

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K.J.S. “Sunny” Anand, MBBS, D.Phil., will join the medical staff at three Memphis health care institutions in May.

K.J.S. “Sunny” Anand, MBBS, D.Phil., will join the medical staff at three Memphis health care institutions in May. Anand will serve as the director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, director of Critical Care for Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and hold the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Endowed Chair of Critical Care.

Dr. Anand is an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of pediatric critical care, and comes to Memphis from the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In his roles working with UTHSC, Le Bonheur Children’s and St. Jude, Dr. Anand will focus on quality improvement, research and an optimal standard of care in the field of pain management in infants and children. His joint position will enable him to isolate specific opportunities in the field of pediatric critical care and address them simultaneously across the three facilities. Dr. Anand is also pursuing approval from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a multi-center study on pediatric pain management.

“Dr. Anand is one of the most well-respected physicians in his field, and we are honored to welcome him to Memphis,” said Russell Chesney, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for UTHSC. “His expertise and extensive study on the effects of neonatal pain will help us to better serve our patients and our community.”

Added Le Bonheur Children’s CEO Meri Armour, “We are preparing to move into a new hospital next year, and with this state-of-the-art facility comes a renewed dedication to recruiting top physician talent and emphasizing research. Dr. Anand is an important part of Le Bonheur’s vision for the future as we work to redefine the standard of pediatric care.”

According to Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO, “Dr. Anand brings to Memphis the international stature, academic vision and clinical leadership that will take pediatric critical care medicine to even greater heights. He has those unique talents required to synergize the outstanding programs that already exist at St. Jude, Le Bonheur and UT, and create something that will set our medical center apart from others.”

Dr. Anand received his medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in Indore, India, and completed his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford’s Jesus College in Oxford, England. His appointment is jointly announced by Dr. Chesney, Armour and Dr. Evans.

The national search for this position was conducted by Millican Solutions Inc.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Founded in 1952, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center is the Mid-South’s first and only comprehensive pediatric medical facility. Every year Le Bonheur treats almost 140,000 children from 47 states and many countries. Le Bonheur is home to one of the nation’s 10 busiest pediatric emergency departments and hosts one of the largest pediatric surgical brain tumor programs. For more information, please visit www.lebonheur.org.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.