Four new leaders have been appointed at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine in Chattanooga. The appointments were made by David Stern, MD, the Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine.
Robert C. Fore, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP, is now serving as interim dean for the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga. Charles Campbell, MD, has been named associate dean for Clinical Affairs. Thomas G. Devlin, MD, PhD, CPI, has been appointed the founding chair of the Department of Neurology. Louis Lambiase, MD, is the new chair of the Department of Medicine.
These leaders bring proven academic, clinical and research expertise to help further the UTHSC College of Medicine’s mission to improve health and health care on a local, state, national and international level, Dean Stern said.
“I am pleased Dr. Fore has assumed the interim leadership role for our College of Medicine in Chattanooga,” Dean Stern said. “I know that his extensive experience in graduate and continuing medical education will be a major asset, as we continue to train the highest-quality physicians of the future.”
Dr. Campbell is a recognized leader in the field of cardiology, Dean Stern said. “I am confident that he will take us to the next level in patient care, research and education.”
Dr. Devlin’s appointment meshes with the UTHSC College of Medicine’s focus on stroke. Because Tennessee is in the “Stroke Belt,” the states in the southeastern United States that register highest for incidence of stroke, the UTHSC College of Medicine has set battling stroke as one of its priorities, and recently launched a Mobile Stroke Unit in Memphis equipped with the most up-to-date equipment for diagnosing and treating strokes in the field.
“Dr. Tom Devlin is an internationally renowned clinician and researcher,” Dean Stern said. “He brings world-class stroke care to southeast Tennessee.”
Dean Stern cited Dr. Lambiase’s experience as a clinician, researcher and educator. “He will strengthen the medical education efforts of the UT College of Medicine. ”
Dr. Fore, who has an impressive history of academic leadership, assumed the role of interim dean after David Seaberg, MD, CPE, FACEP, stepped down from the position. Dr. Seaberg continues as chair of Emergency Medicine in Chattanooga.
In 2007, Dr. Fore was appointed professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga, and was also named associate dean for Continuing Medical Education for the statewide UTHSC campus system. He serves as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Designated Institutional Official for the Chattanooga campus, and has been an accreditation surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for 30 years.
Dr. Campbell, who has been the chief of the division of Cardiovascular Medicine for the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga and Erlanger Health Systems, received his MD from Michigan State University. He did his residency training in internal medicine at Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and served as a critical care air transport team leader in Balad, Iraq, and Ramstein, Germany. Besides his clinical work, he has held many academic leadership roles. His research efforts have included studies related to cardiovascular disease, as well as opioid dependency. Dr. Campbell successfully established a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship in Chattanooga, serving as its first program director. The first three fellows began training in July 2015.
Dr. Devlin, who received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine, joined UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga in 2009. Among many leadership positions during his career, he has been director of the National Stroke Intervention Training Center, medical director of the Pleiades Foundation for Advanced Neuro-Medical Education, medical director of the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, founder and executive director of the Chattanooga Network for Stroke, and founder and director of the Chattanooga Stroke Conference. He completed his residency training in neurology at Duke University, and a fellowship in neuro-critical care and EEG at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lambiase, a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh/Presbyterian Hospital, and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He has held academic and clinical leadership roles at Tulane University School of Medicine, the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville. He is the recipient of numerous research grants. He has been with the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga since 2009, where he has been professor of both internal medicine and surgery, and has served as assistant dean for Clinical Affairs since 2009. Recently, Dr. Lambiase successfully established a gastroenterology fellowship in Chattanooga, and served as its program director. The first fellow will begin training in July.
Established in 1973 as a branch campus of the UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis, the Chattanooga campus provides training for junior and senior medical students, as well as residency and fellowship programs. For more information, visit www.comchattanooga.uthsc.edu. The College of Medicine also has campuses in Nashville and Knoxville.