Business Briefs 1-12-2017

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-55-55-pmBass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to welcome 10 new associates to the firm.

The following four attorneys join the Corporate & Securities Practice Group, counseling clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities matters and filings.

Gardner B. Bell earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law (2016), an M.S. from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce (2011) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia (2010).

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-2-09-10-pmWilliam J. Kent earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2016), an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2011) and a B.B.A. from University of Georgia (2009).

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-16-pmWilliam N. Lay earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2016) and a B.A. from Rhodes College (2013).

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-23-pmCraig R. Turner earned a law degree from the Washington University School of Law (2016) and a B.M. from Vanderbilt University (2011).

The following two attorneys join the Healthcare Practice Group, providing healthcare regulatory counsel as it relates to compliance, operational and transactional matters.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-07-pmDerick Blakely earned a law degree from American University Washington College of Law (2016) and a B.A.

from the University of Virginia (2008). During law school, Blakely worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the D.C. Office of Inspector General where he  investigated and analyzed issues related to healthcare fraud and abuse.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-31-pmCraig Stewart earned a law degree from Belmont University College of Law (2016), earned a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama (2013), and earned a B.A. from Davidson College (2009).

The following three attorneys join the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group, representing clients in business disputes and breach of contract disputes.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-39-pmMargaret Dodson earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School (2016) and received a B.A. from the University of Georgia (2009).

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-47-pmSara Morgan earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School (2016) and received a B.A. from Purdue University (2010).

In addition, the following two attorneys have joined the firm:

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-56-55-pmBrett D. Good joins the Employee Benefits Practice Group, working with clients on the design, implementation and administration of qualified benefit plans, health and welfare benefit plans and deferred compensation packages. Good earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law (2016) and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University (2011).

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-01-pmKatherine Smalley joins the Real Estate & Commercial Finance Practice Group, advising public and private companies on commercial real estate and debt financing transactions. Smalley earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2016) and a B.S. from Centre College (2013).

Concept Technology

Concept Technology Inc., a leading provider of managed IT services in Nashville, has announced the addition of Sascha Koehler and Brittany Richards as support analysts and Kristin Young as marketing coordinator.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-15-pmBefore joining Concept Technology, Koehler worked as an electronic technician for TechServ Incorporated. Prior to that, he provided technical support as a call center agent for 1&1 Inter- net Service in Germany.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-22-pmRichards’ experience includes being a web services and IT administrator at Power-X Coating Systems as well as work at Honda of Murfreesboro.

As support analysts, Koehler and Richards will respond to and manage incoming client service requests.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-27-pmYoung joins the Concept Technology team from the Omni Hotel where she served as sales and marketing coordinator. Prior to that, she worked at the hotel’s store, Five & Tenn, as retail supervisor. As marketing coordinator, Young will develop and implement marketing strategies that further expand the reach of Middle Tennessee’s leading managed IT services provider.

Concept Technology provides IT services to small and mid-sized businesses in Nashville. James Fields founded the company in 2003 with a vision to be a company where the world’s top talent wants to work. Now with a staff of 50+ and growing, Concept Technology is one of the top IT companies in the region, serving 300 area businesses.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-36-pmAnna Rodriguez, BSN, has been selected to lead the oncology nursing enterprise as Associate Nursing Officer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).

Rodriguez who holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Administration is replacing Carol Eck, who spent more than 30 years in nursing leadership at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Eck retired in August.

Scott McCarver, Associate Operating Office for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-44-pmAs COO, McCarver is responsible for providing operational oversight of professional and ambulatory departments, clinical service lines and the Patient Care Centers and Institutes residing within the adult inpatient enterprise.

McCarver, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Mississippi State University, received a Master    of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-57-50-pmGowtham Jonna, M.D., senior retina fellow at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, recently received a Vitreo- Retinal Surgery Foundation (VRSF) Research Award.

The purpose of the award is to support young investigators conducting research on macular and retinal disease and to encourage a career devoted to retinal disease and research.

Jonna is working on a project with mentor Anthony Daniels, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Cancer Biology and Radiation Oncology, to better identify patients who are at risk for developing melanoma in the eye. He has been studying chloroidal nevi, pigmented tumors that arise within the support layer (choroid) beneath the retina in the back of the eye.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-58-02-pmH. Alex Brown, Ph.D., the Bixler-Johnson-Mayes Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, has been named interim director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB).

Brown succeeds Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology and Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, who was appointed dean of Basic Sciences in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine earlier this year.

Brown is a leader in the field of lipidomics, the application of analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry and systems biology to lipid profiling in cells and tissues. He has helped define the critical role that the enzyme phospholipase D (PLD) plays in intracellular lipid signaling pathways involved in growth promotion and invasive cancers.

Brown earned his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and did postdoctoral training at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. He began his independent research career at Cornell University before coming to Vanderbilt in 2002.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-1-58-10-pmLisa Kachnic, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been elected president of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). She assumed the role after being chosen president-elect of the organization in March 2014 and succeeds former ABR President Milton Guiberteau, M.D.

Kachnic officially began her role as president on Oct. 26 at the completion of the fall ABR meeting in California. Over the years, she has served in a volunteer role on many of the organization’s oversight committees and has been an elected member of their board since 2010.