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Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D.

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Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Director since September 2022

Age 60

Dr. Balser has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (“VUMC”) since 2009, and has also served as Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine since 2008. Dr. Balser’s business experience includes large regional quaternary health delivery system leadership, human capital management, senior business management experience including a number of community hospital and medical practice acquisitions, overall risk management expertise through oversight of VUMC’s quality, compliance and corporate integrity activities, and financial expertise through management of its P&L and balance sheet and its separation from Vanderbilt University. His experience as a physician scientist includes leading NIH-funded research in various areas of pharmacogenomics and spearheading growth in personalized medicine at VUMC from research concepts to bedside care, integrating advances in informatics, discovery science, and precision genomics. He received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and an M.D. and Ph.D in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt. Dr. Balser is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on its governing council. He also currently serves on the boards of VUMC, Tulane University and the Nashville Health Care Council. He previously served on the board of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR; “Varian”), an oncology treatment device and software maker, from October 2018 until Varian was acquired by Siemens Healthineers AG in April 2021.


Dr. Balser’s extensive experience in a wide range of roles across health care organizations is an invaluable asset for the Board and its Medical Affairs Committee. The Board believes that Dr. Balser’s deep clinical expertise and leadership of a top integrated health system gives him the insight to help support the Company’s strategy to serve consumers wherever and whenever they need care.