Leadership and Legacy

Collaboration enables our industry to thrive. Leaders, like you, make it happen.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, Ph.D.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. and Larry Van Horn, Ph.D.

The Nashville Health Care Council launched Council Fellows in 2013, to engage and connect the leaders who will shape the future of our industry. Since then, our program has been co-chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Larry Van Horn, Ph.D., professor of health care management and economics at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Nashville provides Council Fellows with exposure to the leaders who have created the world’s most prominent health care organizations and to those who are introducing revolutionary new models to market.

With an unmatched legacy as an incubator of health care providers, health services start-ups and professional service firms, Nashville serves as home to nearly 20 publicly traded health care companies and a health care industry which generates nearly $100 billion in annual revenues.

Council Fellows has established an Advisory Board to curate cutting-edge curriculum, extend the reach of recruitment and bolster facilitation of this unique program. These luminaries serve as representatives and spokespeople at the national level. To date, advisory board members include:

  • Nancy-Ann DeParle
  • David Dill
  • Senator William Frist, M.D.
  • James Hildreth, Ph. D, M.D.

  • Tony Iton, M.D., JD, MPH
  • Todd Park
  • Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP

Meet Michael Burcham, Chair of the Council Fellows

Michael supports and leads dialogue in the classroom. With deep experience in health care innovation, entrepreneurship and executive coaching, he brings tremendous value to the Council Fellows program.

“Council Fellows enables the beginning of honest discussions delving into topics that must be addressed within our industry. Hands-on immersion activities and social events help program participants forge lifelong bonds that offer guidance when it counts. The Council Fellows experience is an invaluable one to leaders across health care.”

Past Faculty

Top health care leaders from around the country engage with the Council Fellows throughout the program. Past faculty members include:

  • Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
  • George Barrett, Former CEO, Cardinal Health
  • Christopher Chen, M.D., CEO, ChenMed
  • Aneesh Chopra, President, CareJourney
  • Toby Cosgrove, Former CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Rushika Fernandopulle M.D., M.P.P., Co-founder and CEO, Iora Health

  • Regina E. Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Marty Makary, Surgeon and Bestselling Author
  • Michael Porter, Professor of Strategy, Harvard University
  • Susan Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures

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