C. Wright Pinson, MD
Deputy CEO/Chief Health System Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
C. Wright Pinson is deputy CEO/chief health system officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in physics; earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado while working as an engineer for IBM; and earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Pinson trained in general (Oregon Health & Science University), hepatobiliary (Lahey Clinic) and transplant surgery (Harvard/Deaconess Hospital), and he completed his boards in surgery and critical care. He joined the faculty at OHSU in surgery and physiology in 1988.
Dr. Pinson initiated the first liver transplantation program in the Pacific Northwest and the first liver transplantation program in the Veterans Health Administration system. He was recruited to Vanderbilt University in 1990 as professor of surgery to start the liver transplant program and liver surgery division. From 1993 to 2004, he was the interim chair, vice chair and chairman of the Department of Surgery. He was also program director for the Vanderbilt General Surgery Residency Program. He was director of the Transplant Center from 1993 to 2011, overseeing 6,500 transplantations. He has been an active clinical and laboratory investigator leading to 300 publications, numerous grants and several awards. Dr. Pinson served as chief of staff of the Vanderbilt hospitals from 1997 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009, as the associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs/CMO, he was responsible for VUMC’s business development and quality and safety programs, developing 800 clinical care pathways. In 2008, he co-founded the Master of Management in Health Care program and is a professor in the Owen Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Pinson became the deputy vice chancellor for health affairs/CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System in 2009. Beginning in 2011, he became president/chairman of the board of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. He currently serves on the board of the American Hospital Association and the Nashville Areas Chamber of Commerce, where he leads its five-year Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Cumberland University. He is past chairman of the board of the Tennessee Hospital Association and continues to serve on the Executive Committee.