News/Events: Reception honoring Kevin Churchwell, MD

On July 2, 2008, Dr. Kevin Churchwell, chief executive officer of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, was honored by the Foundation at a reception at the law offices of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville.  Over 70 people attended this event celebrating the significant contributions that Dr. Churchwell has made to the community as well as the profession of pediatrics. The reception also served as the first opportunity to unveil the Foundation’s new logo and brochure.


At the event to honor Dr. Kevin Churchwell, CEO of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (left to right): Patsy Powers, JD, Theo Morrison, Janet Smith, Deborah Usry, Kevin Churchwell, MD, Ruth Allen, Knox Brewer, Cathy Fenner. (Photo by Lee Wilson, Graphwit Consulting).

Dr. Churchwell was recently named as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine, which prompted the Foundation and Waller Lansden to host the event. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Churchwell is responsible for the hospital's day-to-day operations, financial performance, development, advocacy, community relations and strategic planning.  His research interests include INO therapy for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in pulmonary patients and new modalities for the treatment of sepsis in pediatric patients. Dr. Churchwell is especially involved in a community-based Health Outreach program for health improvement. 

Born and raised in East Nashville, where his parents still reside, Churchwell is a member of a well-known Nashville family. His father, Robert, was the first African-American reporter for a major southern metropolitan newspaper, the Nashville Banner. His mother, Mary, taught for 30 years in the Nashville public school system. He has four siblings -- his twin, Keith Churchwell, M.D., and brother Andre Churchwell, M.D., are both Vanderbilt cardiologists; Robert Jr. is an assistant principal at Gra-Mar Middle School in Nashville; and Marisa Churchwell Smith is a special education teacher in Augusta, Ga.   In accepting his award, Dr. Churchwell referenced his esteem for fellow pediatricians in attendance as well his commitment to the profession.  With his extended family joining him, Dr. Churchwell offered moving remarks on the importance of the health of children in Tennessee and the work we all do to address the needs in our state.