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May 16, 2024

Nashville Health Care Council Celebrates 2024 Fellows Program Graduates

Nashville Health Care Council Celebrates 2024 Fellows Program Graduates 
Intensive program inspires and invests in healthcare leaders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Health Care Council today announced the graduation of the 2024 Council Fellows cohort. Alongside this milestone, the 2024 Council Fellows class boasts the broadest spectrum of healthcare industry subsectors to date, reflecting a wide array of expertise and experience.  

Council Fellows, a program of the Nashville Health Care Council, is a five-month intensive program convening the nation’s brightest healthcare minds for intentional dialogue about challenges, opportunities and pivotal moments in the industry. The program leverages expertise, collaboration and curiosity to transform Council Fellows through innovation and leadership.  

“The Nashville Health Care Council is incredibly proud that the Council Fellows program continues to attract top-level leaders from across healthcare. The Council Fellows program expands the Council’s nationwide network of healthcare leaders committed to addressing the industry’s greatest challenges and creates purposeful space for inspiring healthcare conversations. We know that the cohort of leaders from the 2024 class will continue to inspire collaboration and innovation that will move our industry forward,” said Apryl Childs-Potter, President, Nashville Health Care Council. 

Led by Michael Burcham, Council Fellows Chair, Chief of Strategy & Talent Development, 

Shore Capital Partners, the program’s curriculum is designed to provide Council Fellows with depth of issues, insights and opportunities within the key domains of healthcare. 

“It has been a privilege to guide and support the talented individuals of the 2024 class throughout their journey,” said Council Fellows Chair Michael Burcham. “Their passion, expertise, and willingness to embrace new ideas have made this cohort truly exceptional. I am confident that they will continue to make significant contributions to the healthcare landscape and lead with integrity and vision.” 

The Council Fellows program is presented in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of 
Tennessee, Community Health Systems, HCA Healthcare, Lifepoint Health, Optum and Shore Capital Partners, LLC. 

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows are pivotal in elevating healthcare in Middle Tennessee and beyond, championing the Council’s impact through thought leadership and compelling narratives. With a focus on cultivating a healthy business environment, Council Fellows educate stakeholders and policymakers, advocating for issues crucial to industry growth and sustainability.   

“I am continually inspired by the dedication and innovation displayed by each member of the 2024 class,” said Lydie Marc, Council Fellows Senior Director. “The collaborative spirit and commitment to driving positive change within the healthcare industry are commendable. I look forward to witnessing the impact of their leadership as they embark on the next phase of their professional journey.” 

The 2024 Council Fellows class includes:  

  • Alison Curfman, MD, MBA, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, Imagine Pediatrics 
  • Anurag Gupta, MD, MBA, CEO, Founder, Tembo Health 
  • April Hansen, RN, Group President, Aya Healthcare, Inc.
  • Chad Campbell, President, Region IV, Community Health Systems 
  • Chris Frost, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Lifepoint Communities, Lifepoint Health 
  • Chris Maxedon, VP, Provider Innovation, UnitedHealthcare Community & State 
  • Chris Moore, MSN, RN, Market Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ascension Saint Thomas 
  • Chris Poole, Managing Director, 25m Health 
  • Christine Cahill, Principal, Apollo Global Management 
  • Cynthia Meaux, Chief of Staff, Surgery Partners 
  • Franke P. Elliott, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Bloom Healthcare 
  • Greg Aaron, GVP/GM, Investor-Owned, Emerging Markets, State & Local Government, Oracle 
  • Jason Hailey, PharmD, Director, Corporate Pharmacy Affairs, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 
  • Jessica Lincoln, LCSW, Division President, Acadia Healthcare 
  • John Murdock, VP, Strategic Planning, Shore Capital Partners 
  • Jon Kaplan, Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group 
  • Lindsey Bussabarger, SVP, Insurance Controller, and Trend Analytics & Forecasting, Humana 
  • Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA, CEO, Grapevine Health 
  • Meryl Holt, JD, MBA, Head of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, Cadence 
  • Mike McAlevey, JD, Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer, HCA Healthcare 
  • Michael Vincent Smith, MD, CEO, Marti Inc. 
  • Nate Akers, Managing Director (ELT), HealthScape Advisors 
  • Nate Miller, MD, Regional Medical Director for Emergency Services, Vanderbilt University 
    Medical Center
  • Neal Khosla, CEO and Cofounder, Curai Health 
  • Ralph Alvarado, MD, FACP, Commissioner, State of TN Department of Health
  • Reginald Holt, President and CEO, Meharry Medical College Ventures, Inc.
  • Risa Weisberg, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, RealizedCare
  • Sean Murnane, Operating Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders
  • Teddy Hillard Jr, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. 
  • Tim McManus, National Group President, HCA Healthcare 
  • Tisha Holden, Vice President, Payment Integrity, Optum Insight 
  • Vijay Patel, Managing Partner, CVS Health Ventures 

Council Fellows forge powerful bonds and authentic relationships with program faculty, class members and alumni, which is maintained throughout its alumni network. Council Fellows Alumni are featured on the Fellows website at 

Applications for the 2025 Council Fellows class will open in Fall 2024. Interested individuals are invited to attend virtual and in-person open houses Sept. 4 or Oct. 3 to learn more about the program and the application process.  

About the Nashville Health Care Council 

The Nashville Health Care Council is dedicated to strengthening and elevating Nashville as The Healthcare City. With a $68 billion economic impact and 333,000 jobs locally, Nashville’s healthcare ecosystem stands as a world-class healthcare hub. Since its founding in 1995, the Council has served as the common ground for the city’s vibrant healthcare cluster, offering engagement opportunities where the industry’s most influential executives convene to exchange ideas, share solutions, build businesses, and grow leaders at every level.   

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