Council Fellows

January 8, 2024

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Announces Class of 2024

Nashville Health Care Council Fellows Announces Class of 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 8, 2024) — The Nashville Health Care Council today announced the 2024 Class of the Council Fellows program. The Council Fellows will welcome 32 leaders, selected from healthcare companies of all sizes and sectors, who are poised to move our nation’s healthcare industry forward.

Members of the 2024 Council Fellows class include:

  • 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

Now in its 11th year, the Council Fellows program connects the healthcare industry’s brightest minds, most influential leaders and top drivers of change. Each year, the highly competitive program exposes a cohort of roughly 30 executive leaders to a curriculum specifically designed to build new perspectives and to generate new ideas for addressing the industry’s most pressing challenges. The five-month intensive program is led by a faculty of industry experts who will address topics such as data and AI, cost of care, and social determinants of health.

Applications for Council Fellows open in the fall and a new class is announced in January for that year’s cohort.

This year, the Council received a record number of applications for its flagship program.

“We are incredibly proud that the Council Fellows program continues to attract top level leaders from companies within and outside of our ecosystem” said Apryl Childs-Potter, president of the Nashville Health Care Council. “This class represents a snapshot of the healthcare industry. We can’t wait to see the collaboration, innovations and connections that are born out of this dynamic group.”

As the organization works to continue to reflect Nashville’s evolving healthcare ecosystem, the Council has prioritized efforts to expand the program’s geographic reach and to diversify the applicant pool. The candidate pool represented the highest number of out-of-state applicants, the most diverse representation of industry subsectors and the highest percentage of diverse candidates in terms of race, gender, and ethnicity.

“We are excited about the Fellows class of 2024. A great cross section of healthcare that will experience a one-of-a-kind opportunity together,” said Michael Burcham, Council Fellows Chair.

For the first time, Nashville Health Care Council Fellows will be participating in the Council’s Delegation to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

“We are thrilled to bring this established group of powerful minds together, and to continue to create the space for the most inspiring conversations in health care,” said Lydie Marc, Council Fellows Senior Director. “We need these leaders’ engagement now more than ever to continue the Council’s mission to strengthen and elevate Nashville as the Healthcare City.”

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

For more information and to stay up to date on this year’s Council Fellows Class, visit


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