Wright Pinson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Vanderbilt Health System. Recently, he helped organize the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, a 50 hospital affiliated system covering the state of Tennessee and is the chairman of the board.
Dr. Pinson attended Miami University and the University of Colorado, graduating in 1974 with distinction in Physics. While an engineer for IBM, he completed a Master’s in Business Administration (finance) in 1976. A 1980 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he trained in general surgery (OHSU) and completed three fellowships, one as an American Heart Fellow in cardiovascular physiology; one in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery at the Lahey Clinic; and one in transplantation at Harvard University/Deaconess Hospital. He is boarded in surgery and in critical care.
Dr. Pinson started the first liver transplantation program in the Pacific Northwest, the first liver transplantation program in the V.A. system, and was then recruited to Vanderbilt University as Professor of Surgery to start the liver transplant program and liver surgery division in 1990. While he was the Director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center from 1993-2011, 6500 transplants of all types were performed. From 1993-2004, he served as the Interim Chair, Vice-Chair and then H. William Scott Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery.
Since 1997, Dr. Pinson has devoted time to administration of VUMC. He served as Chief of Staff of the Vanderbilt Hospital (1997-2004). From 2004 to 2009, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer responsible for VUMC quality and safety programs and also for business development.
Dr. Pinson has been active in teaching medical students and residents and has served as the program director for the Vanderbilt Integrated General Surgery Residency Program. He cofounded the Masters in Management in Health Care program and is a Professor at the Owen Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Pinson has been an active clinical and laboratory investigator in the field of transplantation surgery and received numerous grants, the Sawyers research award, and the Liddle research mentoring award. He has been on the editorial board of Annals of Surgery, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver Transplantation and a regional editor of HPB. Dr. Pinson is a Past President of the AHPBA and the IHPBA. He is the 2015 recipient of the AHPBA Distinguished Service Award.