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Centennial Announces New Chief Medical Officer

October 06, 2008

Ravi S. Chari, M.D., M.B.A.  has been named the new Chief Medical Officer at Centennial Medical Center, part of the TriStar Health System.  Most recently, he was Chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, and Professor of Surgery and Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Staff Surgeon at the Nashville VA Hospital.

"We are privileged to have such an accomplished healthcare leader, who will bring  to our organization a wealth of experience and enthusiasm," says Tom Herron, president and chief executive officer of Centennial Medical Center. "I am extremely pleased that Dr. Chari has chosen to continue his career at Centennial, where he can put his vast knowledge to work for our patients and staff."

In his new role, Dr. Chari will be responsible for overseeing the medical affairs of Centennial Medical Center and for the supervision of staff operations of the Medical Staff Office and the Center for Research and Education.  Dr. Chari will play a significant role in quality and utilization analysis, pathway development, and working to improve physician practice patterns and improving physician relations, in addition to serving as an active member of the hospital’s administrative team, according to Herron.

"I look forward to working with the team at Centennial Medical Center to continue providing excellent service for our patients," says Dr. Chari. "Centennial plays such a pivotal role in providing Middle Tennesseans with quality health care services, and I look forward to furthering the growth and development of this facility and the entire Tri-Star Health system."

Dr. Chari attended the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated in 1989 and was awarded the W.S. Lindsay Gold Medal for finishing first in his class, and was also awarded the MacLean Medal in Surgery, the Department of Medicine Medal in Medicine and the Leetch Prize in Anesthesiology. He completed his surgical residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Following the completion of his residency, he entered fellowship training at the University of Toronto in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ Transplantation. In 2008 he graduated from the Executive MBA program at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, where he received the Dean’s Award for finishing first in his class. His first staff appointment was Assistant Professor of Surgery and Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the UMass Memorial Health Center.

Recently named a Thomson’s 100 Top Hospital, Centennial Medical Center, part of TriStar Health System®, is a 665-bed tertiary facility that has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Centennial Medical Center has been recognized as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals in cardiovascular medicine, stroke service, orthopedics, and breast cancer management.