Nashville Lifestyles Women in Business 2015
Meet 10 of the leaders moving this city forward.
Written By: Erin B. Murray, Anna Kate Read & Kristin Luna
Photographers: Shannon Fontaine
Dr. Meg Rush — Executive Medical Director and Chief of Staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University
What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your job today?
Healthcare is changing rapidly—probably faster than at any other time since immediately post-World War II. The way we deliver healthcare is evolving so fast that it is hard to keep up with the next ‘trend.’ As a leader in healthcare in a major academic medical center, I think the greatest challenge I face is how to balance the tremendous value of the approach of academic medicine—that is to say the three part mission of clinical care, discovery and education---with the fast paced increased consumerism that is hitting healthcare.
In your mind, what has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
Raising my two daughters—balancing a professional career and still being engaged with them was not always easy. While I did not do this perfectly, my daughters have always known that they were and are my priority. They have chosen their own career paths with a sense of independence and strength that I feel I helped to shape throughout their lives.