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Well-Being Task Force

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In partnership with our  primary training site and our major affiliated hospital, Erlanger Health System (EHS), our campus (The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga) has initiated a program and appointed a joint Well-Being Task Force that are dedicated to:

  • Understanding and promoting healthcare professionals, physicians, and trainees engagement and well-being
  • Providing resources for healthcare professionals, physicians, and trainees that help them promote their own wellness
  • Discovering personal and organizational approaches to prevent and address healthcare professionals, physicians, and trainees distress
  • Creating a workplace culture that is energy replenishing

Important Well-Being Task Force Links:


  • Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, F-RCP, London
    Professor and Assistant Dean for Well-Being and Medical Student Education 


  • Natasha Amjed, DO, PGY-3, Internal Medicine Resident; Chair of the Resident Wellness Subcommittee; and Member of the Resident Advisory Board
  • Elizabeth Appling, Chief Diversity Officer, Erlanger Health System
  • Donald Barker, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer and Professor, Surgery, Erlanger Health System (Baroness Erlanger Campus)
  • Stacey Blanks, C-TAGME, Program Coordinator, Urology Residency
  • Douglas Brewer, MD, MS, FASCRS, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, Erlanger Medical Group (EMG)
  • Steve Burkett, Vice President, Network Development and the Erlanger Medical Group (EMG)
  • Floyd Chasse, MS, MPHR, Vice President, Human Resources, Erlanger Health System
  • Alexandria Cooke, MD, Faculty, Family Medicine
  • Gregory Daniel, Chaplain Services, Erlanger Health System
  • "Nico" Domingo, MD, Faculty, Plastic Surgery
  • Hayley Everett, MD, PGY-4, Surgery Resident; House Staff Association President; and Chair of the Resident Advisory Board
  • Robert C. Fore, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/DIO
  • W. Heath Giles, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Surgery Residency 
  • Charles Gober, MD, PGY-2, Family Medicine Resident; and TMA Governing Council Board of Trustee Delegate
  • W. Douglas Gregorie, MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency 
  • Rachel Harris, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Erlanger Health System
  • Audrey Haywood, MD, UT Erlanger Respiratory and Critical Care
  • James W. Haynes, MD, FAAFP, Chair, Family Medicine
  • Jacqueline Hogan, CAP, GME Financial Specialist 
  • Jessica Howell, RN, Program Coordinator, MIGS Fellowship; and Navigator, GYN Oncology Women's Services, Erlanger Health System
  • William L. Jackson Jr., MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Erlanger Health System
  • Kimberly Judd, MSEd, C-TAGME, GME Lead Coordinator 
  • Jessie Kelly, LMFT, GME Counselor/Advocate
  • Jessica Lange, MD, Instructor, Urology
  • Sudave Mendiratta, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor and Chair, Emergency Medicine
  • Sharif Murphy, MD,  Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology (representing the Medicine Fellowships)
  • Jetina Okereke, MD, Instructor and Administrative Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (representing the Internal Medicine Residency)
  • Chris Poole, MD, Medical Staff Representative, Erlanger Health System
  • Charlean Roberson, Behavioral Health SS/DA, Erlanger Health System
  • Pamela Scott, C-TAGME, Director, Graduate and Medical Student Education
  • R. Bruce Shack, MD, FACS, Professor and Dean, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
  • Laurie-Anne Swaby, MD, Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology
  • Julie Taylor, Vice President and  Development Officer, Erlanger Foundation
  • Heather Urrego, DO, Faculty, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ravi Viradia, MD, PGY-7, 2nd Year Plastic Surgery Resident; and Vice Chair of the Governing Council, Tennessee Medical Association (TMA)
  • David Wallace, MD, Neurosurgeon, UT Erlanger Neurosurgery
  • Amy Wells, MD, Assistant Program Director, Pediatrics Residency
  • Charles Woods, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Children's Hospital at Erlanger; and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  • Chris Young, MD, Chief, Erlanger Medical Staff
  • Robert Zylstra, EdD, LCSW, Professor, Assistant Program Director, and Director of Behavioral Science, Family Medicine

The Well-Being Task Force scheduled meetings for 2021-2022 are:

  • Wednesday, 7/21/2021 (held via Zoom, 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET)
  • Wednesday, 10/20/2021 (held via Zoom, 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET)
  • Thursday, 1/20/2022 (to be held in the Erlanger POB Conference Room off the B Elevator, 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET in person)
  • Thursday, 4/21/2022 (to be held in the Erlanger POB Conference Room off the B Elevator, 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET in person)

A revision is being emailed to all Well-Being Task Force members.  For in-person meetings, everyone should be masked and physically distanced until further notice.

Last Published: Oct 14, 2021