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Of Note: 9 March 2020

Of Note: 9 March 2020

Dr. Robin Williams has been named president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine.

Williams (pictured) is the first African American to be elected to the role for what is the oldest medical society in Tennessee, founded in 1821. 

Williams specializes in breast surgery with Saint Thomas Medical Partners and is a former president of Tennessee Women in Medicine. 

“What an amazing opportunity,” Williams said in a release. “NAM is 2,300 strong, and that number is powerful. With our collective voices, this is the year of opportunity.”  

Of note, the Medical Foundation of Nashville, the philanthropic arm of the academy, has provided nearly $44 million in donated medical charity care through Project Access Nashville Specialty Care. 

Dr. V. Seenu Reddy, with TriStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery, is immediate past-president of the academy and has been named chair of the board of directors for this year.

Joining Williams and Reddy on the 2020 Nashville Academy of Medicine Board of directors are the following:

• Nicole Schlechter, MD – 2021 President-Elect, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
• James Powers, MD – Secretary/Treasurer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
• Michael Beckham, MD – Beckham Internal Medicine
• David Duong, MD – Urology Associates
• Cindy Le, MD – Anesthesia Medical Group
• George “Trey” Lee, MD – Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates
• Rodney Lewis, MD – Heritage Medical Associates
• Lael Luedtke, MD – Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance
• Adrian Rodriguez, MD – Nashville Skin
• Gregg Shepard, MD – Tennessee Oncology
• M. Kevin Smith, MD – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
• Richard Soper, MD – Center for Behavioral Wellness

The Medical Foundation of Nashville also named its 2020 officers:

• Ralph Atkinson, III, MD – Board Chair, Nephrology Associates
• Christopher Ott, MD – Vice Chair, HCA Physician Services
• Michel McDonald, MD – Secretary/Treasurer, Vanderbilt Dermatology

AMG opens Franklin ketamine clinic

The AMG Ketamine Wellness Center has opened at 1909 Mallory Lane, Suite 300, in Cool Springs as an alternative for patients who have not found an effective treatment for depression, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD and other conditions.

The center is affiliated with Anesthesia Medical Group, which is one of the largest physician-led anesthesia practices in the country and a part of PhyMed. Randall Malchow is its medical director.

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that has been administered by anesthesiologists since 1970. For those suffering from chronic pain, it can also reduce or even eliminate their need for opioids. Malchow recently published a paper in the Journal of Anesthesia Clinical Research that provides new evidence that the use of a standardized ketamine infusion protocol coupled with a rapid opioid detoxification results in a high rate of prolonged opioid cessation, decreases chronic pain and minimizes opioid withdrawal.

Music City Irish Fest to benefit tornado relief effort

Officials overseeing the upcoming Music City Irish Fest have announced a portion of the proce of the event will benefit #TN Strong Benefiting TN Tornado Relief. 

King Hospitality Group is organizing and producing the event, which will take place from Saturday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 17 (Saint Patrick’s Day) at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. King Hospitality is expecting 100,000 attendees during the four-day run.

“We are hoping our city comes together for fellowship, food and a toast to the Volunteer state,” Michael King, owner of Monell’s Restaurants and King Hospitality Group, said in a release. “We will sing, dance, eat and drink as we celebrate and support our neighbors in need.”

In addition to authentic Celtic food, whiskey and beer, Music City Irish Fest (now in its fifth year) will offer music. Brenda Willis, a founding creator of MCIF, is overseeing the musicians and dancers, many direct from Ireland.

Daily performance schedules are on-line now.

MCIF is a free event on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, with VIP tickets upgrades available each day. VIP guests will enjoy access to a
luxury, tented VIP lounge, with all-you-can-eat Irish fare, an MCIF commemorative pint glass, two drink tokens, a VIP bar and “Hollywood style restrooms.” VIP guests also receive a discount on the Shamrock and Champagne Sunday Brunch. Monday evening’s ticketed event, The Emerald Isle Whiskey Dinner, is an experiential tour of tasting stations.

MCIF hours are:
Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, March 16, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (special event night – ticket required)
Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

King Hospitality Group is an event production company known for Nashville Oktoberfest. Last fall, more than 300,000 people attended that event.

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Hands On Nashville launches 10,000 for 10

Hands On Nashville is launching 10,000 for 10, a community-wide, month-long call to action for volunteerism presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

Co-chaired by Mayor John Cooper and former Mayor Karl Dean, the initiative invites 10,000 “Nashville natives and newcomers to reflect, serve and celebrate the spirit of service that emerged in the wake of the 2010 Great Flood, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

During the historic flood, HON served as the central clearinghouse for disaster response volunteers, facilitating an extraordinary effort that ultimately connected nearly 200,000 volunteers to recovery work.

Beginning April 2 through HON Day on May 2, HON will host volunteer projects at local nonprofits, schools and Metro agencies. Registration opens March 2 for all volunteer opportunities at the 10,000 for 10 website.

The initiative will feature a series of volunteer opportunities throughout the month, bookended by two events:

The 34th Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, on April 2, is HON’s annual ceremony to honor local volunteers. This year’s luncheon will feature a special flood commemoration video to recognize the volunteers who played a significant role in disaster recovery.

HON Day, May 2, is the nonprofit’s annual citywide day of service, which brings together thousands of volunteers to complete done-in-a-day projects at local nonprofits, schools and civic agencies.

“Our 10,000 for 10 initiative is a chance to honor the sacrifice and services of the initial flood response volunteers, while carrying their spirit forward into the present and future,” HON President and CEO Lori Shinton said in the release. “We call on everyone to commemorate a profound moment in our history, when devastation gave way to inspiration, and neighbors, friends and strangers joined forces to help our city.”

Send info to wwilliams@nashvillepost.com.