Veronica Lawson Gunn Named Top State Medical Officer

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Publication Date: 2/11/2008


Dr. Veronica Lawson Gunn ’91 has been named chief medical officer for the state of Tennessee Department of Health. In that position, she will serve as medical director for the department and work to assess the health needs of Tennesseans and establish statewide health objectives.

Gunn comes to the Department of Health from the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination, where she has served as medical director since 2005. She also currently serves as assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a position she has held since 2002. Gunn also served as staff pediatrician at a number of hospitals in Baltimore, MD.

She earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She holds a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore.

Gunn belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Physicians’ Coalition and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and abstracts, and serves as a reviewer for professional journals including Pediatrics and the International Journal of Nursing Studies.