Longtime University of Tennessee Medical Center CMO to retire: 5 things to know

Jack Lacey, MD, senior vice president and CMO at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, will retire March 31, according to a news release.

Here are five things to know about Dr. Lacey.

1. He began his internal medicine practice in affiliation with the UT Medical Center in 1977, and has served as CMO of the hospital since 1998.

2. Aside from his physician and administrative roles at UT Medical Center, he helped create Knoxville Area Project Access, a partnership between the Knoxville Academy of Medicine and physicians and health systems in the Knoxville area that has provided pro bono primary and specialty healthcare services for the uninsured and medically underserved in the region for more than a decade.

3. He also previously was inaugural chairman of Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's health and wellness task force, which in 2013 revealed a plan to improve Tennessee's overall health as well as its standings in the annual America's Health Rankings study.

4. Last year, he received a Tennessee Hospital Association Award of Excellence for his service in the community, region and state.

5. Jerry Epps, MD, who most recently was chairman of the department of anesthesiology with the medical center and UT Graduate School of Medicine, will succeed Dr. Lacey as senior vice president and CMO.


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