Medical Director, Neonatology – Enjoy living less than an hour from downtown Nashville

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
September 27, 2023
Clarksville, TN


We’re seeking a Board-Certified Neonatologist to join the Department of Pediatrics and Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to serve as Medical Director of the Level II NICU at Tennova Healthcare Clarksville, located just 47 miles from downtown Nashville. BE/BC neonatologists interested in joining the team in Clarksville are also welcomed.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced neonatologist who will support and drive Vanderbilt’s commitment to clinical excellence, quality improvement and education, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. Academic rank, track and compensation will be dependent upon qualifications. Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a generous benefits package to the faculty.

Ranked #1 in Tennessee and sharing first place in the Southeast region by U.S. News & World Report in 2023-24, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the nation’s best in Neonatology (#22). In fact, the hospital is one of only 23 hospitals in the nation ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs, and its NICU was one of the first hospital programs in the world to care specifically for preterm infants.

The hospital’s main Level IV NICU is a regional perinatal center for Tennessee, and the Division participates actively in the Tennessee Initiative for Quality Perinatal Care. The neonatologists work closely with their obstetric colleagues and the Tennessee Department of Health to promote access to care and outreach education to reduce preterm birth, maternal mortality and infant mortality.

In addition to the 119-bed NICU at the Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennova Healthcare Clarksville is one of three hospitals where Vanderbilt provides full-time neonatology services. The 12-bed Level II NICU is staffed 24 hours a day by in-house neonatal nurse practitioners supervised by three neonatologists who are on-call for after-hours needs. In addition, a busy labor and delivery service (with more than 2,000 deliveries a year) and a well-baby nursery (adjacent to the NICU) staffed by VUMC hospitalists are located on site. Specialists at VUMC are available for consultation, and the neonatal transport team can provide transfer of babies to the Level IV NICU at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville when needed. The team also includes neonatal registered nurses certified by the American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), respiratory therapists, international board-certified lactation consultants, registered dietitians and social workers.

About the Area

As a resident of Clarksville, you’ll enjoy a charming Southern environment on the banks of the Cumberland River with easy access to big-city amenities and events. Clarksville has preserved its small-town feel while it has grown to be Tennessee’s fifth-largest city and one of the state’s fastest-growing areas; in fact, it trails Chattanooga by only 7,112 fewer residents in 2023.

Clarksville’s cost of living is among the state’s lowest, and you’ll find a diverse and extremely affordable mix of housing here, including city, suburban and rural environments, along with high-quality schools. Home to Austin Peay State University, a Division 1 school, Clarksville is also home to Fort Campbell, a U.S. Army base, that’s about 10 miles from downtown and straddles the Tennessee/Kentucky state line. Downtown Clarksville is historic and offers a year-round calendar of community events, including the annual Riverfest, along with a farmers’ market, shopping, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, coffee shops, 18 “challenge” trails, an active live music scene, sports, and a wealth of public art, which make it the hidden gem of Middle Tennessee.

Located less than an hour’s drive away is Nashville, the country music capital of the United States and Tennessee’s state capital. The Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Country Music Hall of Fame, plus professional sports, shopping, nightlife, top-notch restaurants, and culture make Nashville one of our nation’s most exciting cities — and it’s all in your backyard.

In addition, Tennessee residents enjoy the benefit of no state income tax. 

For more details about this exceptional opportunity, please email your CV and cover letter to Glenda Church Smith, Principal, Pediatric Search Partners, at, call (877) 440-3832, or text to (214) 840-3094. 



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