Jeffrey Balser
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs


In 2001, Dr. Balser was appointed chair of the department of anesthesiology. Under his leadership, Vanderbilt anesthesiology clinical, educational, and scientific programs diversified and expanded, becoming a premier department nationally. In 2004 he became Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for the Vanderbilt Medical Center, overseeing in enterprise-wide strategy, infrastructure, and investments in research during an expansion period where Vanderbilt moved into the top 10 in NIH funding.

In October 2008, he was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He has chaired the NIH Director's Pioneer Awards, is a member of American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In April 2009, Dr Harry Jacobson announced his retirement as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Dr. Balser was named as his successor.


The following timeline graph is generated from all co-authored publications.

Featured publications are shown below:

  1. Robust replication of genotype-phenotype associations across multiple diseases in an electronic medical record. Ritchie MD, Denny JC, Crawford DC, Ramirez AH, Weiner JB, Pulley JM, Basford MA, Brown-Gentry K, Balser JR, Masys DR, Haines JL, Roden DM (2010) Am J Hum Genet 86(4): 560-72
    › Primary publication · 20362271 (PubMed) · PMC2850440 (PubMed Central)
  2. Beyond Flexner: a new model for continuous learning in the health professions. Miller BM, Moore DE, Stead WW, Balser JR (2010) Acad Med 85(2): 266-72
    › Primary publication · 20107354 (PubMed)
  3. Functional Interactions between Distinct Sodium Channel Cytoplasmic Domains through the Action of Calmodulin. Potet F, Chagot B, Anghelescu M, Viswanathan PC, Stepanovic SZ, Kupershmidt S, Chazin WJ, Balser JR (2009) J Biol Chem 284(13): 8846-54
    › Primary publication · 19171938 (PubMed) · PMC2659242 (PubMed Central)