Dr. Jim SullIVant is expected to accept an appointment to become the University’s first woman gynecologists.
The news comes after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill this year that would provide for the hiring of a physician by the end of 2021.
Sullivants appointment will begin next month and will take place at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is expected be the first female physician in Tennessee.
Sue Ann DeWitt, president and CEO of the American Society of Clinical Gynecologists, welcomed the news.
“It’s been an incredibly long journey for gynecological specialists, but it’s exciting to see a surgeon with such deep knowledge and expertise taking this step to become a gynecologic doctor,” DeWits statement said.
“Dr. Sully is an excellent candidate to serve as the new chief of staff and head of the department, and we look forward to welcoming her to the University and our community.”
The bill, which passed both chambers in April, required all state-licensed physicians and surgeons in Tennessee to have at least a bachelor’s degree and completed an internship or residency program, as well as completed a training program.
The bill also requires all medical schools to have a full-time and graduate medical education program.
Suffice it to say, it was a long, difficult journey for Sullivas medical education.
He received his undergraduate medical education at the University, but was rejected for residency because he didn’t have enough experience.
He also missed out on receiving his M.D. from Vanderbilt.
After graduating from Vanderbilt, Sulliva became a resident of the hospital and later worked at a private practice, but he never had the chance to practice gynecologically.
He decided to pursue his bachelor’s in obstetrics and gynecography, but failed to graduate.
Sulivas career trajectory was not ideal.
In 2009, he was the youngest of two boys to graduate from Vanderbilt University’s medical school.
His parents both had to take out loans to pay for tuition and housing, and his father, who was a surgeon, took on a new job to provide for his family.
Sulla’s father had to borrow money from friends and family to get by.
After completing his degree, Sulla returned to Vanderbilt to pursue a surgical residency.
He also was the first male surgeon in the state of Tennessee to receive an M.S. in gyneciatrics, which required a bachelor of arts degree.
Sulla went on to obtain a bachelor degree in clinical gynecrology, which he completed at Vanderbilt.
He earned a master’s degree in gynecomastia, an area of surgery, in 2016.
In 2017, Sully graduated from Vanderbilt and took a position as the chief of surgical residency at Vanderbilt, a position that required a specialty in gynaecology.
He was promoted to chief of gynecologics in February, and was given a three-year appointment as a resident in July.
In 2018, Sulerts first wife, Lisa, passed away.
He is survived by his son, Brandon, and a daughter, Taylor.
He has three grandchildren, two of whom are in college.