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Tennessee Physicians Graduate from John Ingram Institute for Physician Leadership


NASHVILLE, TENN. – The 2023 John Ingram Institute (JII) for Physician Leadership concluded in July with 19 new graduates. Physicians from across the state enrolled in the Tennessee Medical Association’s 2023 Leadership Lab and Immersion program classes. 

The 2023 Leadership Immersion program featured the following graduates: Barbara Dentz, MD, Lauren Havrilla, DO, Jonathan Hughes, MD, Dontal Johnson, MD, Trey Lee, MD, Ana Nobis, MD, Dominic Papa, MD, Michael Riker, MD, Leslie Treece, MD and Nathaniel Whaley, MD (bottom photo).

The 2023 Leadership Lab graduates included: Chetan Aher, MD, Kanika Bagai, MD, Sarah Essary, MD, Lara Harvey, MD, Harish Manyam, MD, Pamela Sanders, MD, Daniel Sherwood, MD and Allison Umfress, MD (top photo).

The JII’s two programs offer the chance for Tennessee physicians to develop into well-rounded leaders. 

“TMA placed a priority on identifying and cultivating new physician leaders over 12 years ago," said TMA Chief Executive Officer Russ Miller. "This program continues to pay huge dividends for TMA, the physicians and society as a whole. The John Ingram Institute fortifies physicians with the skills they need to drive change within their individual careers and practices.”

The Lab program helps physicians acquire the skills needed to become quality leaders in team care by undertaking a course project. The Immersion program, meanwhile, offers physicians foundational training and skill development which helps them excel in leadership positions. The institute, sponsored by The Physicians Foundation, is now accepting applications from TMA members for its 2024 programs at

TMA is the state’s largest professional association for physicians, serving nearly 10,000 members. The association improves the health of Tennesseans by bringing all physicians together in efforts to continually improve the effectiveness of physician care and ensure proper policy to serve the best interests of patients and the profession. Learn more at