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VOL. 130 | NO. 156 | Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Shibata Named UTHSC Chair of Surgery

By Kate Simone

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Dr. David Shibata has been named the Scheinberg Endowed Chair of Surgery and a professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

His responsibilities as chair will include supervision of around 50 faculty members and 50 residents participating in research, education and clinical services at affiliated hospitals that include Methodist UT Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Regional One Health, Saint Francis Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.


Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Experience: I have been very fortunate to have been trained and employed at several world-renowned institutions, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., where I completed my residency in general surgery and a research fellowship in cancer biology; and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where I completed a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology. For the past 11 years, I have worked at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., where I was a professor of surgery and oncology.

Family: I have been married to my wife, Julie, for almost 20 years. We have two teenage children, Matthew, 16, and Allison, 13.

Favorite quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Favorite movie: “The Godfather” – once you get started, you can’t stop watching

The sports team(s) you root for: New England Patriots (deflated footballs and all).

What’s playing on your stereo right now? An audiobook, “Edge of Eternity,” by Ken Follett

What talent do you wish you had? I play the piano, but given its lack of portability, I have always wished that I could play the guitar.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents. By example, they instilled the importance of education, hard work and dedication.

What attracted you to your company? The UT Department of Surgery has great doctors and staff working within it and has tremendous potential for even further growth.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Alongside my wife, raising two respectful, hard-working and accomplished children.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Being an academic physician allows for such diversity in one’s work. Between taking care of patients, teaching young physicians and performing cancer research, every single minute of the work day is highly fulfilling.


Jeff Weintraub, regional managing partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP in Memphis, has been appointed Small Business Council chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber. In his new role, Weintraub will oversee the functions and direction of the Small Business Council, including leading the task force chairs with various responsibilities. He is also a member of the chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.



Lynne Walker has been promoted to executive vice president of affinity banking strategy at First Tennessee to enhance the strategy for diversity and inclusion in the company and its communities. Walker was promoted from senior vice president of treasury management. She has more than 30 years of banking experience.

Tyler Hampton, executive director of SRVS, has been elected president of Tennessee Community Organizations, the state’s largest trade association for intellectual and developmental disability services providers. Hampton has been executive director of SRVS since 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, budget management, government and community relations, and organizational development.

Cara McHugh has returned to Tennessee Shakespeare Co. as education and community relations manager after serving as TSC’s 2013-2014 Journeyman Artist-Manager. McHugh received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville in 2013. While in Louisville, Cara taught children’s theater at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers. She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University.

Rick Gering has been named lead pastor at Central Church in Collierville following a 10-month nationwide search. Gering has spent 21 years in full-time ministry, most recently serving as lead pastor of Sugar Grove Church in Goshen, Ind., for eight years.

Melonie Ducre Johnson has joined MGM Resorts International as general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role, Johnson is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the property while providing strategic direction for all divisions. She most recently served as assistant general manager of Hollywood Casino Charles Town, where she oversaw day-to-day operations of the casino, hotel, food and beverage, and other departments.

Richard J. Myers, a member of the law firm Apperson Crump PLC, has been named to the University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board.

Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s board of directors has announced three new members, each serving three-year terms: community leader Dorothy O. Kirsch; Anne Johnson Mead, partner, Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid PLLC; and Tracy Patterson, director of alumni relations, Rhodes College. In addition, longtime board members John Paul “Jack” Jones has been named to TSC’s founding emeritus board.

Creative Aging has added Jason Gibert and Jessica Robinson to its board of directors. Gibert and his wife, Janice, own and operate Senior Care Management Solutions. Robinson has a background in social work and has volunteered with organizations such as The Junior League, the Memphis Visitors Center on Beale Street, and the Memphis Landmarks Commission, where she served as chairman.

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