Robin Hemphill, MD, MHP
Acting, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety & Value (10E2), Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Robin Hemphill is a graduate of George Washington University Medical School. She completed an Internship in Internal Medicine followed by Emergency Medicine at the Joint Military Medical Centers in San Antonio, TX. After residency she was on active duty at Brooke Army Medical Center as an Attending Physician. During this time she was the Director of Risk Management and the Assistant Residency Director. She was involved in curriculum development for military emergency medicine residents and evaluated systems for methods of proactive error reduction.
After the completion of her military obligation she joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the Associate Program Director. She published in a variety of areas while at Vanderbilt and was involved in curriculum development and implementation of disaster preparedness issues for students, residents, nurses, and faculty within the University. Previously she was the Medical Director for the Tennessee State HRSA Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program as well as for the National Center for Emergency Preparedness at Vanderbilt. She was also involved in local planning and preparedness issues for the City of Nashville and was the Medical Director for the developing Nashville Urban Search and Rescue Team. During this time she was also the President of the Tennessee College of Emergency Physicians. While at Vanderbilt she completed a Masters in Public Health with a focus on syndromic surveillance.
Several years ago Dr. Hemphill was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship and served in Senator Jeff Bingaman’s office. She worked on a variety of issues including health care quality, health care disparities, FDA issues, and public health preparedness legislation. After the completion of the Fellowship, Dr. Hemphill joined the Health Care Solutions Group at Vanderbilt serving as the Associate Director. In this capacity she focused on policy related to state-based coverage initiatives and health care quality.
She moved from Vanderbilt to Emory University to be the Director of Quality and Safety for the Department of Emergency Medicine. In this position she improved the quality of health care delivery within the Emory system, and also conducted research to better inform state and federal health policy in the area of quality, value, and efficiency.
On April 25, 2011, Dr. Hemphill joined VHA as the Deputy Chief Patient Safety Officer and Director, National Center for Patient Safety. She will also continue her practice as an emergency medicine physician.