James Shamiyeh, MD Named Chief Quality Officer at UT Medical Center

Dr. James Shamiyeh will become senior vice president and chief quality officer of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the hospital’s CEO announced. Shamiyeh, who joined the medical center in 2005 as a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician, most recently served as medical director of the organization’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute. The new position starts March 1.

“Since joining the medical center, James has been integrally involved in projects to improve the quality of care and the efficiency of our operations, all for the benefit of our patients and community,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “That commitment and level of attention to every detail in the care process makes Dr. Shamiyeh the perfect fit for chief quality officer.”

In his new role, Shamiyeh will focus on the continued improvement of what are known as the quality metrics of the hospital. In other words, limiting infections, improving patient outcomes, and keeping people out of the hospital once they’re discharged after being a patient. He’ll also work to improve processes that result in providing value for patients through the delivery of efficient and effective care.

“My prior responsibilities and projects have instilled in me a desire to ensure that The University of Tennessee Medical Center delivers safe, efficient, effective, timely and patient-centered care for those we serve,” said Dr. Shamiyeh. “This role will allow me to coordinate efforts with the outstanding team members and medical staff across multiple departments and centers of excellence to ensure that we deliver the highest possible value across the entire continuum of care. I’m excited to have this tremendous opportunity after nearly 14 years at the medical center.”

In addition to the medical director role at the Heart Lung Vascular Institute, Shamiyeh previously served as chief of staff at the medical center. He led and continues to oversee successful improvement projects for diseases and conditions, such as sepsis and COPD, and is extensively involved in multiple patient flow initiatives to best enhance the overall patient care experience. He has an engineering background and enjoys work that involves process improvement and problem solving. Shamiyeh will continue to practice medicine with the medical center’s inpatient critical care and pulmonary services so he can stay apprised of all the evolving needs of patients, physicians and staff, and the overall care environment.

After earning an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, Shamiyeh completed his medical education at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, where he served as chief resident and later completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He additionally earned a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After joining the medical center, Shamiyeh earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee. He’s a graduate of the Physician Leadership Academy at the medical center and a member of this year’s Leadership Knoxville class.

Shamiyeh replaces the late Dr. Inga Himelright, who passed away last year after serving the medical center for more than 18 years as a physician and senior leader.

About The University of Tennessee Medical Center

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 630-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville.