Creech named inaugural holder of new Carell chair

Published on March 17th, 2022 by Christina Echegaray.

C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH, professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, has been awarded the Edie Carell Johnson Chair in Pediatrics.

Julie Carell Stadler, Kathryn Carell Brown and Edie Carell Johnson made a commitment to endow the new chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The gift was made to celebrate Johnson’s leadership as chair of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Board of Directors. The Carell family has established multiple chairs and has been instrumental in funding vital programs and expansions.

They follow in the footsteps of their late parents, Ann Scott Carell and Monroe Carell Jr., namesake of and visionary for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Creech’s research focuses on new vaccines and therapeutics, particularly vaccines targeting influenza, pertussis and S. aureus. Currently, he leads several COVID-related clinical trials.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed residency and fellowship training at Vanderbilt and received a master’s degree in public health.