Their father was the first African-American journalist at the Nashville Banner, and their mother was a highly respected teacher for 30 years. So it was no surprise that André, Kevin and Keith Churchwell were successful in their own professional careers, in the field of medicine. The trio was named among the “Best Doctors in America” for 2003-04, and in 2011 won the Trumpet Award for African-American achievement.
André L. Churchwell, M.D.
André graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in biomedical engineering, and later graduated from Harvard Medical School.
André was the first African-American named as chief resident of medicine at Emory University’s Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. André later joined the faculty at Emory and helped to spearhead the creation of the Emory-Georgia Tech Biomedical Technology Research Center. In 2006, he left Atlanta to join the Page-Campbell Cardiology Group, now the Vanderbilt Page-Campbell Heart Institute, in Nashville, where he serves as a senior partner. André is currently the associate dean of diversity for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as well as associate professor of medicine (cardiology) and associate professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D.
Kevin graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering, but decided to pursue medicine and attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. Kevin completed his residency in Boston, and returned to Nashville to become the medical director of Pediatric Critical Care Services at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
During his tenure at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Kevin spearheaded fundraising for a capital campaign to support hospital expansion, and promoted stronger collaboration between administration, clinicians, researchers and educators. Kevin left Nashville in 2010 to become the CEO of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
Keith B. Churchwell, M.D.
Keith graduated from Harvard University with a degree in biology, and then went on to graduate from Washington University School of Medicine.
By 1991, Keith had completed his training at Emory University School of Medicine and became the chief resident of internal medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. In 1994, Keith returned to Nashville and joined the Page-Campbell Cardiology Group, which merged with the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in 2006. In 2009, Keith became the executive director and chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. He is also an associate professor of medicine and radiology at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.