Meharry Medical College has launched a new holding company, Meharry Medical College Ventures, and named Veronica Mallett president and CEO.
MMCV will seek to leverage Meharry’s clinical, research and educational expertise “in pursuit of profitable activities that align with Meharry’s mission of eliminating health disparities." According to a press release, the venture will partner with businesses whose missions center on eliminating health disparities in Middle Tennessee and beyond.
Mallett will take lead of the initiative after four years with Meharry, most recently serving as the executive director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and as dean and senior vice president of health affairs at Meharry’s School of Medicine. With nearly 40 years of experience in health care and 20 years in academic health center leadership, her career has been focused on developing health care solutions that eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity for minority groups and provide an improved patient experience.
Prior to Meharry, Mallett helped launch a medical school of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech University and was the medical director of health care excellence at the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center. She is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery and has received several research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding resources.
“It is an incredible honor to lead MMCV and further the College’s goals to impact the health care of so many people throughout our community,” Mallett said in a release. “The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many inequities in our society that have caused alarming health disparities in minority communities and has revealed the need for more Black and brown leaders and physicians to be at the forefront of conversations in healthcare. MMCV will provide more and more opportunities for the entire Meharry community to significantly impact those we serve.”