Robin Hemphill, MD, MPH
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Robin Hemphill, MD, MPH


VP and Chief Quality & Safety Officer

Associate Dean for Quality, Safety, & Service

Gene Peterson Professor of Quality, Safety, & Service

Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University , Richmond, VA


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.


While at Vanderbilt 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 safety & 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, trained residents and faculty in practices related to safety and also conducted research to better inform state and federal health policy in the area of quality, value, and efficiency.


In 2011, Dr. Hemphill joined VHA as the Chief Safety and Risk Awareness Officer and Director, National Center for Patient Safety. In this capacity she directed the nationwide implementation and education around the application of safe patient care in the nation’s largest integrated health system. During her time in the VA she was repeated requested to step in to the role of Acting ADUSH for the Office of Quality, Safety, & Value with expansive oversite of the Quality and Safety of the VA health system.


In 2017 Dr. Hemphill was recruited to VCU Health System after a national search. She is the VP and Chief Quality and Safety Officer for the VCU health system. She also has responsibilities in the School of Medicine as the Associate Dean for Quality, Safety and Service. She has received and endowed Chair in Quality and Safety and is still a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician.