Leadership & Staff

Jeffrey Palmucci

Jeffrey Palmucci

Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Palmucci was named CEO on Sept. 18, 2017 for Vanderbilt-Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, where he served as the interim chief operating officer for six months prior. Since 2010, Jeff has served as administrative director of operations for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Outpatient Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services and Nutrition Services. He also shared oversight of five Vanderbilt imaging center ventures for adult and pediatric patients. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph's College and is a Certified Radiology Administrator of the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and a Registered Technologist in Radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Jeff Johns

Jeff Johns

Medical Director

Dr. Johns joined Vanderbilt Stallworth in August 2013, coming from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital where he served as the associate hospital medical director and medical director for the spinal cord injury program from 2006-2013. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he completed his medical studies at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Johns completed his residency and chief residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is sub-specialty board certified in spinal cord injury medicine.

Eric Lieman

Eric Lieman

Interim Director of Therapy Operations

Eric Lieman, PT, DPT, has been employed at Vanderbilt Stallworth since 2008. He started as a staff physical therapist, was promoted to therapy manager in January 2016, and now serves as the interim director of therapy operations. Eric’s clinical interests include neurological rehabilitation. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in psychology in 2001, and completed his physical therapy degree in 2006 at Columbia University. Eric lives in Nashville with his wife Gina and twins Isabella and Dylan.

Nance Susan

Susan Nance

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Susan has 20 years of healthcare and quality experience in both for-profit and not-for profit settings. She graduated from the University of the South, the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt Divinity School. She has worked as a licensed clinical social worker in a variety of community and hospital settings. Susan is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).

Owens Tim

Tim Owens

Director of Support Services

Tim brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to Vanderbilt Stallworth. Tim grew up in Melbourne Beach, Florida and began a career in materials management when he entered healthcare in 1981 after a tour in the Navy. He joined the rehabilitation sector in 1989. Tim has worked in rehabilitation hospitals in Florida, Texas, California and Tennessee with progressive levels of responsibility.

Melissa Pino

Melissa Pino

Director of Human Resources

Melissa has more than 14 years of healthcare human resources experience in for-profit, non-profit and higher education settings. She comes to Vanderbilt Stallworth from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, where she spent four years as the human resources manager at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and one year as the senior nurse recruiter for the Miller School of Medicine. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in human resource management from Nova Southeastern University. She has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).