Leadership & Staff

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.
Belyeu Peggy

Peggy Belyeu


Peggy has more than 25 years of healthcare financial management experience in government, insurance, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings. She is a Tennessee native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Peggy is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Tennessee.
Paul Cook

Paul Cook

Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Paul has worked in the healthcare field for more than 20 years with experience in pre-hospital, acute care, emergency care (Level 2 trauma center), utilization review and CMS Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) work. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree specializing in nurse executive from Purdue University. He is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and perusing certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®).

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.