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Executive Medical Director, Emergency Services
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Tyler W. Barrett serves as Executive Medical Director for Emergency Services and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He leads the Operations Division Five Pillar Teams: ED Operations/SWAT, Patient Experience, Quality & Patient Safety, Employee Wellness and Retention, and Growth & Finance. The pillar teams use the dyad leadership model with an ED physician and ED nurse partnering to ensure team success. Dr. Barrett’s clinical goals are optimizing efficient and appropriate patient care, quality improvement, opioid stewardship, opioid dependence treatment, multidisciplinary patient care pathways, and reimbursement related issues. In alignment with his operational foci, his research goals are to improve the emergency department (ED) treatment of patients with opioid use disorder, increase use of non-opioid analgesia, and risk stratification of ED patients with atrial fibrillation. Dr. Barrett is an Associate Editor and Journal Club Section Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. Tyler serves as an Emergency Medicine Team Physician for the Nashville Predators. He served as Vice-President for the Nashville Youth Hockey League from 2016-2022. His work with youth sport organizations ignited his passion for promoting education about the dangers of opioids among adolescents and young adults. Outside of work, Dr. Barrett enjoys spending time with his family, jogging, listening to live music of all genres, traveling, and reading history novels.


Tyler W. Barrett, MD, MSCI

Executive Medical Director
Professor of Emergency Medicine

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