Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS

Vice Chair for Education, Section of Surgical Sciences
Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology
Residency Program Director, General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Section Chief, General Surgery, VA Medical Center, Tennessee Valley Health System

Terhune_KylaDr. Terhune joins the Vanderbilt surgical faculty as associate professor of Surgery. Her practice consists of general surgery with an interest in acute care surgery.

Dr. Terhune completed her residency in general surgery and fellowship in critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

During this time, she received several distinguished teaching awards, as selected by her peers. She also organized and directed surgical education programs, teaching conferences and simulated skills sessions.

Prior to her faculty appointments, Dr. Terhune received her A.B. degree in molecular biology with high honors from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she received the J.S. Ravdin Award in Surgery.


  • 1996 A.B. magna cum laude, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • 2004 M.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa

Postgraduate Training

  • 2004-2011 Resident, Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn
  • 2007-2008 Fellow in Critical Care, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 2008-2009 Resident, Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Interest
Dr. Terhunes research interests include workforce issues and simulation in surgical education.

Presentations and Publications
Dr. Terhune has presented a variety of topics at workshops covering many aspects of surgical education and training for residents. Review some of Dr. Terhunes published abstracts at PubMed.

Download Dr. Terhunes CV in PDF format.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Division of General Surgery
1161 21st Avenue South
D-4309 Medical Center North
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Phone: (615) 875-3008 Fax: (615) 322-0689