Dr. Morgan Wills has been named Associate Dean of Clinical Education for Belmont University’s Frist College of Medicine and will also serve as an associate professor of internal medicine.
Dr. Wills earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University before moving to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt University where he later completed a residency in internal medicine. Years later, he earned a master’s in marketplace theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.
In his new role as a member of the College’s leadership team, Dr. Wills will build, cultivate and maintain relationships with clinical affiliates; lead planning, implementation and oversight of the medical student clinical education experience; and serve as a resource for clinical affiliate faculty recruitment and development.
Wills will serve as an integral part of the College’s LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) Oversight Committee, preparing for the College’s upcoming LCME site visit and ensuring compliance with accreditation requirements.
“I am inspired by the foundation that has been laid by the dynamic Frist College of Medicine team and look forward to continuing to build out our curriculum and student experience,” said Dr. Wills.
Most recently, Dr. Wills served as president and CEO of Siloam Health, a faith-based, multi-site nonprofit health center serving Nashville’s uninsured. He became Siloam’s first staff physician in 2000 and in his role as CEO, Wills oversaw an interdisciplinary team of 65 staff who cared for roughly 6,500 uninsured patients annually, 94% of whom are foreign-born immigrants or refugees coming from more than 70 countries. Dr. Wills has also served as a longtime and award-winning clinical faculty at Vanderbilt, overseeing education programs at Siloam that have trained hundreds of future physicians and other health professionals in the art and practice of whole-person care for the underserved.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wills to Frist College of Medicine and are grateful for the expertise he brings to our team through his work at Siloam and training of health professionals in the clinical setting,” said Dr. Anderson Spickard, interim dean of the Frist College of Medicine. “For much of his career, Dr. Wills has been tangibly living out the University’s vision of championing the pursuit of life abundant for all people through his work with Siloam. He will play an important role as we seek to embrace, engage and serve our neighbors through our work.”
Dr. Wills will begin his faculty role on March 31 and assume his associate dean role on May 1 when Dr. Reuben Bueno, who has served in the role since 2021, leaves to begin his clinical practice in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and burn surgery at HCA TriStar Skyline Medical Center.