Professor of Medical Education and Administration

Division of Internal Medicine and Public Health

Professional Bio

Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., FACP, received her M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine (1990) where she also received the Ciba Geigy Award for Academic and Community Leadership and the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry Achievement Awards. Dr. Dewey completed training and Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine in 1993 and was awarded the Daniel Leitch Excellence in Social Medicine Award. Dr. Dewey spent 15 years on faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, serving the underserved and uninsured population of Houston. While there, she received numerous teaching awards and recognitions including three Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards, runner up for Physician of the Year, the Inaugural Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, and the Dean of Medical Education Service Award. Dr. Dewey received her Master's in Medical Education (emphasis on curriculum design and instruction) in 2004 from the University of Houston College of Education. Dr. Dewey joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Medical Education and Administration Division of the Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the Department of Medicine-Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in September 2007. She was appointed to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2008. Dr. Dewey is Assistant Dean for Educator Development, chair of the Faculty Wellness Committee, Co-Director of the Center for Professional Health, and director of the Educator Development Program. Dr. Dewey serves on several non-profit boards and is an active member of the Nashville Chapter, The Links Incorporated. Dr. Dewey is married to Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, FACP, current President-elect of the American College of Physicians and immediate past-President and CEO of Meharry Medical College. Charlene and Wayne are the proud parents of Erin Elizabeth, and Alexis Camille. The Riley-s are active parishioners of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Nashville and are members of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.  The family enjoys family game and movie nights, Skiing, WWE, holiday gatherings with family and friends and their annual family vacation.