Announcing Our Medical Advisory Committee

Dear Parents,

As a part of our mission, we are committed to helping students reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential. In that vein, our school is committed to providing both students and parents with information that allows them to make healthy decisions for themselves and those around them.

We are excited to announce the formation of a Medical Advisory Committee here on the campus of Father Ryan High School under the direction of Mr. Joe Crumby '95, Dean of Students.
Members of the committee come from a wide variety of medical specialties, all with exceptional reputations as practitioners and health advocates. We thank our volunteer physicians for their willingness to offer their time, talent, and expertise in advising the school and, by proxy, for advising you as parents.

The Medical Advisory Committee was formed, in part, because of concern over the outbreak of lung injuries associated with vaping. We encourage you to click the links below and have a conversation with your student(s) about the potential risks of vaping.

In addition, next week Mr. Crumby will send you a plan of action with steps we will take to prevent vaping on our campus. 

In the coming months, Mr. Crumby will send you information regarding other topics where we are seeking the counsel of the Medical Advisory Committee. We hope you join us in our excitement and commitment to have discussions around these emerging and complex issues affecting all our lives, and most importantly, the lives of our students.
Jim McIntyre

Here are some useful links:
Facts on the Risks of e-Cigarettes from the CDC
TN Department of Health Article on Vaping

Meet our Medical Advisory Committee:

Mike Cuffe, MD, MBA
President of Physician Services
HCA Healthcare
Dr. Mike Cuffe is the President of Physician Services for Nashville-based HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. Physician Services oversees some 11,000 providers, 7,400 in direct and foundation employment models and more than 4,300 via joint ventures, and handles physician strategy, urgent care, graduate medical education, laboratory services, and practice management for HCA Healthcare.
Dr. Cuffe joined HCA Healthcare in 2011. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Chief Medical Officer for Duke University Health System. Dr. Cuffe is a graduate of MIT and received his MD and MBA from Duke University. He also completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at Duke.
He and his wife, Rowena, also a physician, have a son, Evan, who is a member of the Class of 2023 at Father Ryan.
Robert J. Mangialardi, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician
HCA Frist Clinic at Centennial Medical Center
Dr. Rob Mangialardi grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, where he attended Catholic elementary and high schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in 1987 and his MD from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1991. Dr. Mangialardi completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 1994 and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Vanderbilt in 1998. During the fellowship, he met his wife, Wendy, who was doing an Internal Medicine residency and who subsequently completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship.
As a staff physician at the Frist Clinic at Centennial Medical Center for more than 20 years, Dr. Mangialardi cares for a wide variety of patients ranging from relatively healthy outpatients with cough or asthma to critically ill ICU patients with multi system organ failure.
He and his wife have three sons, Henry ‘18, George ‘20 and John ‘22.
Shindana Feagins, MD
Medical Director/Owner
Feagins Medical Group, PLLC
Dr. Shindana Feagins is a practicing Internist in private practice in Madison, TN. She has been in private practice since 2005. She is the founder of the annual “Walk With Your Doctor” 5K event and weight loss clinic and was privileged to conduct a pilot study for the largest insurance company in the US, United Healthcare, through her Walk With Your Doctor weight loss program for the state of Tennessee.
Dr. Faegins is the owner of Health MD which provides house calls to disabled and elderly patients. She serves on the Hospital Authority Board for Nashville General Hospital where she has been a board member since 2017. She also sits on the Physician Growth Committee for Cigna Healthsprings Insurance Company.
Dr. Faegins is a published author of two children’s books and the co-founder of the non-profits, We Have Such In Common - Let’s Talk. Her book, We Have Such In Common can be found in the Nashville public libraries and those in surroundings counties. Her non-profit teaches diversity and inclusion to elementary and middle school children and has partnered with large corporations such as AT&T and GEODIS.
Dr. Faegins and her husband, Edwin, joined the Father Ryan community in the fall of 2018 when their daughter, Sabria, became a member of the Class of 2022.
John Howington '81, MD, FACS, FCCP
Chief of Oncology Services, Chair of Thoracic Surgery at Saint Thomas Health
Medical Director and Co-Chair Oncology Service Line at Ascension
Dr. John Howington is a board-certified Thoracic surgeon. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee and completed his general surgery training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He completed fellowship training in Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1997.
Dr. Howington joined St. Thomas Health in April 2016 as Chair of Thoracic Surgery and was named Chief of the Oncology service line in 2017. He was appointed the Medical Director and Co-Chair of the Ascension Oncology Service Line in July 2019. Dr. Howington has more than twenty years of experience treating patients with thoracic malignancies and other diseases of the chest.
A recognized expert in lung cancer care, Dr. Howington has practiced, taught and published on the advantages of minimally invasive thoracic surgery in the treatment of chest disease. He has been recognized annually since 2005 as one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers.
Dr. Howington is a native Nashvillian and a 1981 graduate of Father Ryan.
Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD, MMHC, FACS
Robert H. Ossoff DMD, MD Endowed Directorship for Translational Research in Otolaryngology; Vice Chair, Chief Research Officer; Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rob Labadie earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from The University of Notre Dame, his MD and PhD (bioengineering) from The University of Pittsburgh. He did his residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, Dr. Labadie joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University and in 2013 completed a Master of Management in Health.
Dr. Labadie is professor and vice chair/chief research officer in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His clinical specialty is Otology.
Dr. Labadie is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, multiple book chapters and patents, and a textbook on image-guided surgery. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and has ongoing NIH support to study image-guided otologic surgery including cochlear implantation. Dr. Labadie is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Otological Society, the American Neurotology Society, the Triological Society, and Collegium Oto–Rhino–Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.
He and his wife, Karyn, have three boys, Matthew ’13, Jameson ’17, and Aidan ’19.
Mark Marsden, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension\Saint Thomas Health
After twenty years as an Emergency Medicine physician at Saint Thomas West Hospital, Dr. Marsden was named its Chief Medical Officer in October 2013. Prior to joining the administrative team, he served as President of the Medical Staff (2012-2013), Medical Director of the Emergency Department (2009-2013), and President of Emergency Medicine Consultants of Nashville, PC (2001-2013), as well as working full-time in the Emergency Room.

Dr. Marsden's medical career began in Saint Thomas West Hospital’s Emergency Department in July 1994. He had recently completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mark graduated from Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University Health Science Center. Under his leadership in the Emergency Department, Dr. Marsden made many improvements including conversion to electronic medical records and digital imaging and implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry. He was also instrumental in acquiring bedside ultrasound and a CT scanner for the Emergency Department.

Dr. Marsden is often seen making rounds and visiting hospital staff, interactions that he feels are important to building a positive team concept. He also believes the relationships he established in his twenty-year career in the Emergency Department create a collaborative network to face the health care challenges of the day. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marsden works diligently to further his mission of improving quality care and patient safety.
He and his wife, Gina, have three children who graduated from Father Ryan, Thomas ’10, Anna ’11 and Camille ’11.
A. James Slandzicki, MD
Family Physician
Williamson Medical Group
Dr. Jamie Slandzicki is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and received his Bachelor of Science in 1989. He then attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and graduated in 1993. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, and subsequently served as faculty for two years prior to relocating to Middle Tennessee in 1998.
Dr. Slandzicki has been practicing Family Medicine in Franklin, TN. He serves as Medical Director of NHC Place Cool Springs and Co-Medical Director of NHC Place at The Trace. Dr. Slandzicki also serves as the Medical Director for Caris Hospice of Nashville. In addition, he is the CEO of Clinical Trials Center of Middle Tennessee, LLC .
Dr. Slandzicki is board certified in Family Medicine and has Medical Director Certification through the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Management.
With an interest in mission work, Dr. Slandzicki has organized medical mission trips to Haiti and Honduras and serves on the Haiti Mission Committee for St. Henry Parish. Socially, he enjoys time boating with his wife and three children, Michael ’15, Bridget ’17 and Mary Cate ‘20.