Dr. Brian Rutledge assumed his current role as chief of staff in 2012, after serving a decade at the Medical Center in increasingly responsible roles. Rutledge is the chief liaison between the vice chancellor and the UMMC executive staff as well as with other internal and external constituents. In addition to his daily advisory and operational roles, he oversees the Medical Center’s marketing, development, public affairs and economic development functions.
Rutledge holds a PhD in clinical health sciences from UMMC and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College, the latter in health services administration. In 2013, he was honored as the MC Health Services Administration distinguished alumnus of the year.
Prior to assuming his current position, Rutledge served as the School of Medicine’s director of accreditation and assessment and was instrumental in preparing the school for its successful reaccreditation in 2012. He has also served as an administrator in the Department of Internal Medicine and manager of emergency services in the Department of Emergency Medicine, a role that saw him work to implement Mississippi’s first emergency telemedicine system.
Rutledge served as the congressional health policy fellow for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in 2013-14. He holds faculty appointments in the UMMC Department of Health Sciences and UMMC Department of Health Administration, and has served as adjunct faculty at Hinds Community College. He enjoys competitive trivia games, driving for Meals on Wheels, and is a certified private pilot.