Childrens Hospital at Erlanger Leadership
Charles Woods, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Children's Hospital at Erlanger
A specialist in pediatric infectious disease, Dr. Charles Woods serves as Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. In these roles, he oversees department faculty at Children’s Hospital, as well as all faculty appointments and educational activities. His focus also includes mentoring other physicians and working to advance strategic planning and pediatric research activities.
Dr. Woods previously served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Louisville College of Medicine.
Nationally recognized in the world of pediatrics and infectious disease, Dr. Wood was elected by national peers as an officer in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society where he contributed to numerous research efforts, study groups, and taskforces related to this specialty. He has also been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, participating in the Academy’s annual leadership forums and has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards.
Dr. Woods has lectured on infectious diseases at more than 60 pediatrics and public health conferences throughout the United States, served on numerous editorial boards and is currently associate editor of The Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Over the years, he has written chapters in more than 40 books, with subjects ranging from pediatric meningitis to immunization practices. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 journal articles and reviews for medical journal publications related to his specialty.
Traci Josephsen, MSW, MSN, APRN, CLC, FNP-C
Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Traci Josephsen, MSW, MSN, APRN, CLC, FNP-C, serves as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Throughout her more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Ms. Josephsen has gained extensive clinical and administrative knowledge of the pediatrics and women’s health specialties. As CNO of Children’s Hospital, Ms. Josephsen is responsible for the oversight and management of all nurses and nurse managers as well as model nursing practices and culture.
Ms. Josephsen received both an associate’s degree and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. Following her undergraduate education, she earned two master’s degrees – one in social work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and the other in nursing from Southern Adventist University.