Munyon named to new radiation therapy oversight board
August 7, 2017 | Dagny Stuart
Karen Munyon, MBA, director of Finance and Operations for Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been appointed to the Tennessee Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners. She is one of nine individuals appointed by the Tennessee governor or state lawmakers to the newly created oversight board.
While radiologic technologists must take a registry exam, Tennessee currently does not have a licensure requirement for health care professionals who provide radiologic imaging or radiation therapy, and the new board of examiners is expected to establish a licensure program, including qualifications for licensees.
The new oversight board will be responsible for issuance, renewal, suspension or revocation of licenses and will set licensing fees. The board also will conduct investigations of potential violations of professional standards.
“I am so honored to receive this appointment from Gov. Haslam,” Munyon said. “It is vitally important for patients to receive the best care from highly qualified professionals, and as a member of the new Board of Examiners I am looking forward to helping establish and implement our state standards.”
Munyon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology specializing in Radiation Therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University.
She joined VUMC in 1997 as a radiation therapist and was promoted to chief therapist in 2001. The next year she became clinic manager and helped design, build and manage Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s (VICC) first freestanding radiation oncology center in Franklin, Tennessee. Two years later, she helped VICC design and build a second center in Clarksville. A third center was opened in Spring Hill, and after managing the three satellite locations she was named director of Operations and Finance for the Radiation Oncology Satellites. In 2016 she was promoted again and now oversees the Radiation Oncology center on campus as well as all of the satellite clinics.