Dr. Ivory Janee’ Shelton

Ivory, daughter of Roger and Brenda Shelton of Erwin, Tennessee, graduated with honors from Unicoi County High School in 2012.  In her senior year, she was a Top Ten national competitor for UCHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

Ivory graduated with Honors and Summa Cum Laude Distinction from Wake Forest University in 2016.  While at Wake Forest, she received several awards, including the Joseph Currin Award for Excellence in Religious Studies and membership in Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society, where she served as president, and Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honor Society.  She participated in a service abroad trip to El Salvador and studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Ivory continued her education at Wake Forest School of Medicine, graduating in May 2020. During her medical school tenure, she was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society by her peers and served as the group’s president.  She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  Ivory received the Peacock-Plonk Award for earning the grade of Honors in all 3rd year clerkships.  Her senior student awards included the Lawless Pediatric Merit Award, the MAA Overall Student Excellence Award, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, along with several merit based scholarships.

Dr. Shelton completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  In late 2022, she presented research at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. She was awarded a “Top 5” poster award and received a $10,000 Health Equity Innovation Award from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Shelton is in the first year of her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at  the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky.  She will be completing a funded master’s degree in Applied Philosophy and Bioethics during her fellowship.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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