MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S
Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine
Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program
Dr. Anna Tanner is Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. She is a Board Certified Pediatrician who has spent the last 22 years of her career working with complicated adolescent patients with a special emphasis on treating patients with eating disorders.
Dr. Tanner grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She was Valedictorian of her high school class and went on to receive her undergraduate degree cum laude from Williams College. From Williams, she went to Vanderbilt Medical School where she remained for her Pediatrics residency. While in medical school and residency, Dr. Tanner did research on Binge Alcohol Expectancies and the effects of Growth Hormone on Pituitary tumors.
Following training, Dr. Tanner joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. During that time, Dr. Tanner was very involved in teaching residents and medical students and providing direct patient care for adolescents affected by complex medical conditions including eating disorders.
In 1999, Dr. Tanner moved with her husband to Atlanta, Georgia and joined Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Due to her special interest in adolescents, she started the Teen Center for GPAM in 2000. After that time, much of her private practice was spent in the care of complicated adolescent patients. With few adolescent medicine resources in Atlanta, Dr. Tanner resumed working with Pediatric residents in Atlanta. She has taught residents from both Emory and Morehouse since 2008. Currently she holds the designation of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science for Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition to direct teaching responsibilities, Dr. Tanner continues to provide core curriculum and Grand Rounds for both programs.
Dr. Tanner has been very involved in advocacy for eating disorders in Georgia. She serves on the Advisory Council and as a speaker for the Eating Disorder Information Network (EDIN) and on the Center Advisory Committee for the Manna Treatment Center. She was a founding member of the Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She has written several protocols for evaluation and management of children and adolescents with eating disorders including currently used protocols for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Kids Health First.
In 2017, Dr. Tanner joined Veritas Collaborative as an Executive Director to open an Assessment Clinic and start outpatient services in the Atlanta community. That clinic has grown and in 2018, the Atlanta site brought on board the third Veritas hospital. In spring 2018, Dr. Tanner moved into the role of Vice President of Medical Services for Veritas Collaborative. She remains passionate about providing services for children and adolescents with eating disorders and educating other medical providers to do the same.
For her work with adolescents, in 2013 she was named as a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). In 2014, she earned the designation of Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). In addition, she has been honored by Atlanta magazine in the “Top Doctors” editions every year from 2013 to 2020. Dr. Tanner also serves on the AED Medical Standards Committee.