Office of the Secretary
Vickie Yates Brown Glisson
Vickie Yates Brown Glisson was appointed secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matthew G. Bevin on Dec. 9, 2015.
An attorney with extensive experience in health care law and finance with special expertise in the privacy, security and technology transfer of health information, Secretary Glisson served as a special assistant to University of Louisville President James Ramsey beginning in 2006 and worked closely with the University of Louisville Foundation and President Ramsey on planning development, building partnerships and securing Tax Increment Finance funding for Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center at the University of Louisville. In 2008, Glisson was named president and CEO of Nucleus and oversaw its mission fostering the growth of innovative research and technology companies in the Louisville area.
A nationally recognized health care and health insurance attorney, Glisson served as the co-chair of the Health Law Practice group at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd and chairwoman of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. She also served as vice chair of the Health Enterprises Network and was a member of the editorial board of the BNA Health Law Reporter. She often has written and lectured on health law topics, particularly the Affordable Care Act and the privacy and security of health information. She has delivered numerous national and international presentations and co-authored three publications on health care law and government regulation.
Secretary Glisson has held a number of government appointments, including serving as a member of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Council for the Human Genome Project and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestion and Kidney Disease as part of the National Institutes of Health. She also has served on the board of directors of the UL and Kentucky One Health Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.
Glisson has received a number of honors, including selection in The Best Lawyers of America, Kentucky Super Lawyer and The Guide to the Leading Healthcare Lawyers in America. Glisson was named the 2013 Woman of Influence by Louisville's Business First magazine. She also received the 2013 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award for Women Leading Kentucky. Glisson was selected as the Ernst and Young 2013 Supporter of Entrepreneurship for South Central Ohio and Kentucky and was a finalist for the Business First 2013 Business Leader of the Year Award. She also received the 2013 Silver Fleur de Lis Award for fostering technology research and innovation from Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce.
A Spencer County native, Secretary Glisson is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She resides in Louisville with her husband.