John McPherson, M.D.

Dr. John McPhersonJohn McPherson is Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt University.  A California native, Dr. McPherson received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1993 following his undergraduate studies at Princeton University.  At UCLA, Dr. McPherson graduated with honors and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  Dr. McPherson completed his residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at the University of Virginia in 1999 and 2000.

Following his training, Dr. McPherson practiced general and interventional cardiology in Nashville and served as Director of Interventional Research for the Tennessee Cardiovascular Research Institute.  Dr. McPherson joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2006 and was appointed the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. In 2011, Dr. McPherson became an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency before assuming the role of Program Director in 2013. As a clinical cardiologist, Dr. McPherson’s academic interests have focused on critical care cardiology and emerging interventional therapies. He is an author or coauthor on more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. McPherson has a strong interest in medical education and he has been recognized for excellent teaching at Vanderbilt. In 2011, Dr. McPherson was elected to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and received the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine Inpatient Teaching Award that same year. At the national level, Dr. McPherson is a member of the Educational Oversight Committee for the American College of Cardiology and was recently appointed to the Education Committee of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.