Former Med-Peds Residents


Med-Peds Interns 2013-14
Intern Welcome Party June 2013


Jennifer Bass, M.D.
University of Michigan


Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
College: Stanford
Career Plans: General Med-Peds, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Global Public Health

Jen is proud to call Michigan home and despite the word on the street, thinks Detroit is great! Nonetheless she was very happy in the California sunshine during her college years at Stanford where she studied Human Biology – an awesome program that allowed her to focus on infectious disease and international public health. After a year hiatus working for a health technology start-up in NYC then hiking in India, she was drawn back to Michigan for medical school in Ann Arbor.

During medical school, Jen was lucky enough to get to pursue her dream of working at the CDC during a year as a CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellow. She got a great dose of adventure working on monkeypox surveillance in the Congo and rabies control in Kenya. She is looking forward to applying her Med-Peds clinical skills in underserved communities domestically and abroad. However, infectious disease and public heath remain her greatest passion!

Jen has been thrilled to find the great outdoors so accessible in TN. She enjoys hiking, camping, restoring her 1969 Volkswagen camper bus, farmers markets, soulful music of any genre, novels, glass art, and crafty projects. In her spare time, she keeps busy helping her partner to open an East Nashville community gathering space and skill-share called Hound Dog Commons!


Dan Clark, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Texas- San Antonio

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
College: Northwestern University
Career Plans: Academic medicine with emphasis on global health

Dan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and avidly cheers for his (currently awful) Dallas sports teams. He ventured north to Chicago for undergrad in hopes of sporting winter gear, only to realize that he’d traded one version of extreme weather for the opposite. Nevertheless, he enjoyed his time at Northwestern, where he completed most of the Biomedical Engineering curriculum before switching into Social Policy/Pre-med.

After graduating, Dan completed a fellowship with the Northwestern Public Interest Program (NUPIP), working at Lawndale Christian Health Center (a FQHC on the west-side of Chicago). During that year, he volunteered on his first global health trip to Kabul, Afghanistan. He continued his global health interests in medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio by doing medical service and research in Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, and Bolivia.

Dan’s greatest accomplishment of medical school, however, was meeting his beautiful wife, Carolina, who is a rising PGY3 in Pediatrics here at Vanderbilt. Dan is convinced his wife has no flaws other than being a Spurs fan (and always thinking the thermostat should be raised 10 degrees). Dan enjoys playing just about any sport, eating and cooking spicy foods, and making as much as possible on his own (soymilk, yogurt, salsa, baby food, etc.). He and Carolina are proud parents of Tristan & Sofia. When not at the hospital, they can be found playing with the kids (aka Dan coaching Tristan on his tackling form). At Vandy, Dan is warmly known as "Papa Dan" and is pursuing a career in academic medicine and global health.


Sarah Proffitt Clark, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Hometown: Athens, TN
College: Vanderbilt University
Career Plans: Interest in Pulmonology

Sarah was born and raised in east Tennessee, where she grew up rooting for the Tennessee Vols. For college, she became a Commodore and received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. After undergrad, she spent a year working with peripartum women in rural east Tennessee. However, her heart lay here at Vanderbilt, so she returned to Nashville for medical school. Just before starting residency, Sarah and her high school (and college...and med-school) sweetheart, Amos, were recently married in their hometown of Athens, TN. Amos later joined her at Vanderbilt Internal Medicine. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, yoga, hiking, cooking vegetarian and Italian food, and trying out new restaurants/foodtrucks that are cropping up everywhere here in Nashville. As a "triple 'Dore," Sarah could not be more excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt housestaff.


Eddie Iglesia, M.D.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Hometown: Branchburg, NJ
College: Rutgers University
Career Plans: General Med-Peds + Health Services Research

Eddie was born, raised, and publicly educated in the great northern state of New Jersey. During his time at Rutgers as BA/MD enrollee, he read English literature, co-directed their student-run free clinic, and spent time backpacking the Philippines (his ancestral homeland), western Europe, and northern India. It was also at RWJ where Eddie started dating his wife and fellow categorical medicine resident, Hannah Kim, during an environmental medicine project on fish and mercury. Don’t be fooled by these Northeastern creatures – their love of the South grew while on a research year at UNC-Chapel Hill where Eddie focused on health care transition from pediatric to adult care. Eddie and Hannah have been voraciously eating their way through the Nashville food scene. He also likes to make time for biking and running on Music City's greenways, bluegrass (he loves him some Full Moon Pickin' Parties), barbecue, and above all, hot chicken. Hannah and Eddie are still in the process of conquering their fear of tornado warnings, ever since their first experience drove them to drove them to clutch the bathroom sink together in the middle of the night before Hannah’s Vanderbilt interview. They are also doing their part in adding to both the medicine and pediatric programs' GAR ("gestational attack rate") and growing the ever-expanding Vanderbilt med-peds family -- their firstborn is coming soon Fall 2015!


Tyler Reese, M.D.
The Ohio State University

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Elon University
Career Plans: Undecided; interest in Combined Rheumatology

Tyler was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in the beautiful Cincinnati, OH.  He attended Elon University, a liberal arts school in North Carolina, where he majored in Biology and minored in Business and Exercise Science.   He ventured back to the great state of Ohio to attend The Ohio State University for medical school where he was a member of AOA and graduated summa cum laude.  He chose the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at Vanderbilt University because of the high caliber of faculty and residents that he met while on his interview as well as the ability to pursue nearly any career path on a single campus.  His career plans are not officially decided but are leaning heavily towards a combined fellowship in Rheumatology.  He met his wife Kara while an undergraduate at Elon University, and she is now a law student at Belmont University in Nashville. Member AOA.


Billy Sullivan, M.D., M.Ed.
Vanderbilt University

Hometown: Massapequa, NY
College: University of Notre Dame
Career Plans: Medical Education + General Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Billy was born and raised on Long Island in Massapequa, NY. While still a proud New Yorker at heart, Billy lost most of his accent and inability to make eye contact with strangers when he left Long Island to attend the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, Billy majored in psychology and learned the art of always believing that Notre Dame will win a national championship, regardless of how good they actually are. More importantly, at Notre Dame he met his wonderful wife, Elisabeth. Billy chose to attend Vanderbilt for medical school because of the supportive community he found here, and he and Elisabeth were married after his third year. Billy pursued a master of education (M.Ed.) at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt during medical school, and he is a huge nerd when it comes to all things medical education.  Elisabeth and Billy welcomed their first daughter, Mary Claire, into their lives in December 2012, and their second, Amelia, in December 2014.  Both are already being brainwashed to attend Notre Dame.  Elisabeth has been promoted from social studies teacher to stay-at-home mom and is now also a freelance copy editor in the little free time she has. Billy and Elisabeth enjoy being immersed in a great television show, exercising together, listening to Wait, Wait... Don’t Tell Me! on NPR and watching their daughters grow and develop so quickly.  Member AOA.  


Recent Graduates:

Class of 2016

Med-Peds Interns 2012-13
Intern Welcome Party June 27, 2012


Rachel Apple, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Hometown: Nashville, TN
College: Princeton University
Career Plans: Primary Care + Medical Education

Rachel is a Nashville native and grew up just a few miles from the Vanderbilt campus. She ventured to the northeast for college, where majored in the History of Science and also met her husband, Rick, who hails from Baltimore, MD. Following graduation, she followed Rick into the Big Apple, where she taught second grade at an all-girls charter school in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Sharing one alma mater wasn’t enough for Rick and Rachel, so they loved sharing an allegiance to Vanderbilt through medical school for Rachel and business and law school for Rick, as well. Rachel played tennis for Princeton and would love to play more regularly now, but when she can’t find a hitting partner, she settles for road-races and a spin on the elliptical trainer. Rick and Rachel have been blessed with two children during residency, and now they are spending most of their free time enjoying being parents! Rachel also enjoys planning and hosting parties and dinners, watching and playing sports, reading, baking, and going on long walks around her neighborhood. Rachel hopes to pursue a career in Med-Peds primary care with a focus in medical education, and she is eager to discover roles which would allow her to work closely with both medical students and residents. Member AOA.


Ashley Blaske, M.D.
University Of Louisville

Dr. Ashley Blaske

Hometown: Prospect, KY
College: University of Louisville
Career Plans: Academic Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology

Ashley was born and raised in Prospect, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville. She has always wanted to be a physician and is the first doctor in her family. Ashley married her high school sweetheart, Corey, who is “Champ” the mascot for the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Ashley majored in Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville. Ashley's favorite things to do outside of medicine are cheering for the University of Louisville Cardinals, hiking, traveling, gardening, hosting dinner parties, and playing with her dog, “Wrigley.” She is passionate about autoimmune diseases and caring for diverse patient populations, and plans to pursue a career in combined adult and pediatric rheumatology helping adolescents and young adults with chronic rheumatologic conditions transition to a healthy adulthood.


Marian Lacy, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Univerisity

Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
College: University of Arizona
Career plans: Indian Health Services + Infectious Diseases

Marian Lacy was born in Morgantown, WV and lived overseas when she was young, where she ate spicy foods and learned some Arabic and Indonesian. Marian considers beautiful Flagstaff, AZ her hometown. She went to University of Arizona for college, where she majored in English, Near Eastern Studies, and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She studied the Arabic and Berber languages, volunteered in clinics and orphanages, and hiked and biked in the Arizona mountains as well as the Middle East.  Marian went to Johns Hopkins for medical school, where she discovered sailing and the cure for the winter blues: football.  Despite her commitment to Baltimore (and the Ravens,) she's moved to Nashville, in part to frequent the many music festivals. Marian also loves inspecting and discussing all kinds of infections and is considering a fellowship in infectious diseases after residency. Her favorite holiday is July 4th, when her extended family meets in northern Montana to set off fireworks, canoe, cliff-jump into the Yaak River and play music.



Tristan McPherson, M.D.
University of Tennessee

Hometown: Hohenwald, TN
College: Freed-Hardeman University
Career Plans: Infectious Disease & Public Health

Tristan was born and raised in Hohenwald, TN (Population: ~4000) just a couple of hours south of Nashville. From there, he ventured into west TN to attend Freed-Hardeman University and majored in Biochemistry and Biblical Studies. Continuing this Fievel-esque theme, he again went west (a bit) to Memphis for medical school, where he spent a significant amount of time expanding his knowledge of medicine, BBQ, & Jerry's Sno Cones. He is passionate about facilitating healthcare access and education, and he was also able to spend a few months working in both Honduras and Haiti teaching public health classes. During his free time, he enjoys tennis, watching Auburn football (War Eagle), indie rock/folk concerts, reading Dickens, hiking, camping, and the occasional spelunking trip. He has enjoyed living in Nashville for a variety of reasons: the people, the academics, the opportunities...and the proximity to the Ryman. Member AOA.


Kevin Mitchell, M.D., PharmD.
University of South Florida

Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Florida A&M University
Career Plans: Academic Medicine

Kevin was born in Miami, FL and grew up all over south Florida. He attended Florida A&M University where he received his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. He fell in love with the practice of medicine while on his clinical rotations during pharmacy school and consequently decided to change directions. He went to University of South Florida to study medicine. During med school he spent most of his time teaching pharmacology, working at CVS, mentoring minority pre-med students and playing intramural sports. He enjoys spending time with his wife and awesome 3-year-old, Kevin, III. His interests include teaching, watching and playing sports, music, writing, video games and collecting basketball shoes. Kevin would like to pursue a Masters in Medical Education and subsequently practice as an academic clinician in pediatric critical care. Of note, he will do anything within legal limits for good pancakes. Kevin is still thrilled to be at Vanderbilt. He is constantly reminded what drew him here, which seems like just yesterday.


Joy Ogunsile, M.D.
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Hometown: Greenville, SC
College: Duke University
Career Plans: Med-Peds

Foluso “Joy” Ogunsile was born and raised in the small town of Greenville, SC. Though Greenville is a family-friendly town with multiple attractions like Paris Mountain, it is often remembered, however, as the “town between the drive from Charlotte to Atlanta.” Joy’s immediate family has lived in Greenville for about 30 years, but the majority of Joy’s family resides in Ibadan, Nigeria, and oftentimes, Ibadan is referred to as home.  Growing up, Joy was an avid Duke Basketball fan, and she was ecstatic on “college acceptance day” when she officially became a Blue Devil. Joy enjoyed her years at Duke and received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and African-American studies. Though she met life-long friends at Duke, she decided to cross over to the dark side for medical school at UNC. No worries though, as she still roots for the Blue Devils. During her time at UNC, Joy’s commitment to community service led her to volunteer in countless health fairs and launch Zumba Girls, a childhood obesity initiative. Joy will likely pursue a Hematology/Oncology fellowship with plans to focus on sickle cell disease and stem cell transplants. Joy continues to love Nashville and is frequently found exploring the diverse music and restaurant scene, and of course, shopping. 


Class of 2015:

Mary-Margaret Fill, M.D.
Mercer University

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
College: The Ohio State University

Mary-Margaret is originally from Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with a degree in microbiology and minor in security & intelligence.  While at Ohio State, she was a four-year member of The Ohio State University Marching Band where she, unfortunately, did not dot the "i," but did spell "Ohio" in the beloved OSU tradition Script Ohio at many memorable football games.  She returned to Georgia for medical school, and was then thrilled to venture a little further north to Nashville for residency. She has loved everything Nashville has had to offer: great music, beautiful outdoor adventures, a wide variety of culinary options and most of all, the wonderful people.  Her love of bugs has stayed with her since undergrad, and she plans to pursue a career in public health and medical epidemiology.


Caroline Presley, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Hometown: Houston, Texas
College:  Texas A&M

Caroline was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with her three brothers. She spent her undergraduate years at Texas A&M University where she studied Biomedical Science. After graduation, she took a year off from school during which she worked for a research lab at UT-Houston Medical School and went on a month-long wilderness backpacking trip in Washington State. Caroline attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she developed an interest in working with underserved populations and in global health. She has traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and, most recently, spent time in Peru studying tropical medicine.  In her free time, Caroline enjoys anything that takes her outdoors, especially running, cycling, hiking, and camping.


Kate Seymour, M.D.
University of Kansas

Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas
College: Denison University

Kate grew up on a farm in rural Kansas, graduating from Moundridge High School with the same 32 kids from her kindergarten class. She then attended Denison University in Ohio where she was a biology and dance major. Kate returned to Kansas for medical school at KU.  Since starting residency at Vanderbilt, she has fallen in love with the music scene in Nashville, as well as the many great festivals and restaurants in the area.  International travel and service work have been big parts of Kate's life.  In residency, she has been active in the Burmese refugee community and hopes to continue working with refugee populations in her career.  As a third year resident, she did an elective at the teaching hospital in Lusaka, Zambia and is looking forward to her next opportunity to travel.  Ultimately, Kate is hoping to work as a primary care physician in the Nashville area.


Ilinca Vladescu, M.D.
Univerisity of Michigan

Hometown: La Quinta, California
College: Stanford

Ilinca was born in Romania and lived there until early childhood when she and her parents emigrated to Germany and then the US, settling down in sunny Palm Springs, California.  She escaped the scorching-hot desert summers for college to attend Stanford University, where she majored in Human Biology and also met her now-husband Omari. After college, she traded in her flip-flops for snow boots to attend the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, where she quickly understood what the locals meant when they said it gets "too cold to snow." In search for a more moderate climate she headed south to Nashville for residency and is currently in her third year of training.  When not working, Ilinca is busy making the best of her time in Nashville by taking in as much music, delicious food, and outdoor time as her schedule will allow.


Class of 2014:


Welcome Party
June 2010

Savita Fanta, M.D.
University of Missouri- Columbia

Savita Fanta is a 4th year med-peds resident. She is from Dickson, Tennessee and lives here in Nashville with her husband, Stefan,  her high-school sweetheart. They have recently welcomed their first son, Asher. She plans to move closer to their hometown after graduating, where she will practice primary care for adult and children in Lyles, Tennessee. She will practice at Three Rivers Health Community, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic that serves both insured, under-insured and uninsured patients on a sliding scale fee basis, offering health care to this rural community in need.


John "Alvin" Kpaeyeh, M.D.
University of Cincinnati

Alvin was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia until the age of 8 when he and his family relocated to the US. His family settled in North Carolina where he attended high school and later college. After graduating from Duke University, with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, he took a year off to work in the real world. Alvin later enrolled in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he pursued a career in Medicine and Pediatrics which has led him to Vanderbilt University. He enjoys basketball, biking, movies, and video games.


Fred Ochieng', M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Fred is the 3rd born in a family of 6 children. He grew up in rural western Kenya, attended Alliance High School outside Nairobi and had been accepted to The University of Nairobi School of Medicine but opted to attend college in the US. He was a Biophysical Chemistry major, a resident life advisor and played soccer for the Dartmouth Men's Soccer team. During his senior year in college, he began fundraising to build their rural village's first clinic in partnership with his older brothers, ailing father and the village leaders. The clinic opened in April 2007 in honor of their parents who died of HIV/AIDS. Currently, Fred spends his free time giving presentations/keynote addresses across the country to raise funds and awareness for the Lwala Community Alliance, a non-profit that they formed to support their work in Kenya. In his "other spare time", he enjoys cooking, playing volleyball, soccer with the Vanderbilt Club Team, listening to music, watching movies, attending fellowship at church and spending time with friends.

Thomas Spain,M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Thomas was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt.  As a resident, he developed a career interest in systems improvement in healthcare and was able to gain experience in quality improvement, clinical informatics, hospital operations, and population health projects.  He is currently completing advanced training in quality improvement methods, quantitative analysis, and healthcare leadership through the VA Quality Scholars fellowship and earning an MPH from Vanderbilt.  He aims to use his expertise in the transformation of healthcare delivery and loves to design systems that enable excellent patient care through improving how health professionals do and enjoy their work.  Thomas also practices primary care in the Vanderbilt Med-Peds clinic and supervises resident teams at the VA.  He and his wife have four young children, three of whom were born during his Vanderbilt residency.


Class of 2013:

Jimmy,  Kat and Rob
at the Med-Peds graduation dinner
May 2010


Jimmy Carlucci, M.D.
Vanderbilt University



Dr. Carlucci is a Vanderbilt Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow


Rob Cronin, M.D.
Ohio State University



Dr. Cronin joined the Vanderbilt faculty in Med-Peds and Bioinformatics


Kat Gregory, M.D.
University of Tennessee



Dr. Gregory is Med-Peds faculty at Siloam Family Health Center


Class of 2012:

  Katie, Olivia, Dana and Bill
at the Med-Peds Graduation Dinner
June 2012


Olivia Giddings, M.D., Ph.D.
St. Louis University

Dr. GIddings is a med-peds combined pulmonary/ critical care fellow at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.




Dana Guyer, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Guyer is a med-peds physician on Martha's Vineyard.



Bill Heerman, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Heerman joined the Vanderbilt faculty in Med-Peds



Katie Rizzone, M.D.
UNC- Chapel Hill

Dr. Rizzone is a Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester



Class of 2011:



W. Taylor Brownlee, M.D.
University of Tennessee


Dr.Brownlee is a hospitalist at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN




Ashley R. Karpinos, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Karpinos joined the Vanderbilt faculty in med-peds and sports medicine.



S. Dorsey Rickard, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Rickard is in private practice med-peds in Brentwood, TN



A. Brooke Hooper, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Hooper is a med-peds physician in Bethesda, MD


Class of 2010:


Sarah Kippenbrock. M.D.
University of Nebraska

Dr. Kippenbrock is a med-peds endocrine fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.


Matthew Peachey, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Peachey  joined the Vanderbilt faculty in med-peds and palliative care.


Michelle Henson, M.D.
Duke University

Dr.Henson is a med-peds allergy fellow at Duke University.



Maie El-Sourady, M.D.
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Dr. El-sourady has joined the Vanderbilt faculty in med-peds and palliative care