Please get to know new faculty who have joined the Department of Medicine within the last six months.*
*Please note that this directory is updated by the 10th of each month.
- Assistant ProfessorDivision of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Postdoctoral Fellow-Allergy and ImmunologySpecialty:Allergy and ImmunologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Tennessee Health Science CenterInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
Dr. Sarah Adams received her baccalaureate degree (2008) in biology from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. She entered medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and received her MD degree in 2012. Dr. Adams completed her residency (2012-2016) at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and subsequently entered her fellowship training at Vanderbilt in 2016. She is board certified in Internal Medicine (2016) and Pediatrics (2016). Dr. Adams’ research interests focus on the coordination of asthma care. As a resident at the Medical University of South Carolina, she assisted in numerous quality improvement projects, including her work in encouraging the prescription of inhaled corticosteroids in the emergency department. Dr. Adams is a member of many prestigious organizations, including the Alpha Omega Honors Society, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), and the Southeastern Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society (SEAAI). She has demonstrated consistent academic success over the course of her career. She has given talks and lectures throughout her fellowship and has published in well-recognized journals in the allergy field. Dr. Adams recently presented her work at the AAAAI meeting in Orlando, Florida, and has demonstrated engagement and diligent work during her research immersion.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Brigham and Women's HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Fellow-Cardiovascular MedicineSpecialty:Vascular MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Yale University School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Bristol, TN
Dr. Aaron Aday is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Aday's clinical interests are venous disease, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and varicose veins. In addition, he specializes in the care of patients with aortic disease, peripheral artery disease, and other rare forms of vascular disease. Dr. Aday's research interests focus on the identification of novel risk factors in the development of peripheral artery disease, venous thromboembolism, and other forms of vascular disease. Dr. Aday and his colleagues study these risk factors by using physiologic studies, epidemiologic cohorts, and clinical trials.
- Research Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Post-Doctoral FellowSpecialty:Small non-docing RNAs; Lipid/Lipoprotein MetabolismEducation/Training:Ph.D. - St Louis University School of MedicineHometown:Beebe, AR
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Meharry Medical CollegePrevious Role/Title:Independent ContractorSpecialty:Family MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Meharry Medical CollegeInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
Dr. Batson’s general interests include reducing healthcare disparities and closing the healthcare disparities gap in under-served communities. Other clinical and research interests include treating patients with a history of opioid abuse/dependence through behavioral therapies in lieu of prescription drugs. Dr. Batson received the Southern Regional Educational Board Scholarship.
- Instructor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of MedicineDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Chief Academic Fellow for Hematology/OncologySpecialty:Hematology/OncologyEducation/Training:M.D., Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University School of MedicineB.S. - Southwestern UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Midland, TX
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Beckerman’s clinical and research interest is in the growing field of immuno-oncology. At the bench, her focus is to identify how the tumor microenvironment alters T cell function important to the therapeutic efficacy of checkpoint inhibitor therapy. She plans to use these discoveries to target metabolic deficits and try to identify biologic correlates predictive of response to immunotherapy.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:University of LouisvillePrevious Role/Title:Cardiology FellowSpecialty:Cardiovascular DiseaseEducation/Training:M.D. - Virginia Commonwealth UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
Dr. Bottinor earned her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. During her residency she developed an interest in clinical outcomes-based research and studied the relationship between contrast allergy and short- and long-term outcomes in patients undergoing angiography. She completed her general cardiology fellowship at University of Louisville. It was during her fellowship that she developed an interest in cardio-oncology and, under the mentorship of Dr. Carrie Lenneman, helped design a cardio-oncology curriculum. Dr. Bottinor continued her research endeavors and investigated the cardiovascular effects of combination human epidermal growth factor receptor antagonism with Pertuzumab and Transtuzumab in patients with breast cancer. She is board certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and has published on the role of echocardiography and novel echocardiographic techniques in pre-clinical detection of cancer-related cardiotoxicity. In addition, she has contributed to sources for patient education, including the American College of Cardiology CardioSmart webpage. To date she has seven first-author publications. Most recently, she has been completing an advanced fellowship in cardio-oncology under the tutelage of Dr. Javid Moslehi. Her current research focuses on cardiovascular toxicities associated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors. Her long-term career goal is to improve clinical care and outcomes for patients with cancer and cancer survivors by improving understanding of the cardiovascular toxicities of novel anti-cancer agents.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:Clinical PharmacologyPrevious Institution:Harvard Medical SchoolPrevious Role/Title:Instructor in PediatricsSpecialty:ToxicologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Yale School of MedicineHometown:Concord, MA
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Brigham and Women's HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Assistant ProfessorSpecialty:Allergy & ImmunologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Ringoes, NJ
Dr. Katherine Cahill received her baccalaureate degree (2003) in biology from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. She entered medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received her MD degree in 2007. Dr. Cahill completed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and subsequently completed her fellowship training at Harvard Medical School in 2013. She is board certified in Internal Medicine (2010) and Allergy and Immunology (2012). Dr. Cahill’s research interests focused on aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) and the treatment of severe asthma. She has published seminal work on the latter topic on the development of new therapies, including the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors. As a clinical research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Cahill exhibited an exceptional bedside manner and astute concern for finding better treatment solutions for her allergy and asthma patients through translational research. Her diligent laboratory work has culminated in numerous conference presentations concerning successful experimental work studying the overproduction of the inflammatory prostaglandin and the relationship to the severity of disease manifestation in patients with AERD. Dr. Cahill is a member of several prestigious organizations, including American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Thoracic Society. She has given lectures throughout her career, published her findings in several well-recognized journals in the allergy field, and has demonstrated engagement and diligent work during her research immersion.
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:St. Petersburg General HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Family Medicine ResidentSpecialty:Family MedicineEducation/Training:D.O. - Midwestern UniversityHometown:Temecula, CA
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthPrevious Role/Title:Chief ResidentSpecialty:Occupational MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Tufts UniversityM.P.H. - Harvard UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Boston, MA
Dr. Michael Chin joins Vanderbilt Health and Wellness from Harvard University. He graduated in 2018 from the Harvard Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and is an alumnus of the Tufts University School of Medicine, class of 2009. Before entering occupational medicine, he had conducted years of extensive research in wound healing and radiation exposure at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His basic science and clinical investigations in radiation led to a serendipitous interest in public health and occupational medicine. In addition to taking care of Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and employees, he looks forward to pursuing his interests in preventing burnout, optimizing work performance, and building stress resiliency.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
Yash Choksi is a Clinical Instructor in Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology. Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, he completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He is committed to a career in basic and translational research and, in particular, is interested in studying eosinophil biology in the context of eosinophilic esophagitis and esophageal cancers.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Columbia University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Cardiology FellowSpecialty:CardiologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of VirginiaPh.D. - University of VirginiaHometown:Belleair Beach, FL
- Research Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Nephrology and HypertensionPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Doctoral Student and Lab ManagerSpecialty:Biochemistry, Evolution, Extracellular matrix, CollagenEducation/Training:Ph.D. - Tennessee State UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Ashland, KY
Aaron is interested in the evolutionary origin and role of the cellular microenvironment in the transition from unicellular organisms to multicellular animals. A major component of the cellular microenvironment is collagen IV, which forms smart scaffolds that tether proteins, connect cells, strengthen tissues, and transmit information as a component of basement membranes (BM). The role of collagen IV, along with other BM components, likely played a role in enabling the transition from unicellular ancestors to multicellular animals. To study the role of collagen IV and BM during the transition, Aaron studies the earliest animals such as ctenophores, sponges, and cnidarians, as well as unicellular relatives, such as choanoflagellates and filastereans. By studying organisms that represent this transition, we can understand the role of the cellular microenvironment throughout evolution. Furthermore, understanding the core functions of collagen in early animals and unicellular relatives might shed light on conserved functions of collagens in human tissues and disease. Aaron has been involved with the nationally-recognized Aspirnaut Program at VUMC since 2009, mentoring and teaching nearly 200 students and teaching over 1,000 students through STEM-based, hands-on "beaming" videoconferencing sessions with rural schools in Tennessee, Arkansas, Maine, and Montana over the last eight years. As a part of Aspirnaut, Aaron has actively involved students in the discovery process, resulting in co-authorships with nearly 80 middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Aaron also enjoys hiking and camping, running, guitar, and gardening alongside his wife, Ashley, and their German Shepherd/Lab mix, Lillie, on a farm near the Natchez Trace.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Mayo ClinicPrevious Role/Title:Structural/Interventional Cardiology FellowSpecialty:Structural/Interventional CardiologyEducation/Training:M.B.B.S. - Maulana Azad Medical College University of DelhiInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Punjab, India
Dr. Goel is a structural interventional cardiologist trained at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He will join the Division of Cardiology with a particular focus on structural heart interventions. His research interests include invasive hemodynamics in valvular heart disease, outcomes of surgical and percutaneous interventions in valvular disorders, and clinical trials of transcatheter therapies in valvular heart disease. He has extensive research experience in clinical outcomes and has published more than 50 manuscripts in high-impact journals including Circulation, JACC, and JAMA Internal Medicine. He is currently working on multiple projects focused on outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), valvular heart disease, and structural interventions. His specific research projects will include prospective studies assessing hemodynamic and structural changes in asymptomatic aortic stenosis and elucidating ventriculo-vascular coupling in symptomatic aortic stenosis patients undergoing TAVR or AVR. His clinical interests include structural heart disease and transcatheter interventions such as TAVR, MitraClip, mitral and tricuspid valve-in-valve, paravalvular leak closures, LAA closures, pulmonary vein stenting, septal ablations, pseudoaneurysm closures, and complex high-risk PCIs. He has a particular interest and expertise in advanced invasive hemodynamics, complex valvular heart disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is also the deputy editor for U.S. Cardiology reviews and is an invited reviewer for many prestigious cardiology journals. Based on his academic prowess and excellence in clinical practice, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine during his fellowship.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Mayo ClinicPrevious Role/Title:FellowSpecialty:Hospital Internal MedicineEducation/Training:M.B.,Ch.B. - University of BagdadHometown:New York, NY
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Southern Hills Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Hospitalist/D.O.Specialty:Family MedicineEducation/Training:D.O. - West Virginia School of Osteopathic MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Mt. Juliet, TN
Dr. Haskins has a special interest in performing osteopathic manipulations within her practice. She has led many presentations, including Aging Actively, Becoming an Osteopathic Physician, Nutrition and Exercise, and Effects of Sugar on Oral Health and Weight Gain. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and going to festivals, concerts, and the theater.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Cincinnati Children's HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Internal Medicine & Pediatrics ResidentSpecialty:Internal Medicine & Pediatric HospitalistEducation/Training:M.D. - James H. Quillen College of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:McMinnville, TN
Dr. Holmes is joining the Vanderbilt community as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, specifically as a combined internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist. She received her BS in biology from Middle Tennessee State University, followed my medical school at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine. She recently completed her med-peds residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is interested in serving vulnerable and complex populations, with an interest in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on an individual’s mental health, hospital readmissions, and chronic disease progression over the course of a lifetime. The Vanderbilt Familiar Faces Program will provide her this unique opportunity. Merranda will also continue to volunteer as a med-peds hospitalist at Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa, where she helps train local medical residents. Merranda’s extended family resides in Middle Tennessee, and aside from spending time with them, she enjoys hiking, music, and being an active member of her church and community.
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:Rheumatology and ImmunologyPrevious Institution:McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science CenterPrevious Role/Title:Assistant ProfessorSpecialty:RheumatologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterB.S. - Louisiana State University, 2006Interests/Achievements:Hometown:Lake Charles, LA
Dr. Sarah Homann is an Instructor in the Department of Medicine/Division of Rheumatology, as well as a Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar. She is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, but also claims Houston, Texas as home. Dr. Homann completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She returned to Houston to complete both her internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she then remained as a faculty member for over two years. She is interested in quality improvement and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Vanderbilt.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Geriatric Medicine GroupPrevious Institution:The Cleveland ClinicPrevious Role/Title:Associate Staff for Palliative Medicine at HomeSpecialty:Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Fort Lee, NJ
Ms. Horr joins VUMC from the Cleveland Clinic where she was on the Associate Staff for Palliative Medicine at Home and Associate Hospice Medical Director. She specializes in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine.
- Research Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Nephrology and HypertensionPrevious Institution:Yale UniversityPrevious Role/Title:Research ScientistSpecialty:Molecular BiologistEducation/Training:Ph.D. - Institute of Cytology and GeneticdsInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Franklin, TN
Dr. Ivanova's area of expertise is studying pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms of disease development and progression using in vitro and in vivo approaches. Over the last several years, her research has been focused primarily on systemic diseases and pathologies linked to mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress-induced damage. Using Fus1 KO mouse as a model of mitochondrial dysfunction that she created, Dr. Ivanova investigated mitochondria-mediated molecular mechanisms of spontaneous and asbestos-induced cancers, acute and chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, infection, radiosensitivity, aging, and neurodegeneration. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop pharmacological and genetic approaches to reverse and treat pathological processes that underlie development of diseases mediated via mitochondrial dysfunction.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Mayo ClinicPrevious Role/Title:FellowSpecialty:Transplant HepatologyEducation/Training:M.B.,Ch.B. - University of BaghdadInterests/Achievements:Hometown:New York, NY
Dr. Izzy studies the impact of cirrhosis on cardiovascular outcomes with a special focus on cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. His research aims to improve the diagnostic criteria for cirrhotic cardiomyopathy in view of the recent developments in echocardiography techniques that can improve understanding of this issue in terms of diagnosis, assessment of risk factors, and assessment of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy impact on outcomes pre- and post-liver transplant. Dr. Izzy is also interested in studying cardiovascular, renal, and malignancy-related outcomes in patients with recurrent or de novo steatosis post-transplant. The goal of his outcome-based research is to identify reversible or modifiable risk factors that can improve the long-term survival in these patients. Dr. Izzy is interested in clinical education of medical students, residents, and fellows with emphasis on improving the research curriculum for gastroenterology fellows across the nation. He has authored multiple articles and two book chapters and has presented numerous abstracts in national meetings. He is an invited reviewer for multiple journals in gastroenterology and hepatology, and his research has repeatedly been awarded several national and local awards.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Cedars Sinai Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Tehran University of Medical SciencesM.P.H. - Loma Linda UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Kashani’s research interest is in the recurrence of Crohn’s disease. Currently he is looking at genetics, demographics, and clinical characteristics of the patients with ileocolonic Crohn’s disease who have undergone surgical resection. The aim is to identify the predictors of the disease recurrence post-operatively. Also, he has conducted several systematic reviews and meta analyses in fecal microbiome transplantation for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He has conducted systematic review and meta analysis on efficacy of biosimilar drugs in inflammatory bowel disease. The results of these projects were presented at ACG and DDW meetings.
- Associate Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:Infectious DiseasesPrevious Institution:St. Thomas West HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Chief of Medicine and Infectious DiseasesSpecialty:Infectious DiseasesEducation/Training:M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of MedicineB.A. - Vanderbilt University, 1973Interests/Achievements:Hometown:Hopkinsville, KY
Dr. Latham has been a noted fixture in the Nashville infectious diseases community for several years. He was a vital member of the Vanderbilt teaching faculty from 1989 until 2005, and was given the William Schaffner Infectious Diseases Teaching Award by the fellows three times during that period. After leaving Vanderbilt, he became Chief of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at St. Thomas Hospital (now St. Thomas West Hospital). Despite taking on an added administrative role in his new job, Dr. Latham functioned as the sole infectious diseases practitioner at one of Nashville’s busiest tertiary hospitals where he continued his primary interest of cardiovascular and fungal infections. In 2012, he became the primary provider for over 70 patients afflicted with fungal meningitis as a result of receiving contaminated epidural steroid injections at the St. Thomas Neuroscience Center. Much of that work has been published in the NEJM in collaboration with physicians at the Centers for Disease Control. As a result, in November 2012, Dr. Latham was awarded with the following: a Day of Recognition for State of Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam; an award for exemplary service and contribution to St. Thomas Hospital by the medical staff; and in 2013, he was named a Seton Society Honoree at the annual Seton Society Celebration. In 2014, at the Annual St. Thomas Medical Staff Meeting, Dr. Latham was awarded the George R. Burrus Humanitarian Award for his dedication to the exceptional care of patients at St. Thomas for so many years.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Johns Hopkins HospitalPrevious Role/Title:ResidentSpecialty:Internal MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Medical College of GeorgiaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Atlanta, GA
Dr. Ledford recently joined the Vanderbilt faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine with a focus on hospital medicine and a broader interest in health economics and bedside procedures. After growing up in Georgia, he completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is married to Amie, an accomplished photographer, and he has three children, ages <1, 3, and 6. When away from work, he enjoys spending time with family and music.
- Assistant ProfessorDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Brigham and Women's Hospital; Atrius HealthPrevious Role/Title:ResidentSpecialty:Internal Medicine and Primary CareEducation/Training:M.D. - Harvard Medical SchoolPh.D. - Harvard Graduate School of Arts and SciencesInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Duncanville, TX
With doctoral training in behavioral and development economics, Scott’s principal research interests lie in improving the delivery of primary healthcare both in the United States and, especially, in low-income countries. Recent research projects include several field-based randomized controlled trials designed to strengthen large-scale, public-sector frontline health worker programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Scott graduated with a joint MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in health policy and management from Harvard Business School in 2015. Prior to that, he obtained an MPA in development studies from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an MPhil in environment and development from the University of Cambridge (where he studied as a Gates Scholar), and a BA in anthropology and comparative religion from Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He has previously held research and policy positions at the World Health Organization, Partners in Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His work has been supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Weiss Family Program Fund, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the UBS Optimus Foundation, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, and the International Growth Center.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Louisiana State University Health Sciences CenterPrevious Role/Title:Resident PhysicianSpecialty:Internal MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Louisiana State University Health Sciences CenterInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Alexandria, LA
Kevin grew up in Beijing, China, before emigrating to the United States at the age of five and settling down in Alexandria, Louisiana. He attended college at Emory University before moving closer to home for medical school at LSU Health New Orleans and completing residency at LSU Health Baton Rouge. He is passionate about improving clinical education, studying physiology in extreme conditions, and providing care to the homeless. In his free time, Kevin is an avid rock climber and backpacker, recently completing the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. He is excited to move to Nashville and explore the Smokies with his five-pound Pomeranian, Pop.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Skyline Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Interventional Cardiologist/Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization LaboratorySpecialty:Interventional CardiologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of MedicneInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dr. Long is a native of Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and received his MD degree in 2000. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Long did his fellowship training in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Loyola University in Chicago, where he was chosen to be Chief Cardiology Fellow. After completing his training in 2007, Dr. Long returned to Nashville to join an established cardiology practice. For over ten years, he has cared for patients in the hospital and office setting. Dr. Long has served as Medical Director of Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Care at his hospital, where he started one of Nashville's first transradial cardiac catheterization programs. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. His research interests include improving care processes in acute coronary syndromes and the appropriate use of invasive cardiac procedures. Dr. Long lives with his wife and three children in Brentwood, Tennessee. His hobbies include running, travel, watersports, and various outdoor adventures with his family.
- Research Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Genetic MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Post-Doctoral FellowSpecialty:Genetics of complex traitsEducation/Training:M.D. - Shanghai Medical UniversityPh.D. - Wageningen UniversityHometown:Jiangsu, China
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Nephrology and HypertensionPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:NephrologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Vanderbilt School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Atlanta, GA
During her pre-clinical and clinical training, Dr. McCall has been involved in a variety of research projects that have spanned from basic science research in cellular biology to humanities-based research using alternative approaches. More recently, her research interests have been clinical in scope and have been directed towards the geriatric population. Her wide variety of experiences gives a broad foundation and will help aid in developing a career as a clinician educator at an academic medical center.
- Associate ProfessorDivision of:Genetic MedicinePrevious Institution:Wake Forest School of MedicinePrevious Role/Title:Associate ProfessorSpecialty:Genetic epidemiology of diabetes, kidney diseaseEducation/Training:Ph.D. - The Chinese University of Hong KongHometown:Hong Kong
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:NorthShore OMEGA/Employee Health ServicesPrevious Role/Title:Occupational Medicine PhysicianSpecialty:Occupational MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Meharry Medical CollegeM.P.H. - Meharry Medical CollegeHometown:
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Interventional Cardiology FellowSpecialty:Interventional CardiologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Vanderbilt School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Galion, OH
After completing an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. O’Leary matriculated to Vanderbilt Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he studied adult congenital heart disease. Dr. O’Leary then returned to Vanderbilt for adult general cardiology fellowship and served as chief cardiovascular fellow. He then completed interventional cardiology fellowship, also at Vanderbilt, as the chief interventional fellow. Dr. O’Leary was awarded the Cardiovascular Medicine Rhodes Scholarship Award for his research efforts while in fellowship. He has presented his work at numerous national meetings. Dr. O’Leary’s clinical interests include acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, adult congenital heart disease, and structural heart disease. Dr. O’Leary is married to his wife Chelsea and enjoys reading, running, and outdoor activities with his dog, Jones.
- Professor of MedicineDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Johns Hopkins UniversityPrevious Role/Title:Professor of Oncology, Associate Director for Research Training and Education SKCC, Associate DeanSpecialty:Medical OncologyEducation/Training:M.D. - The University of PennsylvaniaPh.D. - The University of PennsylvaniaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Saginaw, MI
Dr. Park is a physician-scientist with expertise in molecular targets for cancer, including circulating plasma tumor DNA as biomarkers for detecting residual disease, which is known as a ‘liquid biopsy.’ He is a leader in the field of PIK3CA gene mutations and their relevance to breast cancer. In 2004, he was the first to identify a high frequency of PIK3CA mutations in breast cancer and then discovered their contributions towards oncogenic phenotypes. His work, including the generation of genetically modified cell lines, has been widely cited, and requests for his cell lines have led to important discoveries by other investigators. Dr. Park also has made fundamental contributions to the field of drug resistance, including hormone therapy resistance. Along with colleagues, he holds several patents for the discovery of unique compounds used in treating various diseases. His research is supported by funding from the National Cancer Institute (a division of the National Institutes of Health), the Avon Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He has been the recipient of numerous foundation awards, including the V Foundation, American Cancer Society, the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, as well as the Department of Defense. He also has been named a Komen Scholar and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:University of South FloridaPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Alabama School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Boaz, AL
Dr. Brijesh Patel grew up in a small town in North Alabama and went to the University of Alabama School of Medicine for medical school. He completed his residency and fellowship in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of South Florida. During his fellowship, Dr. Patel served as a chief fellow in the Department of Digestive Diseases at the University of South Florida. He is interested in biliary and pancreas diseases with special interest in enteral luminal stents involving malignant and benign diseases. He has been involved with a multi-center trial in large polyp endoscopic mucosal resection and other research projects involving ERCP and enteroscopy. Dr. Patel has done international medical mission work in Panama and India through sponsored grants during his residency. He is an avid runner and enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, and enjoys racquetball sports. He is a big fan of Alabama football. He is married, and he and his wife love to travel in their time off.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Medical University of South CarolinaPrevious Role/Title:Medical StudentSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Medical University of South CarolinaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Hermitage, TN
Dan is currently a 3rd-year gastroenterology fellow with clinical and research interests aimed at improving the current understanding of physiology, biology, and treatment of various esophageal disorders. His academic training and research experience have provided him with an excellent background to achieve those aims. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with minors in neurosciences and medical humanities from the University of South Carolina Honors College and completed his medical school education at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University in 2015 and started working with Dr. Michael Vaezi in 2012, who currently serves as his research mentor. During his residency, he started to further expand his knowledge of various esophageal disorders (achalasia, GERD, and atypical GERD with focus on extra-esophageal manifestations, including laryngopharyngeal reflux) with the help of his mentor and has published multiple reviews in various journals. He has also collaborated with ENT specialists and the Department of Outcomes Research to develop the first systematic review assessing development and validation of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in dysphagia and laryngopharyngeal reflux with a first-authored manuscript and a second-authored manuscript published in Diseases of the Esophagus (2017) and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2016), respectively. Furthermore, he has also learned how to perform a large-scale cross sectional study evaluating economic and survival burden of dysphagia among inpatients in the United States, which has been accepted for publication as a first-authored manuscript in Diseases of the Esophagus (2017).
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Southern Hills Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:HospitalistSpecialty:Family MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - Wayne State University School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Brentwood, TN
Dr. Patel is interested in women's and pediatric wellness. She began a masters program at Vanderbilt/Meharry Medical College and hopes to complete her MPH in the near future. Her favorite job is being a mother. Her greatest achievement is raising her daughters. Her eldest is now earning her PhD in STEM education with a major in chemistry. Her youngest anticipates graduating in 2019 from RHS and hopes to go to medical school for psychiatry after earning a BS in psychology. She loves doctoring the RHS band students as she volunteers as a band mother.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple UniversityPrevious Role/Title:Assistant Professor of MedicineSpecialty:Advanced Heart Failure and TransplantEducation/Training:M.D. - Harvard Medical SchoolB.S, Chemical Engineering - M.I.T., 2003Interests/Achievements:Hometown:Bellerose, NY
Lynn Punnoose's research interests include outcomes of dual organ transplantation, assessment of cardiac risk factors in kidney transplantation, and management of cardiogenic shock. In addition, she is developing her skills in medical education through (1) improving systems-based practices at the trainee and faculty level and (2) working with the Education Workforce of the Heart Failure/Transplant Council at the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation to develop symposia and educational sessions for faculty. She hopes to develop efforts in community education and awareness of heart failure, as well. Clinical interests include advanced heart failure, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support. When not at work, she sings second soprano in a community choir and tries out Blue Apron recipes on family and friends.
- Research Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Post-Doctoral Research FellowSpecialty:Pulmonary hypertensionEducation/Training:Ph.D. - University of FloridaHometown:Nashville, TN
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Geriatric Medicine GroupPrevious Institution:Duke UniversityPrevious Role/Title:FellowSpecialty:GeriatricsEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Tennesse Health Science CenterInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Knoxville, TN
Dr. Rhea recently joined the Vanderbilt faculty and is excited to return to Tennessee. She grew up in Knoxville where many of her friends and family continue to live. After obtaining her MD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, she completed residency in internal medicine at University of Alabama in Birmingham. She pursued a geriatrics fellowship at Duke University, and during this process, she hoped to return to Tennessee and is excited for the opportunity to join Vanderbilt. She looks forward to being a part of the team!
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Nephrology and HypertensionPrevious Institution:Nephrology Associates of MobilePrevious Role/Title:NephrologistSpecialty:NephrologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Texas A&M Health Science CenterInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Houston, TX
Dr. Megha Salani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a member of the Division of Nephrology. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and received her medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and fellowship in nephrology at Vanderbilt. Dr. Salani is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. She joined Vanderbilt as faculty in 2018 with a focus in the Home Dialysis Program, working as a clinician educator. Other areas of interest include chronic kidney disease, stone disease, and electrolyte and acid/base disorders.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:University of Alabama BirminghamPrevious Role/Title:MDSpecialty:Gastroenterology, Hepatology, NutritionEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Mississippi School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Oxford, MS
Dr. Sarker has a passion for global gastrointestinal motility with special interest in working with bariatric patients. She is studying how affecting the motility in these patients can, in turn, help with weight loss and improvement in their comorbid conditions. She is interested in creating a multidisciplinary approach for patients with motility disorders and obesity. She is very excited to continue her work at Vanderbilt and serve the community.
- Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and PediatricsDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Resident PhysicianSpecialty:Internal Medicine and PediatricsEducation/Training:M.D. - Drexel University College of MedicineEmory UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Tucson, AZ
Dr. Taylor recently completed his residency at Vanderbilt and has been appointed Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He will serve as the first director of the new VUMC Clinic for Transgender Health.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:Hematology/OncologyEducation/Training:M.B.B.S. - Maulana Azad Medical CollegeM.D. - Maulana Azad Medical CollegeInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Delhi, India
Dr. Sethi ‘s research interests center on lymphoid malignancies with a focus on tumor immunology and on clinical trials testing novel immunotherapeutic strategies in lymphoma. She completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and chief residency at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India, before moving to the United States. She pursued her second internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville, during which time she studied the immunomodulatory effects of Beta-glucans on murine macrophages and dendritic cells in the laboratory of Dr. Jun Yan. She followed her interest in tumor immunology as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, studying a novel method for imaging tumor-associated macrophages in sarcomas and lymphomas under the mentorship of Dr. Heike Daldrup-Link. This work was supported by PhRMA Foundation’s Translational Medicine and Therapeutics’ postdoctoral fellowship award. After joining Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a clinical fellow in hematology/oncology, Dr. Sethi developed a clinical interest in lymphomas with a continued research focus on immunology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Nishitha Reddy, Dr. Sethi has published several manuscripts and abstracts, has presented at national meetings, and has participated in competitive clinical trial workshops. In addition, she is completing a Masters of Clinical Investigation (MSCI) degree from Vanderbilt University and expects to graduate in May 2018. With Dr. Reddy, she has also written an application and successfully obtained funding for investigator-initiated trials using novel strategies for checkpoint inhibitors in non-Hodgkin lymphomas. In her free time, she likes spending time outdoors with her husband, Sandeep, and dog, Milo.
- Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:FellowSpecialty:Hematology/OncologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of MississippiB.A., German - Millsaps College, 2005Interests/Achievements:Hometown:Natchez, MS
Dr. Tillman’s clinical and research interests fall within the field of general hematology. He has a specific focus in the area of classical hematology, and his research has centered on contact activation and the role of factor XI under the broad category of immunothrombosis. His clinical interests also focus on rare bleeding disorders and acquired abnormalities of the coagulation system. When he is not at the hospital, he spends his time with his family.
- Research Assistant Professor of MedicineDivision of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Research Fellow TraineeSpecialty:Infection and Asthma in NeonatesEducation/Training:Ph.D. - University of IllinoisInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dr. Kedir Turi has unique and sought-after training and expertise in systems biology and applied quantitative methods. His long-term research goal is to understand the mechanisms through which in utero and early life environmental exposures contribute to the development of childhood asthma and allergy syndromes. He is particularly interested in understanding the effect of in utero and early life exposure on the developing metabolic and immune systems. Since joining the Center for Asthma Research as a postdoctoral fellow in 2015, Dr. Turi’s research has focused on identifying and understanding phenotypes and endotypes of childhood asthma and allergic syndromes through the integration of high-dimensional data of child immune response and metabolomics. At that time, he began a mentorship under Dr. Tina V. Hartert, Professor and Director of the Center for Asthma Research. As a faculty member in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Turi seeks to launch an elite translational research program focused on identifying specific endotypes of allergy and wheeze and identifying molecular pathways by integrating high-dimensional omics data such as genetic, metabolic, and immune-response data. Such a program would incorporate systems approaches, systems immunology, metabolomics, and computational integrative approaches. Dr. Turi received his baccalaureate degree from Haramaya University, Ethiopia (2003). He earned masters’ degrees in markets and consumer sciences from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2009), and applied economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012). He received his PhD in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015).
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:University of MichiganPrevious Role/Title:ResidentSpecialty:Internal MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - University of LouisvilleInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Alexandria, KY
Jimmy Uebel was born in Alexandria, Kentucky, where he grew up. He then attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate studies and medical school. He left Kentucky and headed to the University of Michigan to train in internal medicine. While there, he had research projects studying the therapeutic differences and outcomes in sub-groups of acute myelogenous leukemia and resident competency with regard to health policy and the ACA. He was awarded a teaching award, voted on by medical students, at the University of Michigan and the Bruce Jones Housestaff Spirit Award, voted on by his co-residents. He is interested in medical/resident education and public policy. Outside of the hospital, he is an avid fan of the University of Kentucky basketball team and Cincinnati professional sports. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, mostly his three nieces and nephew. He enjoys traveling and hiking when afforded the opportunity.
- Instructor of MedicineDivision of:Infectious DiseasesPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:Infectious DiseasesEducation/Training:M.D. - Jefferson Medical CollegePh.D. - Jefferson College of Graduate StudiesInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Wanjalla’s long-term goal is to be a tenured physician-scientist conducting global research in academic medicine with a focus on reducing the burden of metabolic disease due to chronic viral infections, including HIV and herpes viruses. She holds a PhD in immunology and microbial pathogenesis with training in the basic principles of T cell and B cell immunology. As a graduate student, she established a mouse model to study a dendritic cell-based vaccine against HIV-1 using rabies virus as a vector. She demonstrated that rabies virus dendritic cell vaccines were equally immunogenic compared to the viral vector. However, co-expression of granulocyte macrophage-stimulating factor reduced the antigen-specific CD8 T cell responses in the model, independent of viral replication. Dr. Wanjalla’s research career has resulted in 15 publications and one research grant. Her training and research have increased her interest in the role of T cells in the pathogenesis of metabolic disease in individuals with chronic viral infections.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Diabetes, Endocrinology, and MetabolismPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Clinical FellowSpecialty:Adult EndocrinologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of CaliforniaB.S. - Stanford UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:San Leandro, CA
Dr. Sophia Yu is a native of California. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences at Stanford University and her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt and continued as an adult endocrinology fellow. Prior to Vanderbilt, Dr. Yu was a clinical research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she sought to understand the triglyceride paradox in African Americans. She continues her research in risk factors for cardiometabolic disease at Vanderbilt and is a member of the physician-scientist organization, Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society. She has served as Chief Endocrinology Fellow during her training and is delighted to stay at Vanderbilt as Instructor of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include diabetes, sex and ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease, and lipid disorders.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Aurora St. Luke's Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:CardiologyEducation/Training:M.S.N. - Duke UniversityB.S.N., Michigan State University, 2011Interests/Achievements:Hometown:Concord, MI
Ashley received her BSN from Michigan State University in 2011 and went on to complete her MSN in 2014 at Duke University with a focus in adult gerontology primary care. During her career as a nurse practitioner, Ashley has worked in electrophysiology and interventional cardiology. She was a member of the Heart Failure Quality Committee at St. Luke's Medical Center and hopes to continue to serve in a committee whose main focus is improving patient outcomes. In Ashley's spare time, she loves to travel and explore. She has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the past seven years and is looking forward to establishing a home in Nashville.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Diabetes, Endocrinology, and MetabolismPrevious Institution:Hayes Endocrine & DiabetesPrevious Role/Title:Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:EndocrinologyEducation/Training:M.S.N. - Belmont UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Blytheville, AR
Brannan U. Cole joins the Vanderbilt faculty after two years of working as a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes and other endocrine-related health issues. He is fascinated with the relationship between diabetes and depression. Do individuals with type II diabetes make poor food choices because of an underlying brain chemistry imbalance, or does depression contribute to making poor food choices? And what is a healthcare provider’s best entry point for diagnosing and treating these conditions? Brannan wants to explore and understand the interdependence of these two issues to see how interventions to address one variable could affect or alleviate the impact of the other condition. He sees examining a patient’s relationship with food as a central component of long-term behavior change needed to address diabetes. He also works to improve and better understand counseling and patient retention of information post-appointment. Brannan's greatest joy is spending time with friends and family. He feels lucky to call his family his best friends. He loves to travel, watch sports (especially SEC football), finance reading, spending time at the lake, and working out. He is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt team and to contribute to positive patient outcomes.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Geriatric Medicine GroupPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Registered NurseSpecialty:Geriatric MedicineEducation/Training:M.S.N. - Vanderbilt University School of NursingB.S.N., Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GeorgiaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Atlanta, GA
After working as a registered nurse in critical care for almost five years, Beth received her Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in geriatrics at Vanderbilt University in 2017. During her years as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, she participated as a fellow in the Evidence-Based Nursing Research Fellowship and the Cal Turner Jr. Moral Leadership Fellowship at Vanderbilt. She has been involved in the Ethics Committee at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2015. Through her bioethics work and training in research, her professional interests are further aligned with caring for chronic conditions in older adults and providing education regarding end of life care. She has collaborated with the Tennessee State Health Insurance Programs to assist in educating older adults about choosing Medicare plans.
- Assistant ProfessorDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FLPrevious Role/Title:Advanced FellowSpecialty:Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular ImmunotherapyEducation/Training:M.B.B.S. - BJ Medical CollegeHometown:Junagadh, Gujarat, India
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Mayo ClinicPrevious Role/Title:Instructor in Medicine; Cardiovascular Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:Cardiovascular DiseaseEducation/Training:D.N.P. - Duke UniversityM.S.N. - Duke UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Rochester, MN
Monika Duitch, DNP, AGNP-C, has a passion for patient care and program implementation. She has worked with the Division of Cardiovascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Center (HRC) for almost four years, innovating healthcare delivery and practice standards from the bedside. Dr. Duitch worked as part of an interdisciplinary team with the Center for Science in Healthcare Delivery (CSHCD), the Enterprise Medicare/Medicaid Strategist, Revenue Cycle Leadership, and Dr. Chris McLeod to develop enterprise-wide billing standards for pre-pulmonary vein isolation shared medical appointments (SMAs), which are poised to positively impact patient outcomes and revenue patterns for all cardiovascular outpatient clinics. Dr. Duitch has co-developed the HRC virtual triaging model, HRC calendaring, Watchman left atrial appendage clinical infrastructure, and dictation/note templates for EPIC as part of the Plummer Project. She also created the infrastructure for an atrial fibrillation lifestyle modification clinical pathway. Dr. Duitch has chaired the Heart Rhythm Core Team project outlining the vision and objectives for staff and was recently appointed NPPA Cardiovascular Research Lead, helping colleagues build an area of expertise, connect with a physician mentor, and connect with research funding. Dr. Duitch is involved with multiple grant/research studies in cardiovascular disease at Mayo Clinic. These include an R01 for a shared decision-making tool in atrial fibrillation anticoagulation management, serving as PI on a submitted R21 for use of a deep neural network algorithm for calculation of serum potassium in wearable ECG monitoring for heart failure patients, and participating in a fetal ECG monitoring innovation grant funded through Mayo Clinic.
- Division of:Previous Institution:Previous Role/Title:Specialty:Education/Training:University of IowaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Newburgh, IN
Meral was born and raised abroad, but has called Newburgh, Indiana home for the past 14 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana, where she was recognized with the President’s Medal at graduation. Meral then moved to the charming Iowa City for medical school (Go Hawks!), where she was recognized with the Sebelin Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine at graduation. She also completed medical research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010) and Washington University (2011). Meral enjoys traveling, reading, playing basketball, music, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. Always open to expanding her horizons, Meral loves to learn and experience new things. She has gone skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, canoeing, and other fun activities experienced during a Wilderness Medicine rotation as a fourth year medical student. Meral looks forward to working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and to experiencing the Music City's great culture and community!
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Columbia University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:MICU Acute Care Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:Critical Care MedicineEducation/Training:M.S.N. - University of PennsylvaniaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:
Ms. Whitney D. Gannon, MSN, ACNP-BC, is an Assistant in Medicine on the VUMC faculty, a MICU adult acute care nurse practitioner, and coordinator of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) services in the adult MICU. She works to establish ECMO protocols and coordinating ECMO training for nurses, other nurse practitioners, and faculty physicians. In addition, she participates in research projects in the MICU regarding implementation of ECMO services and addresses other relevant research questions. Ms. Gannon received her bachelor’s degree in nursing (2009) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and received her master’s degree in nursing (2012) from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She went on, however, to receive a second master’s degree in epidemiology (2018) from Columbia University in New York. Prior to coming to VUMC, Ms. Gannon worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in the MICU at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She previously worked as a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Thoracic Society.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Registered Nurse-Endoscopy LabSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.S.N. - Tennessee State UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Naples, FL
Sara, originally from Naples, Florida, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Alabama and worked as a nurse for eight years before receiving her Master of Science in nursing from Tennessee State University in 2017. She was a registered nurse at Vanderbilt in the GI Endoscopy Lab for five years and decided she wanted to continue working in the gastroenterology specialty as a nurse practitioner. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.
- Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Northwestern UniversityPrevious Role/Title:Clinical Fellow-Hematology/OncologySpecialty:Medical OncologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of MichiganInterests/Achievements:Hometown:South Bend, IN
Dr. Iams’ primary research interest is identifying innovative applications of blood biomarker analysis in patients with lung cancer. He has helped develop infrastructure to perform key validation research on new technologies for blood biomarker analysis, both during his residency training at Vanderbilt University and his fellowship training at Northwestern University. Results from the early components of this work have been published (most recently in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, PMID 28951314) and presented at multiple national meetings. As a junior faculty member, he looks forward to continuing this work and keeping Vanderbilt at the leading edge of the field of blood biomarker development. He is also interested in medical education and has served as a Chief Resident during his internal medicine training at Vanderbilt and Chief Fellow during his fellowship training at Northwestern University. He plans to continue to engage in medical education activities and advance the medical education mission of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Diabetes, Endocrinology, and MetabolismPrevious Institution:Heritage Medical AssociatesPrevious Role/Title:Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:DiabetesEducation/Training:D.N.P. - Georgia State UniversityM.S.N. - Emory UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Kingsport, TN
Tiffanie received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in May 2017. The topic of her scholarly project was prevention of Type 2 diabetes. She has specialized in diabetes since 2009. Tiffanie enjoys watching college football with her husband, spending time with her dogs, and running half marathons.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Gastroenterology, Hepatology and NutritionPrevious Institution:Penn Highland DuboisPrevious Role/Title:Physician AssistantSpecialty:GastroenterologyEducation/Training:M.P.A.S. - Sanit Francis UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Johnstown, PA
Kristi received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences with minor in women and society from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in May 2015. She continued her education at Saint Francis University by completing a master’s degree in physician assistant sciences in May 2016. Kristi has been employed as a gastroenterology physician assistant at Penn Highlands in Dubois, Pennsylvania, since August 2016 and will join the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center in October 2018.
- Assistant in MedicineDivision of:Genetic MedicinePrevious Institution:Colorado Genetics LaboratoryPrevious Role/Title:Certified Senior Cytogenetic TechnologistSpecialty:Inherited Cancer PredispositionEducation/Training:M.S. - Ohio State UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Firestone, CO
Brenda Zuniga is a Genetic Counselor who provides strong clinical genetics support for physicians, nurses, and other allied health partners across multiple specialities (medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, genetics, breast surgery, radiology, gynecology, and gastroenterology).