New Faculty in the Department of Medicine

Please get to know new faculty who have joined the Department of Medicine within the last six months.* 

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*Please note that this directory is updated by the 10th of each month.

Faculty

  • Rebecca Bruccoleri, M.D.

    Rebecca Bruccoleri, M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    Clinical Pharmacology
    Previous Institution:
    Harvard Medical School
    Previous Role/Title:
    Instructor in Pediatrics
    Specialty:
    Toxicology
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Yale School of Medicine
    Hometown:
    Concord, MA
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Rebecca Bruccoleri investigates the current recommendations of toxicologists regarding sodium bicarbonate as an antidote for sodium channel blockade as evidenced by QRS widening on the ECG. The ToxIC registry is a database with entry completed by medical toxicologists who see patients at the bedside and then record toxicological exposures including vital signs abnormalities, laboratory testing, ECG findings, and treatments given.

  • Nitara Carswell, M.D.

    Nitara Carswell, M.D.

    Instructor in Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    Previous Role/Title:
    Specialty:
    Internal Medicine
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Meharry Medical College
    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
  • Jonazary R. Cervone

    Jonazary R. Cervone

    Instructor in Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    St. Petersburg General Hospital
    Previous Role/Title:
    Family Medicine Resident
    Specialty:
    Family Medicine
    Education/Training:
    D.O. - Midwestern University
    Hometown:
    Temecula, CA
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Jonazary Cervone is originally from Southern California where she attended the University of California, Irvine. She later earned her master’s degree in biomedical science from Midwestern University in Arizona and her medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Petersburg General Hospital in Florida. Dr. Cervone has an interest in preventative care and management of various chronic medical conditions. She enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time with her husband, son, and goldendoodle.

  • Satya Das, M.D.

    Satya Das, M.D.

    Instructor in Medicine
    Division of:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Chief Fellow
    Specialty:
    Medical Oncology
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Emory University
    Hometown:
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Joao A. de Andrade, M.D.

    Joao A. de Andrade, M.D.

    Professor
    Division of:
    Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    University of Alabama in Birmingham
    Previous Role/Title:
    Professor of Medicine
    Specialty:
    Interstitial Lung Disease
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Federal University of Rio Grande
    Hometown:
    Birmingham, AL
  • Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, M.B.B.S

    Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, M.B.B.S

    Division of:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Previous Institution:
    Moffitt Cancer Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Advanced Fellow
    Specialty:
    Blood and Marrow Transplantation and cellular Immunotherapy
    Education/Training:
    M.B.B.S. - BJ Medical College
    Hometown:
    Junagadh, Gujarat, India
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Dholaria’s area of specialization is in the treatment of hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation. His primary field of research is in the use of adoptive cellular therapies for the treatment of relapsed lymphoid and plasma cell malignancies. He has conducted studies investigating the outcomes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients undergoing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies. He is involved in translational research investigating the biomarkers of CAR T-cell therapy-associated toxicities. He has also conducted several observational studies utilizing cancer registries to study outcomes of mature T-cell lymphoma patients and presented his findings in national meetings. He has won the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit award for his work. Dr. Dholaria’s clinical interests include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, acute and chronic leukemias, adoptive cellular therapy (CAR-T), and stem cell transplantation.

  • Amanda C. Doran, Ph.D., M.D.

    Amanda C. Doran, Ph.D., M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of:
    Cardiovascular Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Columbia University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Cardiology Fellow
    Specialty:
    Cardiology
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - University of Virginia
    Ph.D. - University of Virginia
    Hometown:
    Belleair Beach, FL
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Doran’s research interest is in the cellular-molecular biology of cardiomatabolic disease. In particular, she is interested in mechanisms by which the immune system modulates the development of advanced atherosclerosis and promotes the resolution of inflammation. In addition, she has a clinical interest in preventive cardiology and lipidology.

  • Patrick Evans, Ph.D.

    Research Instructor
    Division of:
    Genetic Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Staff Scientist
    Specialty:
    Genomics and Population Genetics
    Education/Training:
    Ph.D. - University of Chicago
    Hometown:
    St. John, IN
  • Zinah Hadidi, M.D.

    Zinah Hadidi, M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    Mayo Clinic
    Previous Role/Title:
    Fellow
    Specialty:
    Hospital Internal Medicine
    Education/Training:
    M.B.,Ch.B. - University of Bagdad
    Hometown:
    New York, NY
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Hadidi recently joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Division of Hospital Medicine. She is interested in quality improvement and particularly in patient satisfaction. While growing up in Iraq, she completed medical school at the College of Medicine of Baghdad University. After moving to the United States, she completed her residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York, and later, she completed a fellowship in academic hospital medicine at Mayo Clinic-Rochester. She has worked as an attending hospitalist at Montefiore Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Hadidi is currently pursuing the clinical practice track as full-time faculty.

  • Jacklyn N. Hellwege, Ph.D.

    Jacklyn N. Hellwege, Ph.D.

    Research Instructor in Medicine
    Division of:
    Genetic Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Specialty:
    Molecular Genetics and Genomics
    Education/Training:
    Ph.D. - Wake Forest university
    Hometown:
    Hickory, NC
  • Eiman Jahangir, M.D., M.P.H.

    Eiman Jahangir, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor
    Division of:
    Cardiovascular Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    The Permanente Medical Group
    Previous Role/Title:
    Cardiologist/Physician
    Specialty:
    Cardiology
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    M.P.H. - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Hometown:
    Nashville, TN
  • Yingchang (Kevin) Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

    Yingchang (Kevin) Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

    Research Instructor in Medicine
    Division of:
    Genetic Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Specialty:
    Genetics of complex traits
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Shanghai Medical University
    Ph.D. - Wageningen University
    Hometown:
    Jiangsu, China
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Yingchang Lu has extensive research experience in the genetics of complex traits, including autoimmune, metabolic traits, and cancers. He has developed extensive skills to design, implement, and analyze genetic data from genome-wide association and exome sequencing studies, as well as transcriptomic and metabolomic data. He has been lead analyst of several large-scale GWAS meta-analysis consortium studies. His current research interest is on genetics of cardiometabolic traits.

  • Ana E. Nobis, M.D., M.P.H.

    Ana E. Nobis, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    NorthShore OMEGA/Employee Health Services
    Previous Role/Title:
    Occupational Medicine Physician
    Specialty:
    Occupational Medicine
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Meharry Medical College
    M.P.H. - Meharry Medical College
    Hometown:
    Interests/Achievements:

    Ana E. Nobis, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her fellowship, Ana completed a residency in preventive medicine and public health at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Ana is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Annika Rodriguez Scholar. Influenced by her family’s early travels through Latin America, she is passionate about occupational health at home and abroad, environmental medicine, and public health. Ana holds a Certificate in Global Health from Vanderbilt University and has participated in field-based research in Nicaragua, focusing on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease among young sugarcane harvesters. Ana is joining the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health as a physician in Occupational Health and Wellness. Her husband, Bill Nobis, is also joining Vanderbilt as a physician-scientist epileptologist. Bill and Ana have a four-year-old little girl and twin six-month old girls. The family looks forward to discovering the playgrounds and parks of Nashville.

  • Anand Rathinasabapathy, Ph.D.

    Anand Rathinasabapathy, Ph.D.

    Research Instructor in Medicine
    Division of:
    Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Specialty:
    Pulmonary hypertension
    Education/Training:
    Ph.D. - University of Florida
    Hometown:
    Nashville, TN
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Anandharajan (“Anand”) Rathinasabapathy completed his baccalaureate degree (1999) in pharmacy at the J.S.S. College of Pharmacy in Ooty, India. He received his M.S. (2003) in research from Anna University in Chennai, India. Anand began his doctoral studies in the United States at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2009, pursuing a Ph.D. in pharmacodynamics. Immediately following receipt of his Ph.D., (2015), he entered a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt (under the mentorship of Professor James D. West) studying the role of ACE2 and KCNK3 in pulmonary hypertension. Anand’s research during his postdoctoral fellowship was also guided by Dr. Anna Hemnes. As Research Instructor in Medicine, Anand continues the work of his mentors and also seeks independence through his own project submissions. He is well-published and has strong editorial experience. An enthusiastic researcher and teacher, Anand is eager to work with students and trainees to share his knowledge of laboratory techniques and experimental design.

  • Alexandra Shingina, M.D.

    Alexandra Shingina, M.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Division of:
    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Previous Institution:
    Previous Role/Title:
    Specialty:
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - McGill University School of Medicine
    Hometown:
  • Kristine Tatosyan-Jones, M.D., M.B.A.

    Kristine Tatosyan-Jones, M.D., M.B.A.

    Instructor, Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    Health Care Partners Medical Group
    Previous Role/Title:
    Primary Care Physician
    Specialty:
    Family Medicine
    Education/Training:
    M.B.A. - University of La Verne
    M.D. - Loma Linda Universtiy
    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. Tatosyan-Jones is interested in research opportunities and teaching. She is looking forward to growing professionally and taking advantage of the opportunities that VUMC offers.

  • Arwa Zakaria

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina
    Previous Role/Title:
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Specialty:
    Internal Medicine
    Education/Training:
    D.O. - Lincoln Memorial University
    Hometown:
    Johnson City, TN
  • Lin Zhong, M.D., Ph.D.

    Lin Zhong, M.D., Ph.D.

    Research Assistant Professor
    Division of:
    Cardiovascular Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Manager/Research Assistant III
    Specialty:
    Biomedical Research on Cardiovascular Diseases
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine
    Ph.D. - Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine
    Hometown:
    Nankang, Jiangxi Provine, China
    Interests/Achievements:

    For the past 20 years, Dr. Zhong has been actively engaged in research on cardiovascular diseases by integrating multiple disciplines involving physiological, biochemistry, and bioengineering methodologies. His initial research interest was in vascular endothelial cell dysfunction/injury, a key trigger of the development of cardiovascular diseases. His work demonstrated the pro-apoptotic role of nuclear transcription factor kappa B in endothelial cell apoptosis induced by reactive oxygen species. During his postdoctoral training, he worked on the effect of blood shear stress on smooth muscle cell migration and initial hyperplasia, pathological events leading to vein graft restenosis. Using a modified vein graft model, his work demonstrated the negative regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell migration by blood shear stress. Since joining the Cardiovascular Division in 2006, his research has been focused on titin, a giant protein that plays a pivotal role in regulating myocardial mechanics and causing cardiomyopathies. He found a novel role of ankyrin repeat domain 1, a transcriptional regulatory protein, in inducing hypertrophic gene expression by localizing GATA4 and ERK1/2 in cardiomyocyte nuclei.

  • Meral El Ramahi, M.D.

    Meral El Ramahi, M.D.

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Division of:
    General Internal Medicine and Public Health
    Previous Institution:
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Previous Role/Title:
    Hospitalist
    Specialty:
    Internal Medicine
    Education/Training:
    M.D. - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Hometown:
    Newburgh, IN
    Interests/Achievements:

    Dr. El Ramahi has called Newburgh, Indiana home for the past 18 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, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. Dr. El Ramahi then moved to the charming Iowa City for medical school at the nationally renowned University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she was recognized with the Sebelin Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine at graduation. Dr. El Ramahi values the importance of medical research and has completed research internships at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010) and Washington University (2011). She then completed her residency training in internal medicine at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is described by patients as compassionate, caring, empathetic, skillful, knowledgeable, adaptable, detail-oriented, and thorough. She genuinely believes in "taking medicine back to the bedside." Thus she keeps the humanistic approach to medicine at the forefront of the care she is privileged to provide. She enjoys reading, writing, journalism traveling, the theatre arts, soccer, basketball, music, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. Always open to expanding her horizons, Dr. El Ramahi loves to learn and experience new things.

  • Wren Sherrill

    Assistant in Medicine
    Division of:
    Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
    Previous Institution:
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Previous Role/Title:
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Specialty:
    Critical Care
    Education/Training:
    M.S.N. - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
    Hometown:
    Nashville, TN
    Interests/Achievements:

    Ms. Wren Sherrill is a nurse practitioner in the MICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is an Associate in Medicine on the Vanderbilt faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. Ms. Sherrill earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Belmont University in 2011 (magna cum laude). She entered the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2013 and completed her master’s degree in nursing in 2016 (Sigma Theta Tau in 2015 for academic excellence). While seeking her degree at Vanderbilt she worked as a critical care registered nurse in Vanderbilt’s MICU for more than three years. Between 2012 and 2016 she became certified in acute cardiovascular life support (ACLS), fundamentals of critical care support (FCCS), basic life support (BLS), adult-gerontology acute care (AG-AGNP), and emergency neurologic life support (ENLS), in addition to becoming a critical care registered nurse (CCRN). In 2016 Ms. Sherrill worked as a critical care registered nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard) in Boston. She also worked as a clinical preceptor and acute care nurse practitioner in the Trauma/Surgical/Medical ICU and as an acute care nurse practitioner for the Neurosciences ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard) in Boston. She worked to provide medical relief to Uganda in 2017. In November of 2018, she was recruited to join the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Sherrill is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACCN) and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) – Advanced Practice Provider Section.