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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:Clinical PharmacologyPrevious Institution:Harvard Medical SchoolPrevious Role/Title:Instructor in PediatricsSpecialty:ToxicologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Yale School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Concord, MA
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.
- 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 UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Temecula, CA
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.
- 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.
- Division of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Chief FellowSpecialty:Medical OncologyEducation/Training:M.D. - Emory UniversityHometown:Santa Barbara, CA
- Division of:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:University of Alabama in BirminghamPrevious Role/Title:Professor of MedicineSpecialty:Interstitial Lung DiseaseEducation/Training:M.D. - Federal University of Rio GrandeHometown:Birmingham, AL
- 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 VirginiaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Belleair Beach, FL
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.
- 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 BagdadInterests/Achievements:Hometown:New York, NY
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.
- Research Instructor in MedicineDivision of:Genetic MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Postdoctoral FellowSpecialty:Molecular Genetics and GenomicsEducation/Training:Ph.D. - Wake Forest universityHometown:Hickory, NC
- 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.
- Associate Program DirectorDivision 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. Ms Horr is the Clinical Services Chief, Geriatric Medicine.
- Assistant ProfessorDivision of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:The Permanente Medical GroupPrevious Role/Title:Cardiologist/PhysicianSpecialty:CardiologyEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Tennessee Health Science CenterM.P.H. - Vanderbilt University School of MedicineHometown:Nashville, TN
- 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 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: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 UniversityInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Jiangsu, China
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.
- 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 CollegeInterests/Achievements:Hometown:
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.
- 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 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.
- 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 FloridaInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
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.
- 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 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. Shayne Sebold Taylor is happy to join Vanderbilt’s faculty in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She plans to pursue primary care for both adult and pediatric patients with a focus on LGBTQ patients. She is particularly interested in caring for the transgender community as one the founding members and leaders for Vanderbilt’s new Center for Transgender Health. Dr. Taylor originally hails from Tucson, Arizona. She completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta and her medical degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, with a brief stint in NYC in between. She successfully completed her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residencies at Vanderbilt University in the summer of 2018. When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, hiking and seeing live music.
- Instructor in Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Health Care Partners Medical GroupPrevious Role/Title:Primary Care PhysicianSpecialty:Family MedicineEducation/Training:M.B.A. - University of La VerneM.D. - Loma Linda UniverstiyInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Los Angeles, CA
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.
- 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:Greenville Health System/University of South CarolinaPrevious Role/Title:Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineSpecialty:Internal MedicineEducation/Training:D.O. - Lincoln Memorial UniversityHometown:Johnson City, TN
- Division of:Cardiovascular MedicinePrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:Manager/Research Assistant IIISpecialty:Biomedical Research on Cardiovascular DiseasesEducation/Training:M.D. - Central South University Xiangya School of MedicinePh.D. - Central South University Xiangya School of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nankang, Jiangxi Provine, China
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.
- 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 ProfessorDivision of:Hematology/OncologyPrevious Institution:Moffitt Cancer CenterPrevious Role/Title:Advanced FellowSpecialty:Blood and Marrow Transplantation and cellular ImmunotherapyEducation/Training:M.B.B.S. - BJ Medical CollegeInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Junagadh, Gujarat, India
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.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical MedicineDivision of:General Internal Medicine and Public HealthPrevious Institution:Vanderbilt University Medical CenterPrevious Role/Title:HospitalistSpecialty:Internal MedicineEducation/Training:M.D. - University of Iowa Carver College of MedicineInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Newburgh, IN
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.
- 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: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:Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care MedicinePrevious Institution:Massachusetts General HospitalPrevious Role/Title:Acute Care Nurse PractitionerSpecialty:Critical CareEducation/Training:M.S.N. - Vanderbilt University School of NursingInterests/Achievements:Hometown:Nashville, TN
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.