Administration and Finance support all seven Academic Sections through grants management, financial analysis, and administrative support.

Administration and Finance Core

The Administration and Finance Core is directed by Jeff Black and supports all seven sections of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in activities related to human resources; faculty, staff, and house staff recruitment; payroll administration; research administration and preparation of grant application materials; finance and budget; education; and facilities.

The core supports faculty and staff in these activities by serving as a liaison to institutional offices across campus as well as to colleagues external to Vanderbilt. Thirteen staff members manage various responsibilities related to these core activities.

Key contacts and responsibilities:

Jeff Black - Division Administrator

  • Manages all finance and administration activities for the division.
  • Coordinates faculty compensation with the department.
  • Oversees personnel management.
  • Manages preparation of the division' annual budget.

Anne Axon - Senior Program Manager

  • Manages Recruitment for the division. 
  • Manages administrative operations for the Section of Hospital Medicine​.

Pam Baggott - Program Manager

  • Program Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program.
  • Assists Associate Program Directors of the Medicine Residency Program.

Meagan Comeaux - Lead Administrative Assistant

  • Manages faculty appointment and reappointment processes.
  • Liaison for clinical privilege and payer enrollment processes.
  • Program Coordinator for Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Kelzie Brady - Administrative Assistant


Denika Hickman - Administrative Assistant

Justin Hosford​ - Business Process Manager

  • Manages and Oversees the Faculty Onboarding and Promotion processes.
  • Division Liaison to Central Human Resources.
  • Resource to staff and faculty for Human Resources issues.
  • Division contact for credentialing.

Holly Jones - Program Manager, Assistant to Division Director

Amy Kinsey - Budget/Accounting Analyst

  • Concur & eProcurement Approvals
  • Invoice Payments
  • Faculty CME Budget
  • P-Card

Shanti Venkatraman - Administrative Officer

  • Manages all research administration activities for the Division
  • Oversees sponsored projects expenditure and effort reporting
  • Resource to the Division for research administration policies and procedures
  • Manages preparation of the Division's annual research budget

Brittiany Adams - Grants Manager

  • Provides projections and monitors expenses for Principal Investigators in Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Geriatric Medicine
  • Forecasts all DGIM and Geriatric Medicine staff effort costs and reviews and audits staff effort on a monthly basis
  • Reconciles all monthly charges for the Principal Investigator tor review in monthly meetings

Amanda Garcia - Grants Manager

  • Assist faculty in prep and submission of grant/contract proposals in compliance with sponsor, VUMC and Federal Guidelines and deadlines
  • Assist faculty in understanding guidelines and determining requirements, deadlines and time management for responses to PAs/RFAs or general application submissions
  • Independently manage budget responsibilities for grants. Monitor terms and agreements of grant awards for compliance

Toni Hill, MLAS - Grants Manager

  • Assist faculty in preparing and assembling contract proposals and budgets in compliance with sponsor, University, and federal guidelines and deadlines
  • Work in a collaborative manner with the Principal Investigator and the Office of Contracts Management, throughout the process to negotiate and finalize contracts
  • Interact with other departments and agencies to facilitate the development, submission, and administration of contracts



Enrichment and Training

Learning Health Systems Scholars K12 Training Program  The goal of this program is to draw together scholars and mentors across disciplines and model team science integral to learning health systems. Goal to train early career faculty in learning health system science by integrating a tailored program of didactic training and mentored research in real-world settings across Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network. This K12 is co-funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). More information available at:

PROgRESS T32  Program Vanderbilt Patient / pRactice Outcomes Research in Effectiveness and Systems Science (PROgRESS)  Improving the health of the population requires careful focus on both the content of care (the evidence underpinning what is provided), the process of care (the evidence underpinning how the care is provided) and a clear understanding of the policies and payments that drive these decisions.  The goal of this program is to train early-career researchers who can address healthcare gaps and translate knowledge into application.Scholars will receive up to 2 years of individualized training and will devote 40 hours per week of professional effort toward developing an academic career with interdisciplinary training and concentration in one of three core methodologic areas:

Patient Centered Outcomes Research  2. Implementation Science 3. Health Policy/Community Health. This program is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). More information available at: