We have a rich tradition of clinical, investigative, and training excellence. The Division has over 20 faculty and over 50 staff members, who participate in a wide-range of clinical programs and clinical and basic science research. Training the next generation of physicians and scientists is a major part of our mission and involves an Endocrinology Training Program and a Medical Student Research Program.

The Division provides in-patient and out-patient care at two hospitals, Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital. We strive for excellence in patient care, and this has been recognized by our ranking as one of the best programs in Diabetes and Endocrinology by the US News and World Report.

Investigators in the Division conduct biomedical research ranging from laboratory-based to clinical investigation to outcomes and quality research. Research in the Division is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, the Research Service of the Veterans Association as well as private foundations and pharmaceutical companies.

Division News Spotlight

Congratulations to Drs. Fiona Harrison and Kathryn Dahir for their recent faculty awards!

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Dr. Fiona Harrison received the Elaine Sanders-Bush, Ph.D., Award - For Mentoring Graduate and/or Medical Students in the Research Setting.


Dr. Kathryn Dahir received the Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D., Award - For Innovation in Clinical Care.



Gannon selected for American Diabetes Association Award

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Maureen Gannon, PhD, professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Cell and Developmental Biology, is the recipient of the 2022 Lois Jovanovic Transformative Woman in Diabetes Award presented by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).



Diabetes, cardiovascular drug targets

Maureen Gannon, PhD, and colleagues investigated the role of the inflammatory lipid signaling molecule PGE2 — acting through EP3 and EP4 receptors — on heart muscle cell contractility and cardiac function in the setting of Type 2 diabetes. 



The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism hosts the annual Orth Lecture

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The Orth lecture, named after Vanderbilt DE researcher Dr. David N. Orth, featured guest speaker Dr. Margaret E. Wierman, MD from the University of Colorado. Dr. Wierman spoke about adrenal cancer during the lecture. We loved hosting both Dr. Orth and Dr. Wierman this year! 


Diabetes prevention program run by students shows success

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Meredith Huszagh works with study participant Brij Desai in a diabetes prevention program at the Shade Tree Clinic.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) students recently published an evaluation of their inaugural DPP in the Journal of Student-Run Clinics. Because of the positive outcomes, plans are to continue the program and expand it beyond the walls of the Shade Tree Clinic, the VUSM student-run health clinic in Nashville that serves uninsured and underinsured individuals.



Department Announces First Anti-Racism Book Club Meeting at Noon on April 12

The Department of Medicine is excited to announce the first meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group for the department. The goal for this group is to create a community that can come together and learn more about how we bring anti-racism practices into our lives. During the first meeting, the group will choose a book to read over the course of several months, as well as shorter pieces such as podcasts, poems, or articles. Moving forward, the group will meet at lunch on the second Tuesday of the month, and will discuss the book as well as a shorter pieces. All faculty, staff and trainees are welcome to join at noon on April 12 via Zoom for the first meeting. No preparation is required

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Reducing obesity-related inflammation - Paper Published in Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators

Mona Mashayekhi, MD, PhD, and colleagues treated obese adults with an sEH inhibitor in order to investigate if inhibiting the enzyme, which can increase levels of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), would reduce inflammation. 




Division Seeking Clinical Educator and Physician-Scientist

Clinical Educator Position:

The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has an exciting opportunity for a board-certified/eligible endocrinologist as a clinician-educator faculty member. Physicians at any career stage with expertise in endocrine disorders, population health, genetics, implementation science, and/or quality improvement should send a confidential inquiry and CV to: suzanne.starr@vumc.org. VUMC encourages diversity in the workplace; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Physician-Scientist Position:

The Department of Medicine and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are seeking a mid-level or senior physician-scientist with an established research program in diabetes, metabolism, or cardiometabolic health using laboratory-based investigation, genetics, or clinical research. In addition to the outstanding research environment at Vanderbilt, this faculty member will be supported by an endowed chair. Please send a confidential inquiry and CV to: suzanne.starr@vumc.org. VUMC is an EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



Diabetes Research Featured in the Journal of the Endocrine Society

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The Journal of the Endocrine Society is featuring a publication authored by Dr. Kathryn Dahir and colleagues on the clinical perspectives of tumor-induced osteomalacia, originally published in the journal in June of 2021. The article is free to view, and will be highlighted on the journal's homepage for the week of August 23rd, 2021. 

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes

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Congratulations to Shichun Bao on her contribution to work exhibiting the effectiveness of CGMs in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Check out the paper HERE.





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More than 20 million children and adults are living with diabetes in the United States.
In response, the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Center uses a team approach to provide
excellent care so patients of all ages can live well with diabetes.

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Department of Medicine - Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
7465 Medical Research Building IV
Nashville, TN 37232-0475
Division Administrative Phone: 615-936-1653 
Division Administrative Fax: 615-343-0172

Clinic Phone: 615-343-8332 / Clinic Fax 615-343-8346
Clinic Website: www.vanderbiltendocrinology.org