The Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society

Named for the great teacher and clinical researcher, Tinsley Randolph Harrison, M.D. who came to Vanderbilt in 1925 as the first chief resident in Medicine, the Harrison Society is dedicated to the preservation of science in clinical medicine and to the scientific literacy of physicians who use this knowledge at the bedside.  

Participants in the Physician-Scientist Training Program will become lifetime members of the Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society.

The goals of the Harrison Society are to: 

  • Promote medical research relevant to internal medicine as a career discipline  
  • Benefit and aids the education, research, and patient care missions of its members by holding forums and meetings and publishing appropriate educational materials approved by its members 
  • Support new initiatives in education, biomedical research, and patient care for the benefit of physicians who practice internal medicine  

Membership in the Harrison Society

Harrison Society scholars: Participants in the Physician-Scientist Training Program become life-long members of the Harrison Society.  

Student members: Participants in the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) who are pursuing Internal Medicine residency training qualify for membership in this category during their last year of medical school.  

Honorary members: Honorary membership in the Harrison Society will be bestowed on visiting professors .

Activities and Meetings  

Visiting Professorships:  Members convene three times per year during visits by distinguished physician-scientists invited to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by the Harrison Society.  

Harrison Society Seminar Series: The Society hosts a monthly meeting for current scholars, faculty alumni, and invited special guests. Diverse programming includes invited lecturers, research-in-progress presentations, and career development panel discussions. This forum is designed to foster rich peer-to-peer and near-peer mentoring and networking, a primary goal of Society activities.  

The Harrison Society Seminar Series is a monthly meeting of Harrison scholars and alumni. The format alternates between career development panel discussions and fellow research-in-progress presentations. Seminars are held in-person primarily on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

DatePresenter  Topic
Aug. 17, 2023Melissa Bloodworth, MD, PhDResearch-in-Progress
Sept. 7, 2023Harrison Society Visiting ProfessorTBD
Oct. 19, 2023TBDPanel discussion on submitting career development grants
Nov. 9, 2023TBDTBD
Dec. 14, 2023TBDMedicine Grand Rounds featuring two Harrison scholars

The Society hosts three visiting professorships a year. The visiting professors are outstanding physician-scientist role models who are invited to VUMC to give the Riven Lecture at the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. Visiting professors are also honored at a Harrison Society luncheon where our scholars have an opportunity to engage with our esteemed guests.  
Since the Harrison Society was founded, 85 honorary memberships have been bestowed on visiting professors; below is a list of guests from 2013-2023.

Ross Levine (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)  
Katrina Armstrong (Columbia University)  
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD

Mary Armanios (Johns Hopkins University)   
John Carethers (University of Michigan Medical School)  
Daniel Drucker (Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario) 

Domenico Accili (Columbia University)   
Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless (National Institutes of Health)  
Ana Maria Cuervo (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)  
Sekar "Sek" Kathiresan (Co-Founder and CEO; Verve Therapeutics)  
Seung Kim (Stanford University)  
Mark Ginsberg (University of California, San Diego)  
Jedd Wolchok (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)  
Vincent Yang (Stony Brook University)  
Mone Zaidi (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)  
Serpil Erzurum (Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic)  
Martin Myers (University of Michigan Medical School)  

Cornelia Weyand (Stanford University)  
Peter Arvan (University of Michigan Medical School)  
Michael Parmacek (University of Pennsylvania)  
Gregg Semenza (2019 Nobel Laureate; Lasker Laureate; Johns Hopkins University)  

Marc Pfeffer (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School)  
Ronald Falk (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)  
David Relman (Stanford University)  
Nancy Lane (University of California, Davis Health System)  

Raymond DuBois (The Biodesign Institute, ASU)  
Roy Zent (Vanderbilt University)  
Paul Rothman (Johns Hopkins University)  
Jean Schaffer (Washington University in St. Louis)  

Edward Benz (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School)  
Howard Rockman (Duke University)  
Joseph Bonventre (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School)  
Eric Fearon (University of Michigan Medical School)  

Andrew Schaffer (Cornell University)  
Bruce Walker (HHMI, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School)  
Wayne Yokayama (HHMI, Washington University in St. Louis)  

Jeffrey Drazen (New England Journal of Medicine; Harvard Medical School)  
Mark Anderson (University of Iowa)  
William Kaelin (2019 Nobel Laureate; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, HHMI, Harvard Medical School)  
Mary Klotman (Duke University) 

Harrison Society Officers

Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, MMHC

President, Harrison Society
Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Patrick J. Hu, MD, PhD

Executive Secretary, Harrison Society
Director, Physician-Scientist Training Program 
Associate Professor of Medicine


to the Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society

Your generosity to The Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society, named for Vanderbilt's first chief resident in Medicine, helps provides support to residents in the Physician-Scientist Training Program as they pursue clinical and basic research.