Current Internal Medicine Housestaff
Vanderbilt University Chief Resudent
Veterans Administration Ambulatory Chief Resident
Vanderbilt University Ambulatory Chief Resident
Veterans Administration Chief Resident
Robert was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida along with his younger brother, Edward. They played sports year-round -- tennis, basketball, and cross country running. He studied biology at Harvard and then moved back to Florida where he volunteered at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to join the UNC MD-PhD program and received the PhD for work focused on statistical methods for genetic mapping. He developed a love for rheumatology during his clinical work in UNC's rheumatology division. He still loves playing sports in his free time, now mainly trail running and tennis. He is thrilled to join Vanderbilt and the Harrison Society!
Michael was born and raised in central Nebraska. He attended Creighton University for his undergraduate education where he studied chemistry and biochemistry. During his time at Creighton, Michael became interested in scientific research. He ultimately joined the MD/PhD program at Duke University where he studied the role of mitochondrial bioenergetics in the pathogenesis of heart failure in the laboratory of Deb Muoio. Michael is excited to join the Harrison Society at Vanderbilt and plans to complete a fellowship in cardiology. His scientific interests focus on mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiometabolic disease. Outside of the lab and hospital, Michael enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and tinkering.
Beau grew up just outside of Phoenix, Arizona as the second-youngest of five children. He majored in ethnomusicology (the hushed-up lovechild of anthropology and musicology) at Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Lori, spent a third of their first year as newlyweds in a Tibetan refugee community in South India, where she studied traditional medicine and farming practices and he played the Tibetan lute, taught drums, and sang badly at birthday parties. Beau went to medical school at the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, which is notable both for being a 5-year program focused on research and for having a really, really long acronym. Lori was a regular vendor of awesome handmade art and jewelry at the farmers markets and nature centers in and around Cleveland. The apparent total of X chromosomes in the household stands at 11. Beau is excited to join the Harrison Society, with plans to complete a fellowship in hematology-oncology. His scientific interests focus on data science and machine learning approaches to diagnosis and prognostication for blood cancers, with further interests in healthcare disparities. Outside of work, Beau loves arguing with his children.
Paul grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended Stanford University where he majored in Biology. After graduating, he spent two years working on hematopoietic stem cells and the bone marrow microenvironment in the lab of Dr. Irv Weissman at Stanford. In 2011, he joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed his graduate research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the lab of Dr. Harlan Robins, which focused on developing computational approaches to understand the adaptive immune response to vaccination and infection. Paul is delighted to be joining the Harrison Society at Vanderbilt and plans to complete a fellowship in Rheumatology where he hopes to study the mechanisms underlying autoimmunity. In his free time, Paul enjoys cooking, skiing and watching major league baseball. He and his wife, who is also a Vanderbilt resident, recently welcomed the birth of their first child in February.
Obiko completed her undergraduate studies at Knox College, IL, where she majored in international studies and anthropology/sociology. She completed post-baccalaureate premedical studies at Vanderbilt University and then joined the MD-PhD training program at the University of Florida. During her PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences, she studied pharmacogenomics and biomedical informatics with a focus on antihypertensive therapy. Obiko is excited to join Vanderbilt’s Harrison Society and plans to pursue a fellowship in nephrology. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and live music.
Matthew grew up outside of the twin cities in Minnesota and attended Boston College where he studied chemistry. He then moved to San Diego where he received his PhD in organic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute before coming to Vanderbilt for medical school. In his free time, he enjoys baking, basketball and spending time with his wife and dog. After 4 years as a student, he is excited to join the Vanderbilt team as a resident! Member of AOA.
Member of the Harrison Society a Physician-Scientist Training Program
Nathaniel grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia and attended Georgia Tech where he majored in biomedical engineering. He then joined Vanderbilt's MD/PhD program, where he studied molecular and cellular mediators of pulmonary microvasculature mechanics in Dr. David Merryman’s laboratory. Nathaniel is a member of Vanderbilt's Harrison Society with plans to complete a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. His scientific interests focus on understanding how microscopic mechanical forces contribute to illness in the lung. Outside of the hospital and the lab, Nathaniel enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, who is also a member of the Harrison Society. Together, they do their best to keep up with their active and inquisitive 5-year-old daughter Penny and her 18 month old sister Josie.
Rachel was born and raised in Tampa, FL, where she spent much of her free time playing volleyball, scuba diving or on the beach. She attended the University of Florida for undergrad where she majored in biochemistry and nutrition, developing her passion for medicine in between tailgating Gator football games. Rachel went to Yale for medical school, where she decided to pursue Med-Peds after becoming interested in caring for both adults and kids with congenital heart disease. After her short stint in the northeast, Rachel was excited to move back to warmer weather for residency. Outside of the hospital, Rachel spends her time hiking near Chattanooga, sailing on Percy Priest, listening to live music and exploring new restaurants around Nashville.