Clinical Fellow, Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism

Hometown
Dallas, Texas
College
Texas A&M University
Career Plans
Endocrinology
Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Brief Bio

Margaret was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  She comes from a family of five children, including her identical twin sister.  She stayed in the lone star state for undergraduate school at Texas A&M University (Gig ‘em Aggies!), where she majored in biology, and for medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Before medical school, Margaret married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Robert.  After medical school, Margaret ventured outside of the great state of Texas to Vanderbilt for internal medicine residency.  Vanderbilt was such a great place, that Margaret and Robert were ecstatic when she was able to stay for fellowship in endocrinology.  She has finished one year of endocrine fellowship and will return to finish her last year after being chief resident.  During fellowship, Margaret had her daughter, Emma!  In medical school and residency, Margaret developed an interest in medical student education and teaching, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career as an academic endocrinologist.  In her spare time, she likes to jog outside, run up her phone bill talking to her sister, BBQ/grill outdoors, and spend time with Robert, Emma, and their 105 pound dog, Ryder.

Member of AOA.

Chief Resident, Nashville VA Medical Center

Hometown
Huntsville, AL
College
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Brief Bio

Michael was born and raised just two hours south of Nashville in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended the Universty of Alabama at Birmingham as an undergraduate where he majored in physics. During his time in high school and college, Michael enjoyed playing guitar, bass and singing for several second-rate indie/folk bands, often dreaming of playing shows in the Music City.  He was also a member of UAB's only national championship team... the Ethics Debate team. Michael attended Harvard Medical School where he became interested in pulmonary/critical care as well as medical education. These interests deepened over the course of his time at Vanderbilt, and he is planning to pursue a pulmonary fellowship at the end of his chief residency. While Michael's plans for a musical career have been, uh, "delayed", he is content in the meantime to pursue the study of medicine further.  Michael is excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside the outstanding residents at Vanderbilt and the Nashville VA for another year.

Vanderbilt Ambulatory Chief Resident, VU Medical Center

Hometown
Katy, TX
College
Duke University
Career Plans
Palliative Care and General Medicine
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

Shannon was born in Anchorage, Alaska to two engineers working in the oil business. She then spent most of her childhood in Katy, TX, with her much cooler, younger brother who now works as a software engineer in NYC. Shannon took up swimming to fight off the hot summers, and swam year-round for the next 13 years, including collegiately while majoring in biomedical engineering at Duke. While she enjoyed math, she missed the personal interactions and decided to pursue medicine, which brought her to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She enjoyed Nashville and the people at Vanderbilt so much that she stayed for residency and is honored now to get to stay as a chief resident. She has a variety of interests including end of life discussions (prompting a plan to pursue a palliative care fellowship), mentoring, medical education, and global health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys everything outdoors, non-scary (i.e. animated) movies, and most of all, spending time with her friends and family.

Hometown
Leonardtown, MD
College
Boston University
Career Plans
Radiology
Medical School
Temple University
Brief Bio

Lina was born in Oakland, California, but moved consistently throughout her childhood, living in Italy, Guam, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii and finally landing in Maryland to finish her high school years. Soccer has been a passion throughout her life, and she was blessed to play for the Boston University varsity women’s soccer team. Lina was named an All-American and was considering playing professionally; however, her lifelong dream of becoming a physician led her instead to attend Temple University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Lina developed an interest in radiology due to her fantastic mentors. Outside of medicine, Lina enjoys playing intramural soccer, being a self-proclaimed “foodie”, spending time with her adorable nephew (and soon to be niece!) and of course, Netflix. She hopes one day to finally get a Bernese mountain dog, and of course, name it Bernie. Lina and her significant other and fellow intern, Chris, are thrilled to join their new team at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Dale, IN
College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Career Plans
Dermatology
Medical School
Indiana University
Brief Bio

Jeff was born and raised in a small town in southern Indiana. After finishing high school, Jeff moved a couple hours north to Indiana University-Bloomington where he completed his undergraduate degree in informatics. During the latter part of his time in Bloomington, Jeff began to seriously consider a career in medicine and started taking premed courses. He then applied to medical school and moved to Indianapolis to work in a research lab the year in before medical school. There, he developed a sincere enthusiasm for studying disease mechanisms and, accordingly, decided to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. Jeff enrolled in the MSTP program at Indiana University and accomplished a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology where he used mouse models to study the disease neurofibromatosis type 2. When he has time off, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities including climbing, hiking, and running. This past March Jeff matched into dermatology at Yale where he will continue his physician-scientist training. He is thrilled to be doing his intern year at Vanderbilt in Nashville – a vibrant academic center in an absolutely amazing city. Go Commodores! Member of AOA

Hometown
Whatís a hometown?
College
Brigham Young University
Career Plans
PM&R
Medical School
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brief Bio

Sterling grew up predominantly in the Southeast, though he’s had the opportunity to live all over the US. He spent two years in Russia, and has a degree in Russian from Brigham Young University. Prior to medical school, Sterling worked in a variety of fields, including as a genetic researcher for the USDA, as a door-to-door salesman, and in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, where he spearheaded a successful effort to pass an injury prevention law in Florida, and was subsequently invited to spend two months with the TBI research team at the CDC in Atlanta. After medical school, Sterling became a fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he continued his research in CNS injury and studied the impact of alternative payment models on health care quality. He completed his fellowship with a year in Switzerland, where he furthered his work on injury and quality of care. He then returned to Johns Hopkins, where he is pursuing a doctorate degree in public health policy. Sterling continues to work on state and federal policies in injury prevention, including TBI and opioid overdose. Sterling and his family LOVE Nashville and couldn’t be more excited to return to the area, where he plans to overindulge in quality BBQ and live music. He enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his family, and will consider his time in Nashville a success if and when he can convince his wife to put on a pair of cowboy boots.

Hometown
Nashville, TN
College
Swarthmore College
Career Plans
Radiation Oncology
Medical School
University of Vermont in Burlington
Brief Bio

Omer was born in Istanbul and moved to Nashville at an early age. After growing up in Tennessee, he attended Swarthmore College just outside of Philadelphia, where he graduated with a degree in Biology and volunteered as a firefighter. Omer attended medical school at the University of Vermont in Burlington. His research interests include shared decision-making and social determinants of health. In his free time, Omer is an avid reader. He is excited to be returning to Nashville and to Vanderbilt.

Hometown
Evansville, IN
College
Washington University in St. Louis
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
Saint Louis University
Brief Bio

Emily was raised in Evansville, Indiana. After learning at a young age she couldn't play basketball, during high school she decided to participate in track and field and cross country, although she enjoyed the former much more than the latter. For college she went a short drive away to Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in biomedical engineering. She liked the city of St. Louis so much she decided to stay around for another 4 years after graduation and attended Saint Louis University for medical school. Now for residency she's looking forward to a change of scene in Nashville and is excited to explore a new city. In her spare time, she enjoys eating, watching dramas, gardening, exercising, playing board games, visiting botanical gardens, and lazing around with her orange cat, Mango.

Hometown
Houston, TX
College
College of William & Mary
Career Plans
Neurology/Movement Disorders
Medical School
University of Texas- Houston
Brief Bio

Evan was born in Houston, TX as his father was completing medical school through the Navy. He flip-flopped living between Houston and Hampton Roads (Virginia) during grade school, college, and obtaining his Master’s degree before medical school. Evan is excited for the Nashville music scene, more hot chicken, working towards a career in movement disorders, becoming reacquainted with the Houston Oilers, and to swim-bike-run as much of the area as he’s able. He brings to Nashville his delightful wife Lori, their 7 year-old son Ben, 2 year-old son Andrew, and husky Wolfie.

Hometown
Erie, PA
College
Princeton University
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
Tulane University
Brief Bio

Kim was born in rural Louisiana, but grew up in western Pennsylvania. She attended Princeton University where she majored in psychology and competed as a member of the university’s taekwondo team. There, she discovered a love for neuroscience, and after graduation, she worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She then returned to her Southern roots to enter the MD-PhD program at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her PhD research examined astrocyte responses to infectious diseases in nonhuman primates. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, attending festivals, trying new restaurants, cooking, and exploring the Big Easy. She is excited to join the Vanderbilt community and is looking forward to experiencing all that Nashville has to offer.

Hometown
Jackson, TN
College
Vanderbilt University
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

A born and raised Tennessean, Shawn grew up just two hours west of Nashville. (He doesn’t like his chicken fried, but he does enjoy a beer – or two – on a Friday night.) After singing competitively in choir and graduating as salutatorian of his high school class, he moved to Music City to attend Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies. There, he fell in love with neuroscience and worked extensively with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through both his research and the volunteer program Best Buddies. He remained at Vanderbilt for medical school, where he was able to further cultivate these interests, doing global health research in Zambia and helping to establish a Best Buddies chapter within the medical school. He also completed a year of research during the pursuit of his medical degree through the Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Program, in which he studied glioblastoma at the University of Virginia. After one more year at Vanderbilt for internal medicine training, he will complete his neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. His clinical interests lie in stroke and interventional neuroradiology. His partner Jordan will be joining him in Southern California for an ophthalmology residency. In Shawn’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, yoga, filmgoing, being a wine dilettante, and taking care of his miniature dachshund, Jaxon.

Hometown
College Station, TX
College
Rice University
Career Plans
PM&R
Medical School
Baylor University
Brief Bio

Jose was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He moved to Houston to attend Rice University for college where he studied biomedical engineering and met his future wife. During his time at Rice University, he continued pursuing his loves of teaching by participating in summer courses for future STEM students and fitness by leading group exercise classes. After college, Jose attended Baylor College of Medicine where he discovered his passion for the wonderful profession of PM&R. Even though he is sad to leave the Great State, he is more excited to explore what lies ahead for him at Vanderbilt. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, exercising, cooking and just chillin' with his family and friends. Above all, Jose likes to be happy and healthy while helping others do the same.

Hometown
Washington Court House, OH
College
University of Cincinnati
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
Marshall
Brief Bio

Matt was born and raised in a small town in Ohio before going to Cincinnati for college. While in college he switched from engineering to biology after his first year to pursue medicine. While in Cincinnati, he met his fiancé, Pooja, and they both went to West Virginia for medical school at Marshall, and now will both be in Nashville for their respective residencies. During his first year, neuroanatomy piqued his interest and during his 3rd year, the clinical aspect solidified his decision to pursue a career in neurology. Outside of the hospital he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, exploring new restaurants, going to concerts , and playing and watching sports (even though his favorite teams have a habit of losing, e.g., the Cleveland Browns). He and his fiancé are excited for the move to Nashville both to explore and enjoy a new city and to meet and work with all of the residents and faculty at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Toledo, OH
College
Wesleyan University
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
Stony Brook University
Brief Bio

Elizabeth Reagan, known to most as Liza (pronounced LEE-za), was born in Toledo, Ohio to parents in a situation almost identical to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. She moved to Florida when she was 8 and entertained herself by learning many instruments and surrounding herself with books. She went to college at Wesleyan University, and it was there that she fell in love with the brain. She attended Stony Brook University Medical School in the hopes of one day becoming a neurologist, and is excited to now be one step closer to that dream!

Hometown
Scottsdale, AZ
College
Texas Christian University
Career Plans
PM&R
Medical School
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brief Bio

Renee Rosati is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, so she is not afraid to stomp on a scorpion should you find one within your vicinity. She majored in Spanish at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and was involved in research with Bacillus anthracis. Before her foray into the medical field, she booked a one-way flight to Sevilla, Spain and landed a job as a historical walking tour guide of a city that she knew nothing about. While in medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, she served on the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Medical Association. She has won various awards for her research on graduate medical education trends and community improvement projects. She is a licensed real estate agent, published photographer, a hobbyist oil painter, and a fan of the great outdoors. Her favorite movies include the French film The Intouchables, About Time, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Meet Joe Black. She spent the summer hauling a dufflebag as big as herself around Europe to prepare for the physical rigors of intern year.

Hometown
Gainesville, FL
College
University of Florida
Career Plans
Neurology
Medical School
University of Florida
Brief Bio

Alan was born in Boston, MA but moved to Gainesville, FL at 2 years of age. He loved every minute growing up in Gainesville as he spent the hot, sweaty summers outside playing soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball and Saturday afternoons in the fall with 90,000 of his closest friends watching Gator football. Alan moved to Ft. Lauderdale at the age of 13 years where he finished high school and fell in love with the sport of rowing. He returned to Gainesville to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, where his passion for neuroscience was born. He took that passion to the NIH, where he spent a year conducting research in neuroimmunological disease. He returned to Gainesville for medical school, where he met his wife in the first semester of classes. He got married in the middle of third year on the beaches of Puerto Rico. Although initially planning on going into neurology, Alan ultimately decided to go into internal medicine. Early in intern year though, he realized is heart was in neurology, so he decided to reapply and here I am! During his free time, Alan loves spending time with his wife, traveling, trying new food, hiking, watching football and soccer, going to every MLB baseball stadium in the country, playing with his two cats Carl and Francine, and working out.

Hometown
Newark, CA
College
University of California, Berkeley
Career Plans
PM&R
Medical School
Tulane University
Brief Bio

Amos Song has been vagabonding around the United States via educational opportunities. He studied public health at UC Berkeley then traveled across the country to the East Coast where he received a master’s in medical science at Boston University. He then ended up on the Gulf Coast for medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. He also boxed for the UC Berkeley club team, which may or may not explain any of his intellectual lapses. He was also an improv comedian for a theater in New Orleans while in medical school. He believes he makes a mean fried chicken and bakes an outstanding chocolate meringue pie. He also enjoys basketball and dabbles in yoga. He writes this bio with love and with anticipation of the upcoming year from La Ciudad de México. ¡Órale!

Hometown
Nashville, TN.
College
University of Pennsylvania
Career Plans
Radiology
Medical School
University of Tennessee in Memphis
Brief Bio

Emily was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She then went to Philadelphia to college at the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in health & societies with a concentration in international health. After college, she spent a gap year off the map living in New Zealand leading trail rides on horses. She then came back closer to home for medical school in Memphis at the University of Tennessee. She is excited to spend a preliminary year at Vanderbilt before starting her radiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and music. Member of AOA

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Hometown
Amarillo, TX
College
Baylor University
Career Plans
Primary Care/ Hospitalist
Medical School
Texas A&M
Brief Bio

Ryan grew up in Amarillo, Texas with her parents and two younger sisters. She attended Baylor University where she majored in biology. During her time at Baylor she rode for the National Championship Equestrian team, and still enjoys riding for fun. After graduation, she completed medical school at Texas A&M in Temple, Texas at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, John. Together they enjoy traveling, relaxing with family and friends, hiking and other outdoor activities. Ryan is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Atlanta, GA
College
University of Virginia
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

Neil was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia as the youngest of four. He went on to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend undergrad at UVa, which will forever hold a special place in his heart. From there, he moved to Nashville where he has spent the last five years pursuing his MD/MBA at Vanderbilt. His decision to enter the joint MBA program stemmed from his interest in healthcare delivery systems, payment models, and operations. While he plans to never abandon the clinical side of medicine, he would love to one day complement his clinical duties with related business or leadership responsibilities. Since moving to Nashville five years ago, Neil has also had the opportunity to nurture his music fandom, seeing concerts by many of his favorite groups including the Head & the Heart, Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe, and the Lumineers. In his spare time, he enjoys most any activity that involves running around, playing games with friends. He also loves reading medical narrative and other healthcare-related writing on a variety of topics ranging from medical error, to end-of-life care, to policy. He’s holding on loosely to his newfound relationship with Netflix and HBO On Demand, but recently enjoyed having his mind blown by Stranger Things and Westworld. More than any of these things, however, Neil’s pride and joy is his baby girl, Ellie, born to him and his wife Mary in November 2016. He is excited to get to know the rest of his future resident family while continuing to live life in the beautiful city of Nashville.

Oregon Health & Science University

Hometown
Allentown, PA
College
Swarthmore College
Career Plans
Nephrology
Medical School
Oregon Health & Science University
Brief Bio
Andy was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Swarthmore College where he majored in mathematics & statistics and, most importantly, met his wife, Samantha. After college, he followed Samantha to Seattle, Washington where he worked in a lab studying HIV before moving to Portland, Oregon to enter the MD/PhD program at Oregon Health & Science University. At OHSU Andy fell in love with renal physiology while completing his dissertation on how the distal nephron determines potassium balance and blood pressure. Along the way, he met his third (in sequence, but certainly not in order!) love(s) of his life, his two beautiful boys, Brody and Judah. When not working he has enjoyed exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family over the last decade through skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. Andy and his family are excited to be coming to Vanderbilt and look forward to starting their garden in their backyard, doing some hiking in and around Nashville, and experiencing Southern culture.
Hometown
San Jose, CA
College
University of California
Career Plans
Undecided
Brief Bio
Sameer was born in San Jose, CA which has now has become known as "Silicon Valley”. He went to college at the University of California — Davis. After his time in college, he worked for Sutter Health in Berkeley, California as a clinical research coordinator on a couple of pharmaceutical clinical trials for multiple sclerosis: Phase IV study for Gilenya (fingolimod) and Phase III study for Lemtrada (alemtuzumab). Thereafter, he started medical school at George Washington University in Washington D.C. During medical school, he became interested in oncology and Originally planned to pursue radiation oncology; however, during his internship year at the University of Maryland, he quickly realized that he is better suited to and more thoroughly enjoys the practice of internal medicine. When Sameer is not working, he loves to cook, try new things, meet others, and attend live music events. Sameer is very much looking forward to meeting all the people at Vanderbilt and he couldn’t be more excited to be in a thriving city like Nashville! He can’t wait to explore and see all that the city has too offer!
Hometown
Coppell, TX
College
Texas A&M University
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Brief Bio

Steven was raised in Brownsville, Texas, on the US-Mexico border. Much of his childhood was spent swimming and sailing off nearby South Padre Island. He majored in Biology at Texas A&M University as well as completing a Spanish minor. He has strong ties to Spain via his mother’s side of the family and has been traveling there since he was an infant. During his travels, he met his wife Monika who is from the Czech Republic. Other than enjoying her delicious cooking, Steven most enjoys playing music with his father and younger brother. They briefly formed a reggae band in the summer of 2011 which achieved marginal fame. He is excited to explore Nashville’s music scene, and is looking for band mates. At the end of his fourth year of medical school, Steven spent a month in the Burn ICU at Parkland Hospital where he developed a passion for critical care medicine.

Hometown
Cairo, Egypt
College
Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar
Career Plans
Hematology/Oncology
Medical School
Weill Cornell Qatar
Brief Bio
Hebatalla was born in Cairo, Egypt, but her family moved to Saudi Arabia when she was two, and she spent her childhood in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She then moved to Qatar to attend Weill Cornell Medicine, where she did 2 years of condensed premedical courses, followed by 4 years of medical school. Both of her parents are physicians, so it's not surprising that she became interested in medicine from an early age, although they did try to warn her of the potential risks of her decision. She became interested in Heme/Onc after doing a month-long elective in Leukemia at New York Presbyterian-Cornell, where she was fascinated by the various clinical trials utilizing precision medicine in the management of refractory cases of leukemia. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rowing, so she is glad to be moving to a city where temperatures of 110 °F are not the norm. She also enjoys reading (with a particular interest in psychology), attempting to cook, movies, all things related to coffee and/or chocolate, and live music. She is beyond thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt community and can't wait to explore everything in Nashville from the famous hot chicken to the music festivals.
Hometown
Old Greenwich, CT
College
Amherst College
Career Plans
Informatics
Medical School
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Brief Bio

Jack grew up in Connecticut and went to college in western Massachusetts. He has an older sister whom he takes a lot of advice from. Before medical school, he did structural biology research in Germany, and later worked as a classroom assistant in East Harlem. During medical school, he found his interests in internal medicine, informatics and health systems. Seeking to combine these disciplines, Jack completed an MBA as part of the dual degree program with Columbia Business School. His friends instructed Jack to include here his love of Ninja Turtles and Top Gun; he also enjoys more respectable storytelling and old medicine films such as “Doctor Bull.” In the rest of his time, Jack enjoys making and viewing art, volunteering, and getting into the woods. Jack was pulled to Vanderbilt by the medicine department’s tenor of collaboration and mentorship. Reading through last year’s interns’ profiles has only reinforced the impression that Vanderbilt will be a fantastic place to become a doctor.

Hometown
Boca Raton, Fl
College
Florida Atlantic University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Maggie is from sunny south Florida where she earned her BA and MBA in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University. After working as a CPA at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, she decided to make a career switch into medicine and eventually moved to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt. She enjoys reading, traveling, taking walks especially during fall, and of course spending time with her precious family. She cannot wait to start her journey of residency at Vanderbilt this summer!

Medical School: University of Iowa

Hometown
Des Moines, IA
College
University of Iowa
Career Plans
Nephrology
Medical School
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Brief Bio

Sam grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, along with his three siblings. He attended the University of Iowa where he majored in evolutionary biology and studied population genetics. While at Iowa, he ran varsity cross-country and track for the Hawkeyes. He went on to attend medical school at Iowa where he developed an interest in nephrology and infectious diseases. He plans to pursue a career in nephrology and work at an academic center. Sam was lucky to find a group of friends that he continues to run with despite multiple running injuries. In his spare time, he also enjoys swimming, disc golfing, backpacking, and playing classical piano. While Iowa provided a great environment for growing up, he is excited to join the Vanderbilt team, meet his fellow interns, and experience the vibrant city of Nashville. He is also hoping that winter running won’t be as miserable further south. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Izmir, Turkey
College
Johns Hopkins University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Basak hails from the port city of Izmir, Turkey, although she spent some time in Liberia and Bahrain. When she was 17, Basak moved to the US to attend Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She has spent the last 13 years in the Baltimore/DC area where she worked as a research coordinator for breast cancer clinical trials, and earned a bachelors, two masters and a medical degree, all while rescuing 2 dogs, 1 cat and a husband (Matt). When she's not working, Basak enjoys playing tennis, baking, hiking, going to a cycle class, and spending time with her family. She also loves to travel and is always up for a new adventure. Basak is incredibly excited to start her residency at Vanderbilt, and is already planning on all the wonderful new restaurants to try out in Nashville.

Hometown
Laguna Hills, CA
College
University of California Riverside and University of Michigan
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
University of California- San Diego
Brief Bio

Adam was born to Iranian immigrants in Southern California. Growing up, he had a one eyed dog named Zeus. He attended the University of California Riverside for his undergraduate studies where he developed an interest in population health. This interest took him to the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he completed his MPH. During this time he conducted clinical epidemiology research on Clostridium difficile under the mentorship of David Aronoff MD. He returned to sunny Southern California to complete his medical degree at the University of California San Diego. During this time he was actively involved in serving the community, state level medical student grant committee and advocacy, and served as Class President for four years.

Hometown
Coon Rapids, MN
College
University of Minnesota Duluth
Career Plans
Cardiology or Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of Minnesota
Brief Bio
Audrey was born and raised in Minnesota and grew up near Minneapolis. She attended college in Duluth, MN where she studied Cell and Molecular Biology. She went on to study medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she developed interests in cardiology, gastroenterology, and global health. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, spending time with her sisters, running, reading, and traveling. Although she has enjoyed growing up in MN, Audrey is excited to move to Nashville and meet her fellow interns at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Annandale, VA
College
University of Virginia
Career Plans
Hospitalist/Infectious Disease
Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Brief Bio
Laura grew up in Annandale, Virginia with her parents and older sister. She traveled a short drive from home to the University of Virginia for college, where she majored in Neuroscience. During her time at UVA, she developed a passion for medicine while volunteering at the free clinic and the university hospital. After graduation, she stayed in the beautiful city of Charlottesville for another year to complete her research project on the development of the peripheral nervous system. She continued her migration south for medical school at EVMS where she met her fiancé, Barron, who will be starting residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Outside of medicine, Laura enjoys running, playing soccer, baking (and eating) desserts, cheering for the Washington Redskins, and relaxing with family and friends. Laura is very excited to move to Nashville and to join the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Hollidaysburg, PA
College
Villanova University
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
Dartmouth
Brief Bio
George was born in Philadelphia but moved to rural central Pennsylvania at the age of 1. He had enjoyed his first year of city life, but felt a quiet country home would provide a more traditional childhood. During high school he participated in many sports while also being heavily involved in the arts. In college, he performed the Triple Jump on Villanova’s varsity track team, sang in the campus choir every Sunday, & completed a summer internship at a rheumatology clinical research center while getting his biology degree. He loved his time at Dartmouth medical school and grew extremely fond of internal medicine by the end of his third year. He also completed a summer research elective in Dartmouth's immunology lab studying treatments for melanoma. Most importantly, he was blessed to have married his high school sweetheart during med school, and is very grateful to be bringing his wife to Nashville. George loves internal medicine and has a strong interest in cardiology & medical research. His other interests include the history of medicine, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Nick Offerman, singing (especially the RHCP), & the DC universe. He is also an avid Eagles fan, but recognizes the futility of being an Eagles fan.

Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Adult Rheumatology & Immunology

Adult Rheumatology & Immunology

Hometown
Lexington, KY
College
Centre College
Medical School
University of Virginia
Brief Bio

J.B. is a proud native of the Bluegrass state and was born and raised in Lexington. He attended undergrad at Centre College—a small liberal arts school south of Lexington that most non-Kentuckians have never heard of—where he studied biochemistry and molecular biology. After college, he headed east to Charlottesville for medical school at UVA, and is the first member of his family to enter the medical field. Beyond loving basketball (to a quasi-religious level), bourbon and horse racing as all true Kentuckians do, J.B. enjoys playing soccer, going for hikes, painting with oils (especially outdoors), watching Seinfeld re-runs, and attempting to learn piano. He also loves to travel, and would like to incorporate global health into his future career. Member of AOA.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Hometown
Boulder, CO
College
Rice University
Career Plans
Primary Care
Medical School
MD - New York University School of Medicine, 2016
Brief Bio

Angela's life thus far has really taken her all over the country. Though born in New York, she spent the bulk of her childhood in Houston, TX before moving out to Colorado for the end of middle school and high school. From there, she spent her freshman year of college in California at USC. She ultimately decided she wanted a smaller community for her undergraduate experience and transferred back to Houston to study Cognitive Science at Rice University before finding herself in the big apple at NYU School of Medicine. In her spare time, you may find Angela occasionally bursting into song as if she were still in her college women's acappella group. Additionally, she enjoys eating (especially sweets), scrapbooking, and skiing. She is looking forward to joining the Vanderbilt community and life in Nashville with her boyfriend and future co-intern, Eddie Qian!

Hometown
Orlando, Florida
College
University of Florida
Career Plans
Hepatobiliary diseases and transplant medicine
Medical School
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Brief Bio

Jae was born in Pusan, South Korea but has otherwise spent her entire life in the Sunshine State. She would like to assure everyone that unlike other infamous Floridians, she has never tried to barter an alligator for beer or gone into a fit of rage over a McFlurry. Currently, Jae is interested in hepatobiliary diseases and transplant medicine, which was fostered during a month-long surgical rotation in the Netherlands. Other interests include traveling and global health, yoga, cooking, Netflix, reading and being adventurous. Though she will be sad to leave behind sunny beaches, she is looking forward to experiencing four different seasons and frequenting more live concerts. Member of AOA

Hometown
Minneapolis, MN
College
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Career Plans
Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
University of Minnesota
Brief Bio
Rob was born and raised in the frigid yet beautiful land of 10,000 lakes (which turns out to be less lakes than in Alaska, but who's actually counting?). He decided to cross the border into the neighboring state of Wisconsin for undergrad where he enjoyed the superior Badger sports teams and cheese curds. In undergrad he majored in Biology and Spanish and spent one semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. The experience living in a new culture opened up a whole new world for him and after undergrad he decided to continue exploring by volunteering in Cusco, Peru for 6 months. Life in the Andes was amazing but he decided to return home to his family and friends for medical school. Minneapolis did its best to mold him into the hipster ways with quality coffee, farm-to-table food, and bikes galore. He felt the call of Latin America beckoning him one more time and went to Costa Rica for one month after Match Day to work in a medical clinic. Rob and his girlfriend are absolutely thrilled to move to Nashville and can't wait to meet all of the wonderful people at Vanderbilt! They are especially excited to enjoy great live music, delve into the food scene, and explore the many running/biking trails around Nashville. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Hendersonville, TN
College
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Tulane University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Adrienne grew up in a town 20 minutes north of Nashville as the youngest of three daughters. For her undergraduate studies, she decided to venture toward the east coast to UNC- Chapel Hill where she studied biology, literature, and perhaps the most important, Tar Heel basketball (Go Heels!). After a year-long period of teaching high school science, Adrienne and her sweetheart made the move to New Orleans to attend Tulane for medical school. Her time New Orleans afforded her both unique academic opportunities and chances to participate in a community all its own. Adrienne’s non- academic interests include reading, cooking, her dogs, Odie and George, and avoiding camping trips at all costs. Adrienne could not be more excited to return home to continue her medical training and meet the rest of the team!

Hometown
Memphis, TN
College
Rhodes College
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Brief Bio

Ciara was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She attended Rhodes College where she majored in biology with a minor in gender studies. Following college, she participated in a summer research experience in Uganda. She then ventured north to complete an Americorps year of service in New York City. Since she enjoyed wearing her winter coat, she remained in New York to attend medical school at The University of Rochester. There, she fell in love with internal medicine and cardiology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and enjoying nature. Ciara is excited about coming to Vanderbilt, no longer having 6 months of winter, and meeting her co-interns.

Hometown
St. Louis, Missouri
College
University of Missouri - Columbia
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Christine was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to St. Louis before starting fifth grade. She developed a passion for writing and editing and studied journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. After graduating, Christine moved to Kansas City where she took a job as a marketing coordinator at an engineering firm, completed her pre-medical coursework, and met her husband, Bayler. She also earned her Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in health services administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City before starting medical school at the University of Kansas. She plans to integrate her journalism, public administration, and medical degrees in her future career and has a particular interest in caring for critically ill patients. Christine loves to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to explore Nashville’s running trails, foodie scene and live music venues, and, as a loyal Mizzou fan, she can’t wait to cheer on the Tigers in Nashville. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Kennesaw, GA
College
Vanderbilt University
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

Taylor grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, Georgia with his identical twin, two younger brothers, and his little sister adopted from China. He received both his biomedical engineering and medical degrees at Vanderbilt University, which is how he has now attained the high honor of Triple Dore. He is desperately holding out for a football national championship but the tennis and baseball wins are great too. He is an avid table tennis player (currently accepting challenges), guitar player, and is involved in Medical Christian Fellowship. Taylor has always enjoyed spending time with his family and looks forward to visits home filled with spikeball, jamming together with various instruments, and his dad cooking on the hibachi grill. During medical school Taylor developed a deep passion for medicine and is thrilled for the next three years of training.

Hometown
Shawano, WI
College
Northwestern University
Career Plans
Medicine/Pediatrics or combined Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
University of Wisconsin
Brief Bio

Although born on a small Native American reservation in western New Mexico, the frozen tundra of Wisconsin is home for Dan. After an adolescence of Legos and Star Wars novels, Dan moved to Evanston, IL to attend Northwestern University where he studied biomedical engineering. It was in Chicago where he fell in love with bicycles and Chicago Critical Mass. It was also here where he was first hit by a car while cycling. The call home was too great, and he again moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend medical school. He developed an interest in EMR programming and utilization during this time and hopes to continue to channel his engineering background while at Vanderbilt. Dan can most often be found indulging in soccer, both inside and outside (although hopefully now he will have more opportunities outside); back-country canoe camping; and pretending to know how to use a sewing machine.

Hometown
Ellsworth, KS
College
Kansas State University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Jake grew up in a small town in central Kansas. He stayed close to home for college, majoring in biology at Kansas State University. After graduation, he was ready for a change of scenery and set out for Nashville for medical school. He extended his time in medical school in order to work on a masters degree in education, and after 5 years at Vanderbilt, he considers Nashville home. His dogs Tesla and Charlie try to take up most of his free time, but he also enjoys reading, cooking, and woodworking.

Hometown
Portland, Oregon
College
Oregon State University
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
Medical School
Oregon Health & Science University
Brief Bio
Drew was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the city where young people go to retire. During college Drew attended Oregon State University where he majored in artisan coffee, IPA’s, and Chemistry. While pursuing his life ambition to be a career student he earned his Pharm.D. from Oregon State and then attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University where he developed a passion for critical care medicine and end of life care. Like many Pacific Northwest young retirees he spends much of his time outdoors, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and backpacking, and is an avid runner and an occasional biker. Following graduation he will be taking a 3 week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and spending his last few weekends backpacking in Oregon. He’s looking forward to exploring the rivers and outdoors in Tennessee and taking in the Nashville music scene. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Galveston, TX
College
Washington University in St. Louis
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of Virginia
Brief Bio
Lauren was born and raised on Galveston Island, about 50 miles Southeast of Houston. As a BOI (born on the island), she enjoys the warmth, sunshine, and water. However, she also happens to be the palest of redheads so generally avoids being outside between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM without copious amounts of sunblock. Lauren left Texas to go to college in St. Louis, where she experienced the concept of seasons for the first time. She majored in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and, as part of this program, got the chance to study abroad in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, which she wants so badly to visit again. She went directly from college to medical school at UVA in Charlottesville, VA, where she fell in love with the beautiful scenery and hiking. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, going to concerts, cooking, cross-stitching, doing outside activities, and spending time with her boyfriend Michael. Both of her parents are originally from small towns in Tennessee, so this state has always been a sort of second home to her. She is very excited to enjoy all that Music City has to offer and to start her residency at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Hometown
Nashville, TN
College
University of Chicago
Career Plans
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School
MD - University of Tennessee Center for Health Science, Memphis, Tennessee, 2016
Brief Bio

Hannah grew up in Nashville, TN, but moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago for her undergraduate education, where she majored in biology with a minor in music. She enjoyed living in Chicago for several years after college, before moving down to Memphis, TN to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee. During this time she married her husband and Chicago native, Brad, who has spent the past years in Memphis dedicated to teaching, as well as bringing the sport of rugby to kids throughout the Memphis community. Hannah is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community. Outside of medicine, Hannah enjoys running and spending time with family, fur babies, and friends.

Hometown
Cary, NC
College
University of North Carolina
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
John French was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and quickly relocated to Cary, NC at the tender age of 18 months (Cary is appropriately nicknamed “Concentrated Area for Relocated Yankees”). Eager to excel in sports, he split his time between swimming, wresting, hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, and golf. He became exceedingly mediocre at all of them, with a neighborhood pool record for the 7-8 year-old boys 25-meter butterfly remaining as his only claim to fame. He first started playing piano and guitar at a young age, but his music career really took off later when he was in high school, where he played 6th chair guitar in his school jazz ensemble. He swears he could have been picked up by a local music producer were he actually allowed to plug in his guitar during performances. In an attempt to experience a culture completely different from his own, he ventured an entire 22 miles from his home to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he was Tar Heel bred, “…and when he dies he’ll be a Tar Heel dead.” He stayed at UNC for medical school where he slowly but surely settled differences with his Duke classmates and fell in love with internal medicine. John is extremely excited to be moving to Nashville and joining his fellow interns in the trenches. John plans on making eating, sleeping, and maintaining basic hygiene priorities during residency. In his spare time, he plans on swimming, mountain biking, running, playing guitar and piano, “cooking” (i.e. calling the fire department about a false alarm then ordering take-out), and listening to the next country mega-star on every street corner. Member of AOA
Hometown
Orlando, FL
College
Brown University
Career Plans
Nephrology
Medical School
University of Central Florida
Brief Bio
Christin grew up in Connecticut and went to undergraduate college at Brown University. She took a side trip to physician assistant school at the University of Florida but after practicing in hepatology, received mentorship that led her back to medical school. At UCF, she was part of the last of the founding classes and was able to participate in building the school’s traditions including organizing the first military match night and Tough Mudder Team. She has a rescue dog, Stella, whom she loves, and helped start her lifelong commitment to volunteering with rescues. She was drawn to Vanderbilt for its residents and faculty who seem so invested in their patients and in each other and can’t wait to start the journey with her new class this summer! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Tampa,FL
College
University of South Florida
Career Plans
Infectious Disease
Medical School
University of South Florida
Brief Bio
Chelsea Gorsline was born and raised in Tampa Bay, Florida. She earned her degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida in 2012 and stayed there to obtain her medical degree. She hopes to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Disease with a focus on global health and underserved communities. She enjoys gardening, cooking, craft beers and traveling the world (most recently on a trip to Australia & New Zealand). She and her husband enjoy the performing arts and are looking forward to enjoying the vibrant culture Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Boone, IA
College
Wartburg College
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Brief Bio

Anthony was born and raised in a small town in central Iowa as the older of two boys. His younger brother, who currently attends med school and hopes to pursue a career in internal medicine. He stayed in Iowa and continued his education at Wartburg College where he majored in biology and played tennis for the Knights. Wartburg is also where he met his wife, Erica. After college, he moved south to Iowa City where he attended the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. During study breaks, he continued to work on his tennis game and picked up a few new activities, like road biking and disc golf. He and his wife picked up a new addition to their family, a little Shih Tzu named Jordee. He loves to explore cities in search of new culinary experiences and can’t wait to see what appetizing dishes Nashville has to offer. In his free time he keeps up with college sports, spends time with his wife and friends, and tries to stay active outdoors. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Hartford City, IN
College
Ohio State University
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
Ohio State University
Brief Bio
Kristin is from a small town in rural Indiana, where cell phone service can still be hard to find. She attended Indiana University (Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!), majoring in microbiology, and minoring in chemistry and gender studies. For medical school, she wandered to the land of the Buckeyes - The Ohio State University – where she was peer-selected as the “Class Clown” and “Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.” Initially she considered a career in pathology, but through her rotations and service at several free clinics in Columbus, soon realized her passion for patient care and decided upon Internal Medicine. She is familiar with the beauty of Nashville and Vanderbilt’s reputation as a leader in medicine since her long-time boyfriend, Andrew, attended pharmacy school in Nashville at Lipscomb University. In addition to cooking and painting, she enjoys all outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. Along with Andrew, she also brings to Nashville their adopted shelter cat, Taco. They are ecstatic to be starting the newest chapter of their lives in Nashville and cannot wait to join the Vanderbilt family.

Resident L-1, Department of Medicine

Hometown
Washington, NC
College
University of North Carolina
Career Plans
Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
Ted grew up in a small town in coastal North Carolina. He spent his childhood swimming, boating, and fishing in the Pamlico River. After high school, Ted moved to Chapel Hill, where he majored in biology. After college, he took a gap year during which he worked as the medical volunteer coordinator at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti, before returning to medical school at UNC. He’s an avid supporter of UNC athletics, the Carolina Panthers, and Tottenham Hotspur FC. When he’s not cheering on the Tar Heels, you can find him cooking for his friends or searching for the next bow tie to add to his ever-expanding collection. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf and trying out new restaurants. After calling Chapel Hill home for the last eight years, Ted is excited to explore all that Vanderbilt and Nashville have to offer. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Milwaukee, WI
College
University of Wisconsin
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Ann was born in California and grew up moving all over the country, with Milwaukee being her most recent hometown. Ann became interested in medicine while studying neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin. Perhaps seeking a break from the snow, she went south to Virginia for medical school where she developed an interest in gastroenterology during her third-year rotations. During medical school Ann also volunteered at the free clinic and performed addiction research on gigantic alcoholic rats. Cooking is one of Ann’s passions, and she enjoys scouring the internet for recipes. Ann also enjoys hiking, traveling, socializing with friends, visiting wineries, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She is incredibly excited to begin her training at Vanderbilt and meet her co-residents, and explore all the food and music Nashville has to offer.

Hometown
Bloomington, IL
College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Career Plans
Undecided; possibly Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Kari was born and raised in central Illinois, and received her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois. As an undergraduate, she spent “the best five months of her life” studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and took part in several medical outreach trips to other countries. After college, Kari strayed from family tradition and entered medical school (no doubt greatly disappointing the eight lawyers in her family). Her most rewarding experience in medical school was participating on a national, non-profit sponsored running team with individuals experiencing homelessness, using running as a way to create self-sufficiency and encourage positive life change. Kari is ecstatic about matching at Vanderbilt, and is excited to escape Chicago winters, and explore the music scene in Nashville. In her free time, Kari enjoys traveling, running, playing soccer, going to brunch, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Kensington, Maryland
College
Duke University
Career Plans
Heme-Onc
Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Lucy Boyce Kennedy is a double first name, so she prefers to be called Lucy Boyce. She grew up in a bright turquoise Victorian house in Kensington, Maryland (within easy biking distance of DC), and the oldest of 3 kids. She graduated from Duke in 2011 with a double major in Chemistry and French, then went to Vanderbilt for medical school. In her spare time, she can be found reading 19th century French literature (in French, of course). She currently reading Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir. She also loves to read murder mysteries, and probably has 50 different Agatha Christie novels floating around her apartment. Things that keep her sane include family, friends, running (slowly and like a turkey but it still counts), swimming, country music, Sevier and Dragon parks, and the outdoor labyrinth at the Scarritt Bennett center. She loves to run the country music half marathon in the spring. Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot repeatedly reminds his companion Hastings that the key to solving the mystery is to use the little gray cells (gray matter). That's what she wants for her career: to use her little gray cells. She is interested in heme-onc.

Hometown
Accra, Ghana
College
Amherst College
Career Plans
Global Health; Medical Education
Medical School
University of Rochester
Brief Bio
Akosua grew up in Accra, Ghana. She came to the United States for college and had an absolutely lovely time at her alma mater, Amherst College. There, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and also had her very first full winter experience! She continued her education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was able explore some of what Upstate New York has to offer. She enjoyed being part of the Medical Education Pathway at her school and was very involved in the University of Rochester's free student-run clinic. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, reading, and exploring as many food choices as her budget can allow. She is thrilled to be a part of the Vanderbilt family and looks forward to the start of this exciting phase of her life.
Hometown
Richmond, VA
College
University of Notre Dame
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Patrick was born and raised in Richmond, VA with his identical twin brother, Jay, and his two younger siblings. Patrick ventured to the Midwest for college at Notre Dame where he majored in business and science. He played for the ultimate frisbee team and also found the time to develop his interest in medicine. A diehard Fighting Irish fan, Patrick returned to Virginia for medical school, close to his twin brother in Washington D.C. He performed research on anthrax during medical school spurring his curiosity in infectious diseases. When he’s not cheering on the Irish, he can be found playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, discussing sports, or reading about history. Patrick is excited to be moving to Nashville and cannot wait to explore the city and make new friends! Member of AOA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Hometown
Rockville, MD
College
Grinnell College
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
MD - Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, 2016
Brief Bio

Nathan grew up in Maryland and went to college in Iowa. He majored in biochemistry and was a water polo player for the Grinnell College Wild Turkey’s water polo team. He met his wife Elizabeth while in college, and they currently spend much of their time keeping their black lab Denver from chewing socks. Nathan enjoys participating in triathalons, playing and talking about any sport, and singing a capella music. In his fourth year of medical school at Georgetown University, he spent time in both the ICU and CCU where he developed a passion for critical care medicine. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Chapel Hill, NC
College
Dartmouth College
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Brian was born and raised in Chapel Hill NC. His love for all things green brought him to the cold yet beautiful Dartmouth campus where he played on the varsity soccer team. He enjoyed the investigational aspect of his ecology major, but longed for a career with interpersonal relationships like medicine. After college, he decided to combine his affection for soccer and health care and volunteered for the NGO 'Grassroot Soccer' that uses the influence of soccer to disseminate HIV prevention education throughout southern African. Brian spent a year in Zambia implementing the Grassroot Soccer education curriculum in two refugee settlements with UNHCR funding. Following his inspiring time abroad, he returned to UNC for medical school where he could enjoy a home cooked meal every once in a while. He is thrilled to be heading to Tennessee with his fiancée and their Bernese Mountain Dog named “Jed” after the Grateful Dead song. Outside of the hospital, Brian enjoys hiking, woodworking, all types of live music, trying new restaurants, and waking up early on the weekend to watch his beloved Chelsea soccer team.

Hometown
Lamar, SC
College
University of South Carolina Honors College
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Lauren was born and raised in Lamar, South Carolina. As the daughter of a farmer, she lived in a very small town (population ~1000) until eventually moving away to attend the University of South Carolina for both undergrad and medical school. Despite living in the Southeast her entire life, Lauren has actually only ever been to Nashville once for her residency interview at Vanderbilt. As a lover of country music and warm weather, she absolutely fell in love with the city on that visit, and she’s excited to explore everything Nashville has to offer over the next few years. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to podcasts, taking weekend road trips, and spending time with friends and family. Before the start of intern year, Lauren is getting married in Jamaica to her fiancé, Trey, who works in medical coding. After spending eight years in the same place, Lauren and Trey are excited to start their married life together in Music City. Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to train at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to meet her all of her fellow interns and residents! Member of AOA.

Hometown
Richboro, PA
College
Carleton College
Career Plans
Oncology
Medical School
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Erica grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, swimming, running, learning woodworking, and writing poetry until she moved to brave the Minnesota winters as an undergraduate. After college, she spent four months in Nepal assisting in a health camp just south of the Himalaya and interning at an HIV/AIDS education program in Kathmandu. Interested in an academic medicine career, she was a member of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and performed research in cancer metabolism as a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow. Erica is delighted to have matched to Vanderbilt, and to continue her trend of using her education to explore different parts of the country. She hopes to keep the above hobbies alive in during residency!

Hometown
Moorestown, NJ
College
Yale University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
New York University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Samuel grew up in New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia and spent his formative years playing guitar and tennis and watching sports. He attended college at Yale University where he studied English and film. After graduating from college, he initially worked in the film industry by performing script coverage for a film production company; however, it eventually dawned on him that he needed to be in a career where he was helping others, and he realized he wanted to be a doctor. So he picked up his bags, moved to Philadelphia, and completed a post-bac program at the University of Pennsylvania. From there he attended the NYU School of Medicine. Now he is moving to the South for the first time and couldn’t be more excited! Sam’s interests include brewing coffee, listening to basketball podcasts, reading, and exercising.

Hometown
Groton, VT
College
UNC – Chapel Hill
Career Plans
Medical Oncology
Medical School
University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
Elias was raised in a small town in northeast Vermont, in a section of the state known to the locals as the “Northeast Kingdom.” After graduating from high school, he headed south to study at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating with degrees in Biology and Political Science, he headed back north to Boston, where he worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Bone Marrow Transplant Division at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Eventually, he decided he really didn’t like the weather in New England, and went back to Chapel Hill for medical school. He is excited to be moving to Nashville with his wife Amanda, who will also be starting her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Washington DC
College
University of Delaware
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Medical School
New York University
Brief Bio
Eddie was born and raised in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area where he was revered as the team mascot (and coach) for his local swim team. Unable to become a mascot at the University of Delaware, he swam varsity and earned his degree in chemical engineering with minors in history and biochemical engineering. He then attended NYU where he maintained his status as a Masters swimmer, picked up boardgaming as a hobby , and met his out-of-his-league girlfriend and soon to be co-resident Angela Chen. When not cheering on his Wizards and Ravens, Eddie also likes to dabble in basketball, football, and all other sports himself. Eddie is excited to come to Nashville for the tremendous music scene, surrounding nature, and fantastic food and people! Eddie is currently interested in medical informatics and pulmonary/critical care but is eagerly awaiting all the experiences in his near future.
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
College
University of Miami
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
University of Miami
Brief Bio
Francesca was born and raised in South Florida along with her four younger sisters. She attended college at the University of Miami where she majored in Microbiology & Immunology and minored in English Literature. After college, she spent a year conducting HIV vaccination research and decided to stay in Miami for medical school. Francesca is excited to live outside of Florida for the first time in her life and is looking forward to her first winter in Nashville, as well as its food and music scene. She is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt family and can't wait to meet her fellow interns! In her free time, Francesca enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, drawing, and spending time with her family and friends. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Naples, FL
College
Johns Hopkins
Career Plans
Oncology and Palliative Care
Medical School
University of California -San Diego
Brief Bio
KC was born in North Dakota, but spent her early childhood in the pacific northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Northern Idaho), then southwest Florida (Naples, FL). For high school, she moved to Orange County, California then headed to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD for college. Her love of the west coast is only surpassed by her love of a Baltimore based baseball player, Tim, that she married during her second year of medical school at UC San Diego. KC and her husband, Tim, love to spend time in nature - biking, hiking, playing beach volleyball, and camping. KC loves adventure, her family, and being a part of caring for others physically, emotionally, and spiritually, which is why she is pursuing oncology and palliative care.
Hometown
Newark, Delaware
College
Univeristy of Virginia
Career Plans
Clinical Informatics
Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Brief Bio
Rollin is a native of Newark, Delaware but has spent the last ten years in Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education at UVa earning degrees in chemistry and biology. He then spent two years doing genetics research in Charlottesville before going to EVMS in Norfolk. During his training, he developed an interest in informatics especially as it relates to process improvement. An avid runner and tennis player, his main interest outside of medicine is music performance where he splits his time between classical piano and voice. He looks forward to continuing his medical training at Vanderbilt and living in the city of Nashville. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Arlington, TX
College
Baylor University
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine
Brief Bio

Breck grew up in Arlington, TX, and is the youngest of six children (four sisters and two brothers). Throughout his childhood and into high school, Breck loved spending his time on any sports field, be it football, soccer, or Ultimate Frisbee. He also learned a love for bow-fishing with his dad; his biggest catch ever was a 7-foot-2-inch alligator gar that his wife still hasn’t agreed to hang over the bed. When it came to college, Breck decided that Baylor University was the perfect place for him. There, he got his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, but also discovered his passion for the field of medicine. The next step was a move to Houston to attend Baylor College of Medicine. During his time in medical school, Breck found his love for cardiology, married his love (Kelsey), and learned a totally new kind of love when Luke was born on September 20, 2014. In his free moments, Breck loves hiking, fishing, kayaking, cheering on the Baylor Bears, and cooking with Kelsey. Member of AOA.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Hometown
North Potomac, MD
College
University of Notre Dame
Career Plans
Academic Internal Medicine
Medical School
MD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2016
Brief Bio

Bethany was born and raised in North Potomac, MD along with her 3 siblings. She attended the University of Notre Dame for college where she studied chemical engineering and met her now husband, Andrew. After college, she went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and developed interests in internal medicine and academic medicine. All throughout medical school, she worked caring for her neighbor and friend who is a quadriplegic. In her free time she enjoys running, baking, watching Notre Dame football and the Food Network, and playing card games. She is so excited to start her residency at Vanderbilt, to continue to learn all that Vanderbilt and Nashville have to offer, and to escape the cold northern winters!

Hometown
Marietta, GA
College
University of Georgia
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Medical College of Georgia
Brief Bio
Kelly was born and raised a Georgian. She attended the wonderful University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and obtained her BS in biology. After college, she made her way to Augusta, GA (home of the Masters!) to attend the Medical College of Georgia where she fell in love with internal medicine. Although still undecided about her future career plans, she is interested in hospitalist medicine and hematology/oncology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Netflix original series, running, hiking, reading and attempting to learn Spanish! She is excited about moving to a new state for the first time and becoming a part of the magnificent Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Rowlett, Texas
College
Texas A&M University
Career Plans
Thoracic Medical Oncology
Medical School
University of Texas- Houston
Brief Bio
Misty was born and raised in a suburb of Dallas, and is the youngest of five children (1 sister, 3 brothers). In the 10th grade, Misty lost her father to small cell lung cancer. Her life passion is to become a thoracic medical oncologist. At Texas A&M University, she double majored in genetics and biochemistry, minored in chemistry, and was President of the Biochemistry & Genetics Society. As a HHMI “Med into Grad” scholar, she earned her Ph.D. in lung cancer personalized medicine at University of Texas Southwestern with Dr. John Minna, and was President of the Graduate Student Organization. She deferred her admission to medical school at University of Texas Houston to complete a post-doctoral research year. She was fortunate to train at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center during medical school. She aspires to discover novel predictive biomarkers and coordinate/conduct early Phase clinical trials for investigational drugs in lung cancer to redefine the existing gold standards for cancer therapeutics. Misty met her husband Michael (insurance agent, avid tennis player, singer/songwriter, and carpenter) early in her graduate training, and they married in 2010. They have a 6-lb Balinese kitty DJ Jazzy Fresh aka Jasmine who sits and fetches on command, but also rules the home. Misty’s hobbies include classical ballet en pointe, hip-hop, figure skating, décor design, cooking and baking, knitting, sewing, candle making, arts & crafts, watching The Biggest Loser, The Voice, football, baseball and hockey. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Vieux-Fort, St. Lucia
College
Barry University
Career Plans
General Internal Medicine/ Primary Care
Medical School
Meharry Medical College
Brief Bio

Lanzi was born on the beautiful island of St. Lucia in a small farming community. After making it through high school, she packed her bags for a new adventure in Miami, FL to pursue a BS in Biology at Barry University, where her love of medicine quickly blossomed. After undergrad, Lanzi moved to St. Croix USVI where she met her husband Marcos and they have been inseparable ever since. Acceptance into Meharry Medical College brought Lanzi and her husband to Nashville where they quickly fell in love with the city and the people. Being an ‘island girl’ Lanzi has a love of nature and spends her free time visiting the Nashville Zoo, hiking at Radnor Lake, as well as visiting the numerous other parks in the Nashville area. Lanzi looks forward to the next chapter in her life here in Nashville and is excited to begin residency at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

Hometown
Rock Hill, SC
College
Duke University
Career Plans
Academic Hematology/Oncology
Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina
Brief Bio
Eric was born in Canton, Ohio, home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the age of four, he moved to Rock Hill, SC and has been in the Carolinas ever since! He attended high school in Charlotte, NC and then went on to attend Duke University for undergrad. At Duke, Eric studied Neuroscience, Genomics, and Spanish, while still making time to tent out for basketball games in Krzyzewskiville! He loved every second of being on campus with his fellow Cameron Crazies. In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, running, photography, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on his Blue Devils and Carolina Panthers! Eric is excited for his move to Nashville and is looking forward to working with an amazing group of residents and faculty. Eric hopes to develop his interest in medical education and medical media during his time at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Lubbock, Texas
College
Texas A&M University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of Texas-Houston
Brief Bio
Aaron grew up in Lubbock, Texas, home of dust storms, tumbleweeds, and the world-famous “Prairie Dog Town.” For college, he had the utmost privilege of becoming a Fightin’ Texas Aggie at Texas A&M where he studied Biology. While there, he worked summers as a camp counselor and developed a deep love for the outdoors. He attended medical school at UT-Houston and fell in love with the big, sprawling metropolis, particularly its diverse food scene, street art, and international population. His favorite things include sunshine in any capacity, coffee, IPAs, music festivals, and religiously listening to NPR. He is moving to Nashville with his boyfriend and their lovable pitbull, Tiger. All three are excited to explore the region’s parks for general adventuring and seeing what these four different seasons are all about. Mostly, he will miss the Tex-Mex, but hears this hot chicken is pretty great too. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Fayetteville, AR
College
University of Arkansas
Career Plans
Academic Medicine / Global Health
Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Brief Bio

Davis, who has always gone by “Mac,” grew up in Arkansas speaking in third person. He stayed in his hometown of Fayetteville to attend the University of Arkansas, focusing on biology, anthropology, and global health. In medical school, he took an extra year to complete a master’s degree in global health delivery including research on barriers to heart failure care in rural Haiti. Mac intends to bring his interest in global health back to the South for a career in academic medicine. In particular, he is interested in community-based approaches to improving primary care access and equity for poor populations. After five chilly years in Boston, he is very excited for the upcoming move: returning to the glorious SEC, not feeling guilty for saying “ma’am,” exploring Nashville with everyone, extreme brunching, and playing golf.

Hometown
Herndon, VA
College
The College of William and Mary
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of Virginia
Brief Bio
Karen grew up in Northern Virginia. She was active in sports, including figure skating and short/mid-distance track, as well as volunteer work. She headed south to Williamsburg, VA for college at William and Mary, where she graduated with degrees in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. She spent the next year volunteering at a free medical clinic in the DC area, training as an EMT, and coaching adapted ice skating and Special Olympics skating classes. She stayed in Virginia to attend the University of Virginia for medical school. She enjoys figure skating, skiing, running, hiking, and traveling, and notable achievements include a scuba diving certification and almost mastering speaking Spanish without a French accent. She is very excited to start residency at Vanderbilt and move to Nashville.
Hometown
Wilmette, IL
College
Yale University
Career Plans
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Medical School
University of Chicago
Brief Bio
Robin was raised in Wilmette, IL, a suburb of Chicago. After studying Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, she worked for a few years in a biomedical engineering laboratory at Northwestern University, where she developed point-of-care diagnostic tests for use in resource-limited areas. She then moved down to the South Side of Chicago, where she attended The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. It was in the UChicago MICU that she reaffirmed her love of physiology and decided to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (probably). Outside of the hospital, Robin is an avid cook, baker, and preserver of canned goods. On free Saturday mornings, she can be found biking to the farmers market with her husband. She prides herself on her ability to pack 8 days worth of (tasty) food into a bear canister for backpacking trips with her college roommate. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville for closer proximity to mountainous terrain for hiking and warmer weather that will make year-round bike-commuting a more pleasant experience.
Hometown
Palo Alto, CA
College
Stanford University
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Maya grew up in Northern California as the daughter of a mathematician and a sister to two younger siblings who are now computer scientists. She studied biomechanical engineering at Stanford and originally planned to pursue a career in engineering. However, after spending several summers as a volunteer in rural communities in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Nicaragua, she realized she enjoys work that involves more personal interaction, and decided to go into medicine instead. She gained an appreciation for Southern living during her time in medical school at Duke, and is now looking forward to moving to one of the South's most exciting cities. Maya enjoys almost any team sport; she played rugby in college, and more recently has gotten into ultimate frisbee. She also loves the outdoors and everything food (cooking, nutrition, farmers’ markets). Maya is thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family.

University of California San Francisco

Sub-specialty Interest – Hematology/Oncology

Hometown
Marlboro, NJ
College
Princeton University
Career Plans
Oncology
Medical School
UC San Francisco
Brief Bio

Julie grew up in New Jersey, where she had the dubious distinction of attending the same high school as one of the stars of the 'Jersey Shore.' She traveled a few miles west from home for college at Princeton University, where she studied molecular biology and did research on how bacteria communicate via quorum sensing. She then traveled many more miles to UCSF for an MD/PhD, where she studied signaling transduction in leukocyte migration. While in the Bay Area, Julie kept hearing about the ‘big data revolution’ and ‘personalized medicine.' She is excited to see how these play out with Vanderbilt’s BioVU database. Outside of the lab, Julie enjoys long distance running and performing experiments at home by infusing spirits to create DIY liquors.

Hometown
Frederick, Maryland
College
Johns Hopkins University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Bin grew up in Frederick (colloquially known as Fred-neck), Maryland, a small town that worships country music and the Baltimore Ravens. Bin studied Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, only to discover that he was really bad at computer programming. Bin attended Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, before deciding to ditch the cold New York weather for some sweet southern comfort. Bin absolutely loved Vanderbilt on the interview trail and is ecstatic to have matched here. Bin is looking forward to exploring Nashville, getting a selfie with Taylor Swift, and most of all, meeting everyone at Vandy. In his spare time, Bin likes to travel, cook, play soccer and tennis, and go to wine tastings and Trivia nights. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Novi, MI
College
University of Michigan
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Brief Bio

Susan grew up in Novi, Michigan, a suburb 30 minutes outside of Ann Arbor. After high school, she decided to make that “long” journey and attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in chemistry. She became interested in clinical medicine after conducting research in neurosurgery and cardiology while at Michigan. Being a city girl at heart, Susan wanted to experience a bigger city, so she headed to the East coast and attended the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. There, she realized that surgery wasn’t for her, but she loved every internal medicine rotation, especially cardiology. During her fourth year, aside from conducting research in cardiology, she has also found time to pursue her other interests, including baking, cooking, jogging, and traveling. Susan is excited to start residency at Vanderbilt and meet all her co-residents and faculty, as well as take in all that Nashville has to offer.

Hometown
Granger, IN
College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Career Plans
Rheumatology
Medical School
Stanford University School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Jennifer Young-Glazer was born and raised in Granger, Indiana where she spent her childhood exploring the ponds and forests near her home. When it came time for high school, she opted for something different and moved to New Hampshire to attend a boarding school. She moved to Massachusetts to attend college at MIT, where she met her future husband, Andrew. At MIT, she was active in oncology research, but fell in love with medicine when she became and EMT. After college, Jenny and Andrew moved west where she worked for several years at UCSF researching T-cell receptor diversity in HIV. She decided to stay in the Bay Area to attend Stanford Medical School, where here interests in immunology led her to pursue research in rheumatology. She and her husband are thrilled to move to Nashville and discover a new region of the country. They are especially excited about the live music scene in the city and looking forward to hiking in the region’s parks. She can't wait to meet all of her fellow interns!

Hometown
Memphis, TN
College
Harvard University
Career Plans
Cardiology
Medical School
Vanderbilt
Brief Bio
Chi Zhang is a 26-year-old Chinese male who was born in Hefei, China but grew up in Memphis, TN. He presents to Vanderbilt with the chief complaint of “July jitters.” He has an unremarkable past medical history but endorses allergies to sulfonamides. Chi studied molecular and cellular biology in college and researched signaling pathways in T cell activation, for which he received a minor in Western blotting. He also ventured to Wieprz, Poland one summer as a WorldTeach volunteer, exchanging his love of English for bountiful helpings of blueberry pierogies. During medical school, he realized his passion for cardiology and investigated novel therapeutic agents for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice. He was bitten the first day on the job but managed to avoid stitches. Chi has no siblings, has never smoked, and only partakes of alcohol in socially apropos settings. His vaccinations are up to date. In his dwindling free time, Chi enjoys running at Centennial Park, dehydrating at Percy Warner Park, and rehydrating at local gastropubs. He hopes that “July jitters” is a self-limiting condition.
Hometown
Nashville, TN
College
University of Pennsylvania
Career Plans
Pulmonary/Critical Care, Palliative Care
Medical School
Vanderbilt
Brief Bio
Sophie grew up in Chengdu, China, the giant panda capital of the world. She moved to Nashville with her family when she was 11 years old and considers herself a native Nashvillian for all intents and purposes. She is a life-long student of classical music and spent almost all of her extra-curricular time in high school at the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, completing the four-year Pre-Collegiate Certificate Program in piano and classical voice. She ventured north of the Mason-Dixon Line for college at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied chemistry and economics. Music continues to bring her many joys in life, the greatest of which is her husband, Henry, whom she met when they both performed with the Penn University Choir. She brought Henry back to Nashville when she started medical school at Vanderbilt, where he completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Radiology and transitioned to a career in research administration at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. When she is free, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, all of whom live in Nashville. She loves spending her weekends visiting her parents, playing with her nephews, and cooking with her husband. When she’s feeling lazy, she enjoys binge-watching the Food Network and HGTV, planning her next meals and home decorating projects.

Perelman School of Medicine

Sub-specialty Interest – Hematology/Oncology

Hometown
Vancouver, Canada
College
University of Toronto
Career Plans
Hematology/Oncology
Medical School
University of Pennsylvania
Brief Bio

Alice grew up in the coastal mountains of British Columbia before taking a hike over to Toronto for college. She discovered her love of research in college, studying botany, immunology and microbiology, leading her to pursue a MD/PhD degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in cancer biology. Alice loves visual art and in her spare time she draws, paints, and crafts. She is excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt family and making Nashville her new home.

Hometown
Simi Valley, CA
College
Auburn University
Career Plans
Academic Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist
Medical School
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Brief Bio

Kara was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but has spent most of the past ten years in the great state of Alabama. While in Alabama she was introduced to its many charms, including sweet tea, country music, and SEC football. After obtaining a degree in zoology and completing a swimming career at Auburn University, Kara returned to California for a short time, but found herself missing the South and was drawn back to Alabama for her medical education and further conversion into a Southern girl. Kara is excited about moving to Nashville and becoming part of the Vanderbilt family during her Med/Peds training! She hopes to become a hospital-based clinician educator and has a passion for education, international health, and underserved populations. In recent years Kara has spent time serving in Mexico, Haiti, Peru, and the Dominican Republic and hopes to be involved in international medical education during her career. In her free time, Kara likes to be as active as possible and enjoys the outdoors, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, triathlons, cooking, and home remodeling projects. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Bloomington, IN
College
Vanderbilt University
Career Plans
Medicine/Pediatrics
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

Sarah is from Bloomington, Indiana, and subsequently believes that every year will be the year that Indiana University will win the NCAA Basketball Tournament - regardless of whether they are good or not (usually not). Her first Southern experience came in 2004, when her mother essentially forced her to take a college visit to Vanderbilt. She fell in love with the place, as evidenced by the fact that she’s still here - nine years later! While an undergraduate, she majored in neuroscience and minored in being a walk-on cross country and track athlete. Sarah detoured to Ecuador for a year after college, where she worked for a community development non-profit, before returning to Vanderbilt for medical school. She is thrilled to be one of the newest “Vandy Lifers,” though is quick to point out she has stayed true to her Midwestern roots based on multiple scientific online quizzes about regional dialect. She looks forward to the next adventure and can’t imagine a better place to live and work! Member of AOA.

Hometown
Prairie Village, KS
College
Washington University in St. Louis
Career Plans
Medicine/Pediatrics
Medical School
Vanderbilt University
Brief Bio

Dan was born and raised in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kansas. It was in this early stage of life where he picked up the self-destructive habit of being a fan of both the Chiefs and Royals. Looking for better sports teams (and perhaps a college education) Dan ventured west to St. Louis where he attended college at Washington University in St. Louis. While he could never quite bring himself to be a Cardinals fan, Dan did discover a passion for teaching. This lead to two years of teaching high school science in rural Eastern North Carolina for Teach for America. There, Dan learned a lot about teaching, relating to students, and dancing (especially the “Stanky Leg”). However, the best thing to come from his time in North Carolina was meeting his wife, Holly, who despite being a Yankee is adapting well to the South. Dan decided to make the switch back to being a student and luckily, Holly decided to move with him here to Nashville. While Dan has been in medical school, Holly has continued to teach high school math and help students with college admissions and Dan is planning a career in primary care with an interest in underserved communities. Dan and Holly enjoy hiking, going on walks with their dog Porter, cooking and entertaining and are looking forward to 4 more years here in Nashville. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Hazard, KY
College
Transylvania University
Career Plans
Medicine/Pediatrics and Medical Education
Medical School
Georgetown University
Brief Bio

Savannah was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. For college, she ventured to the big city of Lexington to attend Transylvania University, where she majored in biology. After college, Savannah joined Teach for America and spent two years teaching high school biology in Greenville, Mississippi. Savannah then decided to branch out from her mostly rural experiences to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. While in medical school she was able to join her love of medicine and education by completing a medical education research track. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys casual jogging, cooking, reading, trying new restaurants, and cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats. Just prior to beginning intern year, Savannah will be marrying her fiancé Stephen in Louisville, KY. Savannah is thrilled to be moving back south, where she can enjoy real southern food, SEC sports, sweet tea, and good live music. Member of AOA.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Hometown
Chappaqua, NY
College
Brown University
Career Plans
Gastroenterology
Medical School
Stony Brook
Brief Bio

Jacob grew up in Chappaqua, New York, where not much happens. To pass the time he took a computer science class in high school and fell in love with it. His passion for programming brought him to Brown University where he was poised to be a software engineer. That is, until a fateful internship showed him the horrors of sitting behind a computer all day everyday. With the realization that he wanted to be with people, Jacob started taking computational biology courses, which brought him to Stony Brook Medical School, where not much happens. At Stony Brook he passed the time making iPhone apps and sorting his fellow students into their preferred rotations. He enjoys volleyball, racquetball, going for walks and is excited to sit behind a computer writing notes in a city where things happen. Member of AOA.

Clinical Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

Hometown
Rossville, KS
College
University of Kansas
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Brief Bio

Marc grew up in rural Kansas at the end of a country road where he enjoyed fishing and camping and became a proud Jeep owner (and still is). He then moved away to college at the University of Kansas where he studied Biochemistry and Piano Performance. Here, he worked in a cancer biology lab and investigated novel anti-neoplastic drugs, treating colon cancer in mouse models. Not quite ready to leave the Midwest, he stayed in Kansas to pursue his MD and developed a love for Kansas City BBQ and local breweries. In his free time he enjoys watching Big 12 sports (Rock Chalk!), cooking spicy cuisine, horror movies and running/hiking. He is excited to move to Nashville as he grew up attending bluegrass festivals and is a country music fanatic. Although he will miss the excitement in Kansas City as the Royals recreate their World Series run, he is even more ecstatic to become part of the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA