Internal Medicine Housestaff 2018-2019
Ambulatory Chief Resident , Nashville VA Medical Center
Bradley grew up in Dallas, TX where he developed the unfortunate habit of rooting for the ill-fated Texas Rangers baseball team. He attended Texas A&M for undergraduate and majored in biology and watching the A&M football team relinquish large leads. He stayed at Texas A&M for medical school where he developed interests in hematology/oncology and medical education. During medical school, he also married his high school sweetheart Katie, who is a graphic designer and the owner of all creative talent in their relationship. Bradley and Katie were thrilled when he matched at Vanderbilt for residency and have loved their time in Nashville. Outside of medicine, Bradley enjoys playing basketball and tennis, attempting to cook, reading books on spirituality and the history of medicine, and spending time with his beautiful 1-year old daughter Hallie. He is honored and excited to serve as a chief resident, and is looking forward to spending another year alongside the outstanding residents and faculty at Vanderbilt.
Ambulatory Chief Resident, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Lauren grew up in a small town near the Chesapeake Bay with her three siblings and spent her childhood summers swimming and eating great seafood. She attended Yale University, where she majored in Cognitive Science and minored in the lively a capella and musical theatre scene. Missing sweet tea and Southern hospitality, she returned to the South for medical school at Wake Forest, where after starting clinical rotations her interests quickly shifted from pediatrics to the opposite end of the age spectrum. She intends to pursue a fellowship in Geriatrics and continue learning from the inspiring, hilarious, and wise stories of her older adult patients. Her experiences and supportive mentors at Vanderbilt also helped her discover a love for social medicine and medical education, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career. In her free time during medical school and residency, she developed her skills in East Coast swing and other social dance and tried not to ruin her “bookworm” rep by still reading as much as possible. She has loved her time at Vanderbilt and is honored and excited to spend another year learning alongside the incredible residents and faculty.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Sullivan grew up on Long Island in New York and attended college at the University of Notre Dame. Heading south to Vanderbilt for medical school, he has remained a member of the Vanderbilt family ever since. While in medical school at Vanderbilt, he also completed his master’s degree in education and is passionate about medical education, in particular the development of clinical reasoning and physician wellness. Upon graduating from medical school, his classmates voted him as the peer they would most want to be their personal physician. In addition, he was awarded the Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal for first honors. He completed residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in internal medicine and pediatrics. During that time, he was chosen for multiple teaching awards, including the most outstanding teacher of medical students three years in a row and most outstanding pediatric resident teacher. Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interest is in primary care internal medicine and pediatrics. In this context he is interested in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, as well as the care of LGBTQ patients. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, practicing yoga and meditation, and reading a good book.
Case Western Reserve
In his early years, Dixon was a bit of a rapscallion until a semester abroad in Zermatt, Switzerland opened his eyes to the world of academia. When he returned to the States he broadened his horizons to focus on being not only captain of the football team, but also captain of the debate team. Never one to quickly make up his mind, Dixon double majored in history and biology at the UAB where he had two life changing experiences: an introduction to basic science and an introduction to his wife (his one straightforward decision). He spent a summer in Omaha, NE researching fetal lung fibroblasts that eventually evolved into studying chemotaxis and fertilization in C. elegans at UAB. Dixon was certain that he was destined for a research career in pediatrics. However, still unable to choose a straight path, he enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Case Western Reserve University. There his PhD work shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of immune checkpoint molecules in the setting of primary CNS malignancies. Now, convinced that he is destined for a research career in Internal Medicine, Dixon is excited to join the Harrison Society and plans to complete a fellowship in oncology. Outside of work, Dixon enjoys time with his wife, Emma, and their Bernese Mountain Dogs: Scarlett, Christoph, and Zelda, as they watch the Cleveland Browns try to win a football game and the University of Alabama collect national titles.
University of Minnesota
Rita hails from the upper midwest, originally from Michigan's upper peninsula and then, for the remainder of her chilhood, a small town in southern Minnesota. She attended the University of Wisconsin for college, where she studied psychology and global health and developed an allegiance to Wisconsin athletics - go Badgers! Following college, she returned to Minnesota where she attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Rita's medical interests include hospital medicine, medical education, the role of social media in medicine, and the experiences of women in medicine. Her non-medical interests include long-distance running (including two marathons during medical school), cooking and baking (especially a carrot cake recipe that has become well-known in her medical school class), spending time outdoors with her husband Grant and goldendoodle Jack, and listening to podcasts of all genres. She is looking forward to venturing south to a warmer climate and living in SEC territory!
Teminioluwa (Temini) Ajayi spent most of his formative years in Nigeria. He transferred to the US for college where he completed an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Master’s in Public Health. During his undergraduate years he volunteered as a student leader in various capacities. He also worked as a program manager for the NIEHS Translational Institute at Texas A&M before matriculating to medical school at Duke. His interests include molecular genetics and the intersection of global health, education, and technology. He is an avid Netflixer and loves to play soccer (even though he is, admittedly, quite terrible at it). Excited to be joining the Vanderbilt IM family!
Aseel was born and raised in Amman, Jordan with her younger brother, sister and parents. She received her medical education at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, during which she visited Vanderbilt for the first time for an away rotation. She fell in love with the beautiful city of Nashville and came back right after graduating from Jordan to join the lab of Dr. Alp Ikizler. She spent the last two years working on research projects focused on tissue sodium, insulin resistance and prevention of hypertension. In her spare time, she enjoys driving around and discovering new hiking spots in Tennessee. She also likes playing basketball and swimming. Aseel is excited to be staying in Vanderbilt’s community!
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.
Cory was born on an Air Force base on the island of Terceira in the Azores archipelago, a Portuguese territory, and shortly after moved to Ames, Iowa. He attended St. Olaf College where he studied biology with concentrations in neuroscience and biochemistry. While in college, he worked as an EMT and a medical scribe, cementing his interest in medicine. After college, he attended the University of Iowa for medical school where he spent a great deal of time organizing fundraisers. At Iowa, he developed a passion for teaching and the study of healthcare delivery. His interests include hospital medicine, rheumatology, pulmonology, and critical care. Cory spends his spare time playing frisbee with his dog, swimming, golfing, watching football, and being outside. He looks forward to becoming part of the Vanderbilt team and exploring all that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.
Ian is the oldest of four children and was born in Port Huron, Michigan. He moved to Cincinnati when he was nine and has lived there ever since. He did his undergrad at Xavier University, where he studied biology, chemistry and theology and discovered his deep love of basketball. Then to the chagrin of all his friends, he moved across town to Xavier’s biggest rival for medical school. At the University of Cincinnati, he met his better half, Erin Bouquet, and they are both excited to be co-residents in Vanderbilt’s IM program for the next three years! They are eager to move to Nashville and Ian is really looking forward to exploring a whole city’s worth of new breweries and restaurants. He is also looking forward to the mild winters and relative lack of snowfall! Ian loves to play basketball, cook elaborate dinners, play video games, mountain bike and sit poolside.
Erin was born in Youngstown, Ohio and lived there with her parents and younger brother until college. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in biology, minored in liturgical music ministry, and learned the value of blind optimism during football season - Go Irish! While there, Erin sang in the Notre Dame Folk Choir, whose yearly tours took her to LA, NYC, Ireland, and Scotland. After college, Erin spent a year in Philadelphia working with hospice patients. She returned to Ohio for medical school at the University of Cincinnati where she met her boyfriend, Ian. They are both thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family together as co-residents! Erin loves trying new restaurants, hiking, spinning, road trips, daydreaming about her future dog, and any food that involves potatoes. She and Ian are excited to be moving south and especially look forward to checking out the great food and live music that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA
Kevin was raised in Geneva (Switzerland) and grew up speaking English with his American father and French with his Mauritian mother. He completed a bilingual high school education in Geneva before moving to London. He attended the Imperial College London School of Medicine for his undergraduate science degree and postgraduate medical training. After completing his visiting student elective at the Mayo Clinic and his mandatory internship year in London, he decided to “jump across the pond” and applied for residency in the U.S. He is thrilled to have matched to Vanderbilt and looks forward to moving to Nashville, where he used to visit his extended family as a child. His clinical interests are infectious diseases and pulmonary/critical care. Outside medicine, he enjoys being outdoors, soccer, tennis and cooking.
Patricia has lived in Southeast Michigan all her life, but calls Poland her second home. She was raised immersed in Polish culture, from making pierogi and paczki with her family to participating in Polish folk dances as a child. She knew she wanted to pursue medicine in high school after working with a local rheumatologist at her medical office. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in neuroscience and then moved back closer to home for medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont, where she fell in love with the field of internal medicine. Patricia is interested in pulmonary/ critical care medicine, gastroenterology, and academic medicine. She enjoys spending summers on the lake with her family and winters out West snowboarding. She also likes running, hiking, and kickboxing in her free time. She is an avid Detroit and Michigan sports fan (Go Blue!), but is willing to cheer for the Predators and Titans as long as they’re not playing her Detroit teams.
University of Iowa
Interests/Achievements: Dan was born and grew up in Belton, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. He attended the University of Missouri where he majored in chemistry and biological sciences. During college, he worked in a lab studying adult muscle stem cell biology. While at Mizzou, he was named a Barry Goldwater Scholar for his work on transcriptional regulation of plasticity in adult muscle stem cells. His passion for medicine and research led him to Iowa City to begin MD/PhD training. At Iowa, Dan gained a passion for lung biology while completing his dissertation on the airway hyper-responsiveness seen in cystic fibrosis disease. While at Iowa, Dan met and married his wife, Brooke, a graduate of Iowa’s MBA program. When not working, Dan enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking, and visiting local theatre shows. Dan and his wife are looking forward to moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community. Professional Information: My long-term goal is to translate basic scientific research into meaningful clinical outcomes as a physician scientist. I hope to utilize my knowledge of disease mechanisms and clinical experiences to generate therapies and cures for human disease
Kelly was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She attended Emory University where she majored in biology. While at Emory, she played varsity soccer (with fellow intern Kaele Leonard!) and was named captain her junior and senior seasons. Kelly went to medical school at the University of Florida, where she fell in love with SEC football and the Gator Nation. While in medical school, she traded her soccer cleats for running shoes and raced her way to the Boston Marathon, a most humbling and inspiring experience. Besides playing soccer and running, Kelly enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, hiking, camping, cycling, and spending time with her fiancé, Ryan. They look forward to Nashville’s live music and food scenes and they are excited to explore the outdoors of Tennessee. Kelly is honored to join the Vanderbilt family!
Greta was born in the great state of Iowa, where pigs outnumber people 7:1. She was raised in Des Moines and spent her time swimming, learning how to bake from her grandmother, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. She is a blue ribbon winner for her baked goods at the Iowa State Fair. She moved to Missouri for undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, she was the manager of the women’s basketball team for 4 years and she cultivated a love for science and medicine. She also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which sparked her love for international travel. Her favorite destinations to date have been Machu Picchu in Peru and Banff National Park in Canada. She graduated with degrees in biology and Spanish. After undergrad, she returned to Iowa for medical school. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys cooking, music, and being active. She is looking forward to the next phase of her training at Vanderbilt and to diving into the rich culture that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA
Xuan was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Houston, TX before attending Duke University for college. At Duke, he discovered a passion for Duke basketball and ultrasound imaging. After earning a degree biomedical engineering with minors in chemistry and biology, he enrolled in the MSTP program at the University of Pittsburgh. His PhD research was focused on developing new ultrasound imaging technologies to identify vulnerable carotid plaques. Once upon a time, Xuan enjoyed playing basketball, but these days, it would be more accurately described as limping across the courts. He is also perfecting his recipe for crispy roasted potatoes and working his way back into pre-MS3 shape (admittedly clashing pursuits). He can’t wait to return to the South and join the Vanderbilt family!
Robert Dunn was born in Atlanta, GA but quickly moved to Chattanooga where his love for the outdoors was born. Staying in Chattanooga for his undergraduate education, he earned a degree in chemistry and met his wife, Meagan. Staying in the great state of Tennessee, he attended medical school at the University of Tennessee where he developed his interest in academic medicine and enjoyed the best BBQ in the USA. Outside the hospital, he enjoys, hiking, camping, running, gardening, cheering for the Nashville Predators, smoking meats, and trying as many hot wings as he can get his hands on. He is stoked to live in his wife's hometown, Nashville, and join the Vanderbilt family!"
Tyler grew up in Nashville, Tennessee attending St. Henry’s School and Father Ryan High School before studying nursing at Saint Louis University. He returned to Nashville after college and worked as a critical care nurse at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital for five years. During medical school, he Anchored Down and married his beautiful wife, who is a Vanderbilt alumna. He is also a new father as of November 2017 to a charming son, Jeremy Tyler. Tyler enjoys lifting heavy weights, playing golf, and teaching his son to be the next Tiger Woods. He is excited to return home to Music City! Member of AOA.
Eric grew up in Ocala, FL, and learned to love yearlong summers. He attended college at Stetson University in Florida, where he majored in physics and minored in French. He then moved northward to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was involved with Careers in Medicine and the ultrasound interest group as a medical student. He also spent a year doing basic science research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while in medical school. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He is very excited to be continuing on at Vanderbilt.
Nowrin grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a B.A. in biochemistry and economics. Despite her best efforts to leave her hometown, she fell in love with the Washington University School of Medicine and decided another four years in the same city couldn't be so bad, to the relief of her parents. There she developed a passion for the heart and was involved in cardiovascular research focused on the treatment of atrial fibrillation. In addition, she was the head of the American Medical Women's Association and helped organize the Red Dress Affair, raising over $13,000 for the American Heart Association. In her spare time, Nowrin loves to travel, read, find new restaurants and sites with her friends, and binge-watch Netflix shows from her couch. She is looking forward to the warmer weather and change of scenery in Nashville and is excited to explore a new city with her new friends.
Alexandra (Lexi) Haugh grew up in Montville, New Jersey. She grew up speaking both Croatian and English and spent several childhood summers with her grandparents and cousins in Croatia. The first time she crossed the Mason-Dixon line was to attend Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, where she double majored in chemistry and English literature. After graduating from college, she deferred enrolling in medical school to spend a year working at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She then moved to a different but equally as humid and vibrant locale to attend medical school at Tulane University, where she earned both an MD and an MPH in epidemiology. While in medical school, she discovered a passion for oncology and biomedical research. She therefore decided to move to Chicago between third and fourth year to conduct a research fellowship at Northwestern focused on melanoma. Although her grandparents were convinced that multiple deferments of her medical degree meant she would never graduate to become the first doctor in the family, her research year further solidified her passion for oncology and gave her a newfound love for genetics and bioinformatics. She therefore couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing genetics-related research being done at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to return to a city and institution that she loves for residency training! Outside of medicine, she loves traveling (she is currently writing this bio from Varanasi, India), reading, running, yoga and spending time outside.
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.
Ruey is a Canadian from Toronto. He received an A.B. in molecular biology and computer science at Princeton University, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Ruey enjoys taekwondo, composing music, and data visualization. A metabolomics enthusiast, he won the National Kidney Foundation's national fellows' research competition in 2017. Being passionate about Asian-American issues, Ruey is currently completing his second elected term as the national president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). He is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society and has been recognized with Vanderbilt's Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Medical Student Leadership Award.
Vik grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and is excited to return to the South for residency. He is a former high school track and cross-country runner but had to bundle up indoors when he attended college at Harvard University. There he majored in human evolutionary biology with a minor in Eeconomics. In college he was involved in the South Asian community and helped plan Model Congress for high school students. After college, he went to the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. While in Philadelphia he discovered new interests in cooking, medical education, and sketch comedy. He has written for and acted in the school’s annual comedy show, Spoof. He is not yet sure where his career in Internal Medicine will take him, but he hopes to work in medical education. He is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt internal medicine team!
Greg was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Living close to the mountains, much of his time was spent hiking, camping, boating, and snow skiing. He had dreams of becoming a professional guitarist, taught lessons during high school and college, and even tried his hand at song composition. When Nashville never came calling, he attended BYU where he studied biology, taught chemistry, and spent two years living abroad in Spain where he became fluent in Spanish- and fluent in all things tapas. He and his wife, Becca, moved to North Carolina for medical school where they quickly fell in love with the southern culture and climate. They spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoy running, hiking, and playing tennis in addition to trying to keep their new baby (Owen) alive. Greg is thrilled to live in Nashville and become part of the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA
Eric hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As he grew up, he enjoyed hanging out with his brothers and friends, eating spicy BBQ, camping, competing at tennis, and playing tons of music. As such, it was already written in the stars that he would someday land in Nashville. He ventured to St. Olaf College, a Christian liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Drawn to its culture of kind, curious people, he became consumed in music, science, and Malt-O-Meal cereal. While he taught CPR classes and worked as an EMT in college, he also studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for five months. There, he polished his Spanish, worked in a public hospital, and taught sex education to impoverished youth. To escape the cold, he attended to the University of Arizona for medical school in Tucson. He conducted cancer research and created a service program that trains health professions students to enroll individuals in health plans. Most importantly, he met his incredibly supportive and loving fiancé, Kelly. Together, they raise their perpetually 7-pound son, Dezmond. Being a Yorkie-Cairn Terrier village dog, he is sure to charm. Eric is so excited to live in Music City with his two best friends and work alongside the most amazing group of residents and faculty that ever lived! Member of AOA.
Luke was born and raised in Columbus, OH and grew up with the dreams of becoming a physician and playing football for THE Ohio State University. Although he has only achieved one of those goals so far, he would like the Vanderbilt athletic department to know he has four years of eligibility remaining. Luke studied biochemistry at THE Ohio State University during undergrad where he met his lovely wife, Jenn, who will be a resident across the street in the pediatrics hospital. Luke attended medical school at Northwestern University, and after experiencing four winters “north of the wall,” he is excited to move to Nashville for the warmer weather. His interests outside of medicine include playing sports, the outdoors, and brewing and drinking craft beer. Luke is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and is currently strategizing ways to eat as much Hot Chicken as possible without gaining too much weight.
Kaele was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, spending most of her free time playing sports. After high school, she moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, majoring in neuroscience and behavioral biology with a minor in global health. She studied abroad in Madagascar on a Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems program, where she found a passion for global health. She continued her love of sports as a goalkeeper on the Emory soccer team (with co-resident Kelly Costopoulos!) and a sprinter on the Emory track and field team. She returned back to the sunny and warm Chicago to attend Rush Medical College, where she spent time volunteering in Chicago's underserved communities and participated on a global health trip to the Dominican Republic. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, triathlons, camping, hiking, live music, and spending time with friends and family. Kaele and her partner Dwayne, a Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine resident, are excited to explore all the food, music, and outdoors that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA
David grew up in Dublin, Ohio, where he spent his childhood reading and building a lifelong group of friends. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology with minors in classics and mathematics. While in Baltimore, David spent his free-time Lion Dancing and urban exploring. He moved down south to Nashville for medical school at Vanderbilt, where the loops of Henle wound their way into David's heart, and he fell in love with Nephrology. In his free time, David enjoys hiking with his partner Bryce, reading Brandon Sanderson novels, exploring the fantastic food scene, and playing board games with his friends.
Christine was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She left the mountain views for the coast of North Carolina to attend college at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. After four years of studying, volunteering at the local free health clinic, dancing on her college dance team, and lounging on Wrightsville Beach, she graduated with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. She then attended medical school at the University of North Carolina where she discovered her two passions: internal medicine and Tar Heel basketball. Her interests include running, reading, playing with dogs, sushi, and working on her Spanish. She is thrilled to be a part of the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.
Steven is from a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois where he worked in local theater and was a member of his high school drumline. He went to the University of Illinois for undergrad where he majored in molecular and cellular biology and minored in English. After that, he took a year off and worked at Abbvie in North Chicago. Deciding he was done with the cold for a while, he moved to Miami, where he attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, studying medicine, medical genomics, and how best to avoid getting sunburned. While there, he enjoyed trips to the beach, Florida Keys, days and nights out with friends, and exploring the south Florida culture. After finishing up school, he decided to head back to the cold (sort of) and moved to Nashville for residency at Vanderbilt. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, heading to the beach to relax or kayak, cooking/baking, and listening to music. Member of AOA.
Colin was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. He studied biochemistry and philosophy at DePauw University where he also enjoyed working in the music department at the campus radio station. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school where he developed an interest in cardiology and spent time researching right heart failure in LVAD patients. He also has a long-standing interest in working with global/underserved populations and values expanding healthcare access. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, rock climbing, and biking. He is excited to explore all of the live music that Nashville has to offer and to be joining the Vanderbilt Community! Member of AOA.
Oregon Health & Science University
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.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
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!
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.
Erica grew up in the foothills of the Sierras in Northern California with her parents and younger brother and sister. Her most treasured childhood memories include sailing on the lake of her family lakehouse, milking goats at her parents’ ranch, helping out in her mother’s Montessori school, and riding horses with her sister. She attended college at the University of San Diego earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in theology and religious studies. With a passion for travel and exploration, she spent a few months after college doing mission work in Ecuador where she furthered her interest in medical missions. She attended medical school in St. Maarten and received a breadth of experiences rotating in multiple training hospitals from the outskirts of London, England to icy Wisconsin. She spent her internship year training in internal medicine at UT Houston prior to transferring to Vanderbilt. Her favorite part of medicine is teaching her patients about their health and she looks forward to implementing education and mentoring into her practice. In her spare time she likes to West Coast swing dance, cook, spend quality time with friends, and work on her ping pong game.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
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.
Resident L-1, Department of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
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.
Tara grew up in Havertown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She traded in an Eagles jersey for a Steelers one when she moved to attend college at the University of Pittsburgh, where she double-majored in Rehabilitation Science and Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Houston to teach middle school science through Teach for America. While in Houston she learned that she loves working in education as well as living somewhere that doesn't require a snow shovel. Not ready to leave the South, she attended the University of North Carolina for medical school. She loved her time as a Tar Heel and especially enjoyed her participation in the Honduran Health Alliance, a student-run women's clinic in Southern Honduras. In her free time, Tara loves running, playing volleyball, making recipes from her favorite food blogs, and checking out local restaurants. Her fiancé, Nick, currently works as a lawyer in Atlanta, and they are looking forward to their wedding in October. Tara is still undecided about her career plans, but she is interested in primary care for under served populations as well as medical education. She can't wait to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community!
Geriatric Medicine Fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine
I am from Perry, Georgia originally. I studied Biology at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and then attended Emory University School of Medicine. I then moved to Nashville for my Internal Medicine Residency. I am in the Geriatric fellowship and have a special interest in Geriatric Gastrointestinal problems. Outside of medicine, I have been married to Amanda Chandler Parnell since 2013. In our free time, we enjoy running, biking, hiking, tubing, and anything that allows us to be outdoors, especially in Tennessee and North Georgia mountains. My wife and I have a Shepherd/Labrador mix named Koda, who we enjoy taking hiking and running with us. We currently live in East Nashville.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
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!
University of California San Francisco
Sub-specialty Interest – Hematology/Oncology
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.
Perelman School of Medicine
Sub-specialty Interest – Hematology/Oncology
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.
Ryan was born and raised in the great state of Texas where his single greatest childhood achievement was arguably rocking the chili-bowl haircut for far too long. It was growing up in the Dallas suburbs where he was spoiled by the success of the 1990’s Dallas Cowboys and now subsequently believes (in vain) that every year they are destined to win another Super Bowl. As a third generation Aggie, Ryan was happily brainwashed since birth to attend college at Texas A&M University where he would major in psychology. As a part of his secondary education, he would stand proudly as a member of the 12th Man, become very involved in community service, and meet his future wife, Brittany. Despite being completely out of his league, Ryan somehow convinced Brittany to marry him in his second year of medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. It was at BCM that Ryan would find a passion for adult congenital heart disease, and he looks forward to having the opportunity to serve this ever-growing population. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing intramural sports, caring way too much about fantasy football, spending time with his wife and dog, Dixie, and being frequently caught at red lights jamming out to music, most likely classic 90’s boy bands. He and his wife are excited to two-step their way from Texas to Tennessee and join the Vanderbilt Med-Peds family! Member of AOA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
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.
University of Florida, Sub-specialty Interest – Hematology. Oncology
Shannon was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where she enjoyed playing basketball and going outside as much as possible. During high school, she developed an interest in oncology after ending her mediocre basketball career in favor of working on a head and neck cancer research project. After attending the University of Florida for college and medical school as part of the combined BS/MD medical honors program, she is excited to venture out from the Sunshine State and experience actual seasons in Tennessee. She continues to have an interest in oncology, most recently researching the genetics of myelodysplastic syndromes. She also has a newfound interest in quality improvement work. Outside of medicine, Shannon enjoys cooking for friends, lifting weights, collecting wine, watching basketball, writing, and playing with her new pet bunny, Muffin. She plans to get ready for intern year by competing in a powerlifting meet and exploring Iceland. She looks forward to meeting her co-residents and joining the Vanderbilt family!