Instructor in Medicine and Chief Resident of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Hometown
Lexington, KY
College
Centre College
Career Plans
Med-Peds, Medical Education
Medical School
MD - University of Kentucky, Kexingotn
Brief Bio

Catherine was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and stayed close to home for college, attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While at Centre she majored in biochemistry & molecular biology. Catherine returned to Lexington to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky. While at UK she developed an interest in medical education and is passionate about wellness for physicians and physicians-in-training. Outside of medicine, Catherine enjoys hiking (and most other outdoor activities), spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her pup, Cooper. She is looking forward to exploring both the Tennessee parks and all that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.

Hometown
Houston, TX
Career Plans
Critical Care, Cardiology, Medical Ethics
Brief Bio
Anna was born and raised in Houston, TX and attended college at Baylor University (Sic ‘Em!) where she studied Biology and was involved in the Medical Humanities program. Through these studies, she developed a rich appreciation for the interdisciplinary and vocational nature of medical practice that galvanized her decision to pursue medicine. As a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, she developed an interest in the research and clinical care of critically ill patients with complex congenital heart disease across the age spectrum. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, Anna studied at Duke University’s Divinity School as a Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellow while earning a Master of Theological Studies degree with a focus in Ethics. To further supplement these interests, she also pursued the Ethics Pathway through the BCM Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running, reading, hiking, and scoping out the best local coffee shops. She is elated to be joining the Vanderbilt family as a Med-Peds resident and cannot wait to make Nashville home!
Hometown
Queens, NY
Career Plans
Medical Education; Transitions of care for adolescents with special healthcare needs
Brief Bio
Lauren was born and raised in Queens, New York. While she never had any siblings, she grew up with her cat, five birds, fish, hamsters—the list goes on. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate studies in psychology, and it was there she first developed her passion for ballroom dancing (a shock to her parents) and medicine (an even bigger shock). Returning closer to home, Lauren attended Stony Brook School of Medicine and concurrently obtained her Masters in Medical Humanities. Her academic interests include medical education and transitions of care for adolescents with special health care needs. Outside of work, Lauren loves her new reptile Chaqua, photography, playing board games, hiking, skiing, swimming, and trying new things!
Hometown
Chapel Hill, NC
Career Plans
Genetics, Combined Rheumatology, Long-term survivorship
Brief Bio
Sammi was born in Mumbai, India and lived in Hong Kong until 2000 when her family moved to Boston. After two years, they fled the cold to the sunny south and she has been in North Carolina ever since. She hopped from high school in Chapel Hill to college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and then to medical school at Duke University in Durham- completing her tour of the Triangle. Through her clinical research in metabolic genetic diseases she discovered her interest in supporting long-term survivors of pediatric illness through adolescence and adulthood. In her free time, she enjoys baking (macarons specifically), figure skating, thrift shopping, and perusing Netflix without ever successfully committing to something to watch. She is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt community and explore a brand-new city!
Hometown
Dodge Center, MN
Career Plans
Undecided
Brief Bio
Charlie grew up trying to keep up with his four older siblings in the small town of Dodge Center in southern Minnesota. He gave up small-town living for the “big” city of Omaha, Nebraska to further his education. Charlie received his bachelor’s degree in Biology, a minor in Art History, and his medical degree from Creighton University. As a medical student, Charlie developed interests in primary care, working with underserved populations, and infectious diseases. In his free time, Charlie enjoys playing basketball and watching nearly all sports (but especially the Creighton Bluejays and Minnesota Twins), playing board games, listening to podcasts, and reading. Charlie is marrying his college sweetheart this summer, and they are both excited to move to Nashville with their little dog, Lola!
Hometown
Atlanta, GA
Career Plans
Cardiology, Pulmonology/Critical Care
Brief Bio
Kathryn was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Indiana in middle school. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington (go Hoosiers!) and spent a year getting people drunk for science through an IV (neurology research) before heading to IUSM for her MD/MPH. Kathryn is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt Med/Peds program and move to Nashville. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, traveling, baking, biking and playing with her adorable dog Scout.
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Career Plans
Global Health, Underserved Medicine, Medical Education
Brief Bio
Ruth was born in Michigan but moved at the age of five to San Diego where she grew up as the oldest of four and a lover of sunshine and TJ (Tijuana, MX) street tacos. For college, she embarked on an East Coast adventure studying biology and neuroscience with a minor in Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh, where she found her passion for community service and social justice. After graduation, she joined Teach for America and taught high school biology for two years in the underserved communities of Las Vegas, NV while concurrently earning her Master's degree in education at UNLV. The health disparities she witnessed during her time as a teacher motivated her to apply for medical school, which she attended back in her hometown at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. During medical school, she discovered her love of medicine and pediatrics and is now excited to start her Med-Peds journey at Vanderbilt, which she hopes will lead to a future career in global health and underserved medicine. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys rock climbing, non-pandemic international traveling, and surfing (poorly), and is excited to diversify her outdoor hobbies with all that Nashville and the Southeast has to offer.
Hometown
Richmond, VA
College
University of Virginia
Career Plans
Hematology/Oncology, Medical Education
Medical School
Wake Forest
Brief Bio
Marina was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but grew up in Richmond, Virginia with her parents and younger brother, Paul. She has had nontraditional mascots at every level of her training--first a Cavalier, then a Demon Deacon, and finally, a Commodore! She attended the University of Virginia where she majored in Biomedical Engineering before moving down to Wake Forest for medical school. During medical school, she decided to pursue Internal Medicine-Pediatrics as a path to caring for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors. Her other academic interests include medical education and social determinants of health. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with baking, eating her way through new cities, day hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and church community. She also loves rooting for her Pittsburgh Steelers and UVA basketball (WAHOOWA!). She is incredibly excited to join the Vanderbilt family and become a part of the Nashville community!
Hometown
Versailles, KY
College
Tulane University
Career Plans
Med-Peds/Primary Care, Hospital Medicine, Medical Education, Community Health
Medical School
University of Kentucky
Brief Bio
Trent grew up in Versailles, KY, just 4184 miles from the Palace of Versailles. He attended Tulane University where he consumed excessive amounts of crawfish and occasionally studied neuroscience, Spanish, and film studies. After college, Trent joined Teach for America Appalachia, moved to the mountains of Kentucky, and succeeded in setting off the fire alarm three times while teaching chemistry and physics. Trent then returned to New Orleans, studied pharmacology at Tulane and taught environmental science at an accelerated high school. Many crawfish later, Trent migrated to his home state to attend medical school. At the University of Kentucky, Trent recognized his desire to care for all ages and populations and quickly discovered the Med-Peds community. He also became interested in medical education and best practices for cultivating community and fostering wellness during medical school. In his spare time, Trent enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and watching too many movies. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Amherst, OH
College
Carnegie Mellon University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Ohio State University
Brief Bio
Nina grew up in northeastern Ohio on her family farm, where she discovered her love for food and the outdoors. She attended Carnegie Mellon University for her undergraduate education, majoring in biology and psychology - all the while running up and down the Pittsburgh hills as a member of the women’s cross country & track teams. She then returned to the Buckeye State to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine. As a medical student, she loved both pediatric and adult medicine, and working with underserved populations. In her free time, Nina enjoys running, hiking, crafting, and cooking and is so thrilled to explore all that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Clarksville, TN
College
Belmont University
Career Plans
Academic Medicine
Medical School
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Brief Bio
Justin grew up not far from Nashville in his hometown of Clarksville, TN. He decided to travel down the road to attend college here in Nashville at Belmont University where he majored in Biology. During his time at Belmont, Justin spent a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews and performed research involving Acinetobacter baumannii in the lab of Dr. Eric Skaar here at Vanderbilt. After graduating from Belmont, he spent a year working as an anesthesia technician before beginning medical school at UTHSC in Memphis, TN. Outside of medicine Justin enjoys reading, brewing beer, baking bread, and spending time with his wonderful wife Sydney and their dogs Chewie and Luna. He is ecstatic to be returning to Nashville and joining Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
Hometown
New Albany, IN
College
Indiana Univeristy
Career Plans
Gastroenterology, Transitions of Care, Complex Chronic Diseases
Medical School
Indiana University
Brief Bio
Tom was born in Durham, NC, but was raised in southern Indiana where he became an avid Hoosiers fan. Despite what he felt was a promising career in basketball, he was abruptly cut from his elementary school ball club and decided to pursue a medical degree instead. He spent his four years of undergraduate education in Bloomington, Indiana where he majored in Biology and minored in Psychiatry. Tom spent the first half of medical school in Evansville, Indiana where he met his anatomy lab partner and future wife Maria. They later moved to Indianapolis to finish their education. Tom and Maria (Pediatrics) endured the couples match and were humbled to learn that they would both continue their training at Vanderbilt! They are excited to get to work with their new colleagues while hopefully saving some time to explore the parks, breweries, restaurants, and all the other perks of living in the Music City. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Jackson, MS
College
Mississippi State University
Career Plans
Med-Peds, Hematology/Oncology, Critical Care, Medical Education
Medical School
University of Mississippi
Brief Bio
Zack was born and raised with his two younger brothers in the suburbs of Jackson, MS, and dreamed of becoming a doctor ever since he was in junior high. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University. While at Mississippi State, Zack and a team of fellow classmates researched and built a successful prototype for an automated blood typing device and later formed an LLC to explore further uses for the technology they developed. Also while in college, Zack was very involved with the MSU Roadrunners student recruiting organization and spent a summer abroad in France, which further fueled his love of world travel. He returned to Jackson for medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he learned he had a love for all patients young and old, ultimately leading him to pursue a career in Med-Peds. While at UMMC, Zack served on the Associated Student Body and developed an interest in medical education through tutoring other students. In addition to his passion for medicine, Zack also has a great love for the performing arts, having worked as a choreographer for numerous show choirs and theater productions. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, going to shows and concerts, grabbing dinner and drinks at new restaurants, exercising and doing yoga, and spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Sadie. Zack could not be more thrilled to begin his training at Vanderbilt and looks forward to a new adventure in Nashville! Member of AOA.
Hometown
Tampa, FL
College
University of South Florida
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
MD - University of South Florida
Brief Bio
Toaa was born in New York, but mostly grew up in Tampa, Florida, where her parents moved to escape the cold. She stayed in Tampa for both undergrad and medical school where she developed a passion for healthcare disparities, global health, and both internal medicine and pediatrics! In her free time she enjoys traveling around the world and trying new foods, hiking, yoga, and photography. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community!
Hometown
Anderson, SC
College
Furman University
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Brief Bio
Originally hailing from Lebanon, Ahmad grew up in Greenville, South Carolina surrounded by the Appalachian mountains. He went to Furman University for his undergraduate degree getting a B.S. in Chemistry and Philosophy (he loves getting into philosophical debates, like does free will even exist?). Taking some time off from school, Ahmad went back home to Lebanon where he worked at the Cerebral Palsy Center before moving back to the States where he became an ABA certified therapist for children with Autism and an EMT. His experiences as an EMT, therapist, and aid at the cerebral palsy center led to his love for medicine. Ahmad’s main interests are in global medicine, particularly disaster response and refugee medicine. Outside of healthcare Ahmad enjoys most outdoor sports (particularly hiking and mountain biking), playing drums, traveling, eating shawarma, and bothering his sister and brother. He’s excited to begin his residency at Vanderbilt and discover Nashville!
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
College
University of North Carolina
Career Plans
Critical Care, Congenital Heart Disease, Hospitalist Medicine, Medical Education
Medical School
MD - University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
Ned grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He realized his future would entail significant schooling when he was encouraged to enroll in kindergarten…for a second time. After mastering his developmental milestones, he went on to receive a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. He returned to UNC for medical school and to see the Tar Heels march to a sixth national championship. While in medical school, he put his Spanish major to use and traveled twice to Honduras with UNC’s Honduran Health Alliance where he developed an affinity for both international medicine and gastrointestinal pathogens. In his free time, Ned enjoys running, skiing, attempting to cook, and flying his (now 2 year old) drone. He has really enjoyed exploring Nashville thus far, especially the Warner Parks, various breweries, and strong WiFi areas amenable to Zoom meetings. In true Med-Peds fashion, Ned is still undecided on the specifics of his future career. He is interested in transitional care for children and families affected by chronic illness, global health, and medical education.
Hometown
Worthington, OH
College
Vanderbilt
Career Plans
Combined Med-Peds Primary Care, Medical Education
Medical School
MD - Ohio State
Brief Bio
Sam is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry and history at Vanderbilt. He then returned home to THE Ohio State University for medical school, where he was voted by his peers as the “Biggest Buckeye Fan” in his graduating class. At OSU he discovered his love of outpatient Med-Peds and preventative care. In his free time, Sam enjoys sports, traveling, playing chess, cooking, and running. Since returning to Nashville, he has enjoyed connecting with new and old friends. He has also frequented Radnor Lake and many of the other amazing parks in Middle Tennessee.
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
College
MD - North Carolina State University
Career Plans
Quality Improvement, Complex Care, Community Health, Med-Peds
Medical School
MD - University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
Joseph grew up in Charlotte, NC, but spent much of his life in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for high school, college, and medical school. During his undergraduate years at NC State University, he majored in chemical engineering, and worked in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing plants where his fear of heights was really tested when he looked down at 40 foot reactors through metal grating. He also volunteered as an after-school mentor for middle and high school students. While in medical school at UNC, Joseph managed to maintain his original ACC basketball loyalty to NC State, while applying some of his engineering background to quality improvement projects. As part of the medical school’s Charlotte campus, he also volunteered with a pipeline program which introduced high school students in Charlotte to health professions careers. He enjoys traveling, eating his way around places he visits, running, and learning guitar, and is excited to explore all that Nashville and Middle Tennessee have to offer!
Hometown
Lexington, SC
College
Hendrix College
Career Plans
Combined Adult/Pediatric Hospitalist
Medical School
MD - University of Florida
Brief Bio
Laura spent most of her childhood in South Carolina where she enjoyed summers swimming at the lake or hiking in the NC mountains with her family. With a love of the outdoors, she went off to Arkansas for college where she was a member of the women’s swim team and studied Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Religion. During college, she also spent two summers doing Alzheimer’s research at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where she realized her interest in medicine and decided to stay in the Sunshine State for medical school at the University of Florida. She focused on sustainability, health equity, global health, and also fell in love with SEC sports. Outside the hospital, you can find her buying more plants, heading out for a run, biking or paddling with her awesome fiancé Dillon, or hanging out with her Vandy Family. Nashville feels like home now and she can't wait to keep checking off all of the awesome waterfall hikes on her Tennessee bucket list. Member of AOA.
Hometown
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
College
University of Chicago
Career Plans
Undecided
Medical School
University of Massachusetts
Brief Bio
Preetam was raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, where he majored in biology and minored in philosophy. After graduating, he spent one year working with NGOs in Pune, India to develop and lead a malnutrition project in the city’s slum communities. He attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he discovered a love for the care of adults and children. He has a passion for medical ethics, global health, international development, and the intersection between medicine, research, and public policy. His other interests include the arts, philosophy and comparative religion.
Hometown
Durham, North Carolina
College
Duke University
Career Plans
Palliative Care, Bioethics
Medical School
University of North Carolina
Brief Bio
Ben Frush was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University where he studied psychology before matriculating to the University of North Carolina for medical school, where he remained an unapologetic Duke basketball fan. In between his third and fourth years of medical school, Ben spent a year at Duke Divinity School where he was a fellow in the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship there. He is interested in bioethics, specifically how both theology and moral philosophy can inform current conversations involving disability, moral formation in medicine, and end-of-life care. In his free time, Ben enjoys pickup basketball, Pittsburgh Steelers football, re-watching episodes of The Office ad nauseam, and figuring out how to spend time with other people’s dogs until he breaks down and gets his own
Hometown
Tampa, FL
College
University of Florida
Career Plans
Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Medical School
Yale
Brief Bio

Rachel was born and raised in Tampa, FL, where she spent much of her free time playing volleyball, scuba diving or on the beach. She attended the University of Florida for undergrad where she majored in biochemistry and nutrition, developing her passion for medicine in between tailgating Gator football games. Rachel went to Yale for medical school, where she decided to pursue Med-Peds after becoming interested in caring for both adults and kids with congenital heart disease. After her short stint in the northeast, Rachel was excited to move back to warmer weather for residency. Outside of the hospital, Rachel spends her time hiking near Chattanooga, sailing on Percy Priest, listening to live music and exploring new restaurants around Nashville.

Hometown
Virginia Beach, Virginia
College
Wheaton College
Career Plans
Med-Peds Hospitalist, Medical Education, Global Health
Medical School
University of Illinois
Brief Bio
Jon was born in Virginia Beach, VA, as first generation immigrant. His family has always had an international flair, with his Dutch father, Kenyan stepmother, and Lebanese wife. Jon spent his childhood planning to become president of the United States but decided that politics was not for him after working as an aide in the state capitol during early high school. Thankfully, he switched to medicine and has never looked back. Before pursuing an undergraduate degree, he volunteered for a non-profit organization doing community development in Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Later, he earned his Bachelors of Science in chemistry at Wheaton College, where he also met his wife, Olivia. Following his undergraduate education, he worked for one year in the chemical industry (where he literally had to watch paint dry as part of his job description). He then attended medical school at University of Illinois and discovered Med-Peds. Jon and Olivia are both passionate about global health and correcting health disparities in developing countries. Specifically, Jon would like to build residency programs in developing countries in order to contribute to a self-sustaining global physician workforce. When Jon is not learning medicine you might find him running a 5k, reading the Economist or a book on space exploration, cooking ethnic Lebanese food with his wife, or enjoying a glass of Californian cabernet sauvignon or Italian barbera. Since arriving in Nashville, Jon and Olivia have added Lola (4 year old Great Pyrenees) and Cosette (newborn daughter) to their family.

Vanderbilt University

Hometown
Princeton, NJ
College
University of Pennsylvania
Career Plans
Med/Peds Hematology/Oncology, MedEd
Medical School
Vanderbilt
Brief Bio
Though technically a southerner by birth, Ashley is an East Coaster at heart. In college, she fell in love with the City of Brotherly Love, but after blowing through two pairs of snow boots during the polar vortex of 2014, she decided life is too short for cold weather. She headed back down south for medical school at Vanderbilt. Bachelorette parties aside, she is proud to be a Nashvillian. In her spare time, she and her fiancé Seth love hanging out with their kitty cat, cooking, gardening (ask her about the 10 varieties of heirloom tomatoes she planted this year!), going on hikes, road tripping to Asheville, and eating as much hot chicken as possible.