Office Address:
2A-225 VAMC, Nashville Veterans Hospital, Nashville, TN 37212

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Professor and Chief, Department of Medicine

Previous Role/Title
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine Associate Program Director, Residency Program in Internal Medicine Chief, Medical Service, VA TN Valley Health Care System


MD - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
BS - Biochemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Postgraduate Training

Residency in Internal Medicine – Vanderbilt University
Fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine – Vanderbilt University

Clinical Interest

Dr. Christman currently cares for patients at the VA TN Valley Health Care System (adjacent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center) in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  He sees patients and teaches in the Medical ICU, on the Pulmonary Consultation Service, in the Pulmonary Clinic and serves as an Inpatient Medicine Ward Attending Physician.  He has broad clinical interests in asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, ARDS, mechanical ventilation, sepsis and pulmonary vascular disease.
Research Keywords
Role of urea/nitric oxide synthase cycle during inflammation and acute lung injury
Research Description
Dr. Christman has been involved in both basic and clinical-translational research for many years with support from NHLBI, NCI, ALA, and the Francis Family Foundation. He served as Chair of Research Committee C for the American Lung Association from 2003-2020 and continues to facilitate research by fellows and faculty within the medical center.