Assistant Professor of Medicine
Nephrology and Hypertension

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Professional Bio

Devika Nair, MD, MSCI, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Her research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis and determinants of frailty and symptom burden among chronologically and physiologically older adults with chronic kidney disease. She aims to improve health outcomes in this group through multi-level (individual, health systems, community-based), multi-component behavioral interventions and models of care delivery. She is currently supported by a NIDDK K23 career development award.

Dr. Nair also works to enhance the quality of serious illness communication between older adults with kidney disease and their nephrologists. She is actively involved in an institution-wide initiative to improve the quality and timeliness of serious illness conversations across subspecialty populations and facilitates a serious illness communication skills elective for nephrology trainees in partnership with her palliative medicine colleagues.


MA - Medical Sciences/Pharmacology - Boston University - 2008
MD - Tulane University - 2012
Internship - Internal Medicine - Tulane University - 2013
Residency - Internal Medicine - Tulane University - 2015
Residency - Chief Resident - Tulane University - 2016
Fellowship - Nephrology-Clinical - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2017
MSCI - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - 2019
Fellowship - Nephrology-Postdoc - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2019