Assistant Professor of Medicine
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Professional Bio

V. Eric Kerchberger, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Kerchberger earned his baccalaureate degree from Yale University in chemistry. He then entered medical school at Emory University, completing his MD degree in 2012. He did his internship and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center) and immediately entered the fellowship program at Vanderbilt in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He then earned a master's degree at Vanderbilt University in biomedical informatics. Upon completion of his fellowship, he began his current role as Instructor in Medicine on the Vanderbilt faculty.
Dr. Kerchberger is actively engaged in clinical and translational research, with a focus on using large electronic health record databases for critical illness phenotyping and to study the role of genetic variation in critical illness syndromes, including the acute respiratory distress syndrome. His research reaches across multiple disciplines and has fostered collaborative efforts with faculty in the Department of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute.

Dr. Kerchberger has consistently demonstrated a passion for teaching during his clinical fellowship. He received the Hugh Jackson Morgan Teaching Award for Best Fellow Teacher during his first year of fellowship training in recognition of his commitment to teaching from the internal medicine residency program. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Dr. Kerchberger's recent Honors and Awards include:

  • 06/2016 Hugh Jackson Morgan Teaching Award for Best Resident Teacher, VUMC
  • 07/2017 - 08/18 B.H. Robbins Scholar, VUMC Department of Anesthesiology
  • 05/2019 American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship – Assembly on Critical Care
  • 10/2019 Reviewers' Choice Abstract Award – American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting.
  • 09/2020 American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship – Assembly on Critical Care.

    For appointments and other clinical information, please see Dr. Kerchberger's Clinical Provider Profile.



    MD - Emory University School of Medicine - 2012
    Internship - & Residency Internal Medicine - New York Presbyterian Hospital - 2015
    Fellowship - Pulmonary - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2020