Jonathan Brett Heimlich, MD, PhD
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Brett was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended college at the University of Georgia where he majored in Biology. While there, he discovered his passion for research after studying bacterial respiration in the sea ice of Antarctica, leading him to apply for the MD/PhD program at the Medical College of Georgia. As a PhD student, Brett studied the development of a novel therapeutic approach to sickle cell nephropathy, a severe complication of sickle cell disease. His work in sickle cell encouraged him to pursue a yearlong posdoc as a Fulbright-Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Lilongwe, Malawi where he helped establish the laboratory and clinical infrastructure for the accurate diagnosis and correct treatment of the disease. Brett is thrilled to become part of Vanderbilt via The Harrison Society and plans to complete a Nephrology fellowship. In his spare time, Brett enjoys traveling with his wife Courtney, woodworking, mountain biking, and visiting the park with his dog Filson.