Professor of Medicine
Geriatric Medicine

Abram C. Shmerling, MD Chair in Alzheimer's and Geriatric Medicine

Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit, 7 Round Wing

VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)

Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS), Center for Critical Illness

Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging

Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Neuroscience Program

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty

Professional Bio

Laura L. Dugan, MD, is a Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

As neuroscientist, Dr. Dugan brings a robust research program studying the cellular mechanisms of nerves and neuronal injury in the brain, and the role of inflammation in the aging brain and in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Dugan was attracted to Vanderbilt because of its sterling neurosciences research reputation and strong clinical and research geriatrics program. Combined with Vanderbilt’s strength in genetics, bioinformatics and personalized medicine, she sees great things ahead in the institution’s contributions to geriatric medicine.


MA - Life Sciences - MIT - 1981
MD - Ohio State - 1987
Residency - Chief, IM - Univ of California Child Hosp - 1990
Residency - IM - Univ of California Child Hosp - 1990
Fellowship - Geriatric Med - Stanford - 1992
Fellowship - Hartfored post-doc - Stanford - 1993
Fellowship - Dana Research Fellowship, Geriatric - Stanford - 1993