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

Professor of Medicine, Division of 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 Brain Institute and Neuroscience Program

Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty

Professional Highlights

As neuroscientist, she 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.

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.

In the News

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Research Keywords

aging, age-related, inflammation, innate immunity, autophagy, mitophagy, mitochondria, neuroscience, Parvalbumin inhibitory neurons, glutamate receptors, neurodegenerative diseases, fullerenes, PET imaging, interleukin-6, Stat3, confocal fluorescence microscopy, EPR, cell culture, in vivo.

Postgraduate Training


California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus


Stanford University

Office Address:
2147 Belcourt Ave., Room / Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37212


MD- Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
SB- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts