Professor of Medicine
Nephrology and Hypertension

Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Roy Zent, MD, PhD, is the Vice Chairman for Research of the Department of Medicine and the Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also the division chief of Nephrology at the Tennessee Valley Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Dr. Zent practices both general medicine and nephrology in the inpatient and outpatient settings and has an interest in glomerular disease. He has a research laboratory that focuses on understanding how cells interact with their extracellular matrix, utilizing in vitro and in vivo models, and his techniques range from biophysical studies to making transgenic mice.

Dr Zent is widely published in top-tier journals and is well funded by both the National Institute of Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs. He has published over 175 peer reviewed papers. Dr. Zent is currently an editor for the Journal Matrix Biology and serves on multiple editorial boards. He is a reviewer on numerous national and international study sections and advisory boards.  


Residency - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Fellowship - Research - The Scripps Research Institute
MD - University of Cape Town - 1992
Fellowship - Toronto Hospital - 1993
PhD - University of Toronto - 1997
Fellowship - Nephrology - University of Toronto - 1997