Associate Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Public Health

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Chief, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Section

Professional Bio

William Heerman, MD MPH is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is chief of the section of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Heerman’s research focuses on improving maternal-child health outcomes related to obesity in communities by developing and implementing behavioral interventions. His primary focus is on conducting pragmatic clinical trials in community settings using cutting-edge implementation science methods.

He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He is the principal investigator on multiple randomized trials of obesity interventions funded by the NIH and PCORI. A key component of Dr. Heerman’s research is engaging community members throughout all aspects of research. He is the director of the Nashville Collaborative, an academic-community partnership with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation, the Nashville Public Library, and multiple other community organizations dedicated to improving child health in the community.


MD - Vanderbilt University - 2008
Residency - IM - VUMC - 2012
MPH - VUMC - 2014