Narender Annapureddy, M.D.

Narender Annapureddy

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Rheumatology Training Program
Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Phone: (615) 322-4746
Fax: (615) 322-6248


Dear Colleague:

Thank you for your interest in the Rheumatology Training Program here at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We are excited about the opportunities we provide for training with have the flexibility to accommodate multiple career choices based on superb clinical training.  

Our program uses three clinical sites offering a wide diversity of patients: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Veterans Administration, and the Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital. We have active clinical research programs evaluating patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory myositis. In addition, our basic science researchers have been investigating basic lymphocyte biology in autoimmunity; pathways of angiogenesis and vasculogenesis and gene expression profiling of those patients with autoimmunity.

The collegial work and educational environment within the Division and the University as a whole is a major strength, and our commitment as a faculty is to provide an environment optimizing opportunities for development of the trainee into a rheumatologist who is continually curious about patients, basic science principles, pathophysiology and evidence-based medicine.

Research is an integral part of the Vanderbilt Rheumatology training program and all Fellows undertake some research. The goals of the research component of our Fellowship training are broad and flexible according to the skills and needs of individual trainees, but include the following: to obtain an understanding of the scientific principles underlying research including: research of background information, proposal of a hypothesis, design of an experiment, ethical/animal care responsibilities, scientific integrity, performance of an experiment, data organization and storage, data analysis and presentation of results, through performing mentored, hands-on research.

Please refer to the information below which outlines the list of documents required as part of the ERAS application to our program. For further questions, please contact the office at 615-322-4746.

As faculty, we are committed to optimally teach and mentor our trainees as the next generation of rheumatologist. Our Division wishes you success with your application.


We utilize the Electronic Residence Application Service (ERAS) for all applications.

Documents that are required are:

  1. Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three letters of reference (one of which should be from the Residency Training Director)
  4. Dean’s Letter (from ERAS application to residency training)
  5. Medical School Transcript
  6. ECFMG Status Report, if applicable
  7. USMLE Transcript or COMLEX transcript, if applicable
  8. Photo (not required, but very helpful)

We strongly consider all applications and have usually offered interviews to applicants with J-1 and H1-B visas each year. 

Application for Training

Residents can find out more about ERAS Fellowships through the AAMC and can begin working on their fellowship applications. Website:

Although Rheumatology is coordinating its use of ERAS and the match, and both are run through the AAMC, registration for the two is separate.

Please refer any questions you have about this to the internal medicine subspecialties National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) called the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP). Website: 

Vanderbilt RH Fellowship Contact

Jasmyne Mitchell

Phone: (615) 936-5747


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