The fellowship program at Vanderbilt University in the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology includes twelve faculty members and an additional eight practicing Rheumatologists in Nashville. Many of these Rheumatologists have extensive research experience and are outstanding teachers. Rheumatology clinics are ongoing each day of the week at Vanderbilt as well as many days at the adjacent Veterans Administration

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.

The clinical component of the Rheumatology Fellowship program is directed by Dr. Narender Annapureddy, and the research component of the Fellowship is directed by Dr. C. Michael Stein. Fellows work with their chosen mentor on individual projects. A wide range of research opportunities drawing on expertise and active research programs, both within and outside the Division, are available including both basic and clinical sciences.



Research Interest

N. Annapureddy »

  Quality improvement in Rheumatology on osteoporosis screening in men on glucocorticoids, role of urgent care clinics in academic rheumatology practices, and development of musculoskeletal workshops for resident education.
T. Aune »                                  

Molecular mechanisms of regulating T cell differentiation.
Microarray analysis in RA patients.

A. Barnado »   Diagnosing and therapy of rheumatic diseases.
M. Boothby »  

Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and transcription factor regulation of survival, differentiation, and proliferation. 

D. Brantley-Sieders »  

Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Tumor Cell-Endothelial Cell Communication.

J. Chen »  

Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis.

C. Chung »  

Atherosclerosis in RA and SLE Pharmacoepidemiology.

L. Crofford »   Inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, is a systemic disease causing pain, fatigue, disability, and early mortality.
A. Major »   Understanding of how the immune system modulates atherosclerosis, and how dyslipidema and the atherosclerotic environment influence normal immune function.
M. Ormseth »   Underlying cause of the increased cardiovascular risk.
K. Phillips »   Improving the outcomes of patients with arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.
M. Stein »  

Oxidative stress and atherosclerosis in RA and SLE.

J. Thomas »  

Molecular mechanism of regulating immune recognition by MHC, immunoglobulin, and T cell receptor loci. FGF signaling and RA.


The fellowship program provides a firm foundation in clinical Rheumatology. Individuals who have completed fellowship activities at Vanderbilt have gone on to successful careers in academic medicine or private practice.

Application for Training

Residents can find out more about ERAS Fellowships through the AAMC web site: can begin working on their fellowship applications now. 

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 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) web site - A point of clarification: internal medicine subspecialties participate in the match through a subsection of the NRMP called the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP). Rheumatology is listed under the MSMP subheader whenever you see a "participating fellowships" listing.

Contact Us

For questions about training in Rheumatology & Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, you may contact us at the address and fax number given below:

Narender Annapureddy, M.D.

Dr. Narender Annapureddy, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Acting Director, Rheumatology Training Program
Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Phone:(615) 322-4746
Fax:(615) 322-6248