Schools of Medicine and Nursing Faculty

Schools of Medicine and Nursing Faculty

Adriana Bialostozky (email)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Physician (M.D., UNAM, Mexico).  Mexico; Comparative health in immigrant communities.

John Brock III (email)
Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Urologic Surgery; Director of Pediatric Urology; Monroe Carell Jr. Professor and Surgeon-in-Chief, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (M.D., Medical College of Georgia).  Pediatric urology, reconstructive surgery, antenatal hydronephrosis, and bladder exstrophy; leads medical teams to Moore Center for Pediatric Surgery in Guatemala.

Kathryn L. Carlson(email)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., Washington University School of Medicine).  General pediatrics; vaccine research in Latin America, Spanish language clinic at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital.

Ellen Clayton (email)
Professor of Pediatrics; Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy; Professor of Law; Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. (M.D. Harvard; J.D. Yale). Ellen Wright Clayton is an internationally respected leader in the field of law and genetics who holds appointments in both the law and medical schools at Vanderbilt, where she also co-founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

Pelayo Correa (email)
Professor of Medicine; Anne Potter Wilson Chair in Medicine; and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (M.D., Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia).  Dr. Correa studies pathology and epidemiology of gastric cancer and pre-malignant lesions; longitudinal studies of gastric cancer in Colombian populations.

Neerav Desai (email)Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., University of Tennessee).  Adolescent Medicine; leader of Nicaragua Global Health course.

Quentin Eichbaum (email)
Associate Professor; Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine, Assistant Dean for Program Development; Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration (M.D., Harvard).  Developing Central American immersion course for medical students.

Carol Etherington (email)                                                       Associate Director of Community Health Initiatives, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University Center for Health, Medicine, and Society (M.S.N., Vanderbilt University).  Past President, USA Board of Doctors Without Borders; has led nursing students to Guatemala through Project Pyramid; work on community health among immigrant populations in Nashville.

Lindy Fenlason (email)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine).  General Pediatrics; nutrition; leader of Nicaragua Global Health course.

Oscar Gomez (email)Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., National University of Colombia School of Medicine, Colombia; Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine).  Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Carlos Grijalva (email)
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine-Health Policy (Division of Pharmacoepidemiology) and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt’s Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) research center (M.D., Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga, Peru).  Studies viral respiratory infections and the interaction between respiratory viruses and bacteria among children in the Peruvian Andes, effectiveness of different medication and vaccination protocols in preventing illness in global settings.

Doug Heimburger (email)
Professor of Medicine; Associate Director of Vanderbilt Institute for Global (M.D., Vanderbilt).  Health education and training; nutrition; working with CLAS to develop Central American medical immersion course.

Elizabeth Heitman (email)
Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Ph.D., Rice University).  Immigrant Communities; medical ethics in Latin America, particularly Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Peter R. Martin (email)
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology; Director, Addiction Center; Director, Division of Addiction Medicine; Director, Institute for Coffee Studies, Medical School (M.Sc., University of Toronto;  M.D., McGill University).  Addictions; coffee studies.

Douglas Morgan (email)
Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (M.D., Case Western Reserve University).  Cancer epidemiology and prevention in Hispanic-Latino populations; current research on antibiotic treatments for H. pylori and gastric cancer in Central America (Honduras and Nicaragua).

Thomas Morgan (email)                                                         Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., Boston University).  Pediatric Health; Genetics of Complex Diseases; DNA Microarray Technology; Brazil.

Gina M. Perez (email)
Research Projects Manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University).  Current interests: Immigrant community in health care and clinical research, from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern European populations.

Fernando Polack (email)
Cesar Milstein Professor of Pediatrics (M.D., University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine).  Infectious diseases; leader in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) research worldwide; leads Vanderbilt’s research with INFANT Foundation in Argentina.  Recently elected as AAAS fellow for seminal research in respiratory virus pathogenesis and immunity, and for leadership of large-scale translation of basic science knowledge into public health interventions in international settings.   

Mavis Schorn (email)
Senior Associate Dean for Academics; Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Kentucky).  Midwifery; has led nursing students to Guatemala through Project Pyramid.

Timothy Sterling (email)
David Rogers Professor of Medicine and Director of the Vanderbilt Tuberculosis Center.  Treatment and prevention of tuberculosis and HIV in Peru, Brazil and other parts of Latin America and the world through participation in the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium; member of the Caribbean, Central, and South American network for HIV epidemiology (CCASAnet) and of the Regional Prospectives Observational Research for TB – Brazil (RePORT – Brazil).

Sten Vermund (email)
Director, VU Institute for Global Health; Amos Christie Chair in Global Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine. Medical School (M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ph.D., Columbia University).  Diseases of poverty, tropical climes and health disparities.

Carol Ziegler (email)
Assistant Professor of Nursing (D.N.P.).  Promoting Vanderbilt Nursing student
exchanges to Latin America.



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