Program Overview

Autonomics Fellowship Program Overview

The Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center (ADC) was established in 1978 as the first international center for patient care, research, and training with a focus on the autonomic nervous system. The staff of the ADC continue to research autonomic dysfunction and work to discover the most evidence-based therapies to treat those symptoms. Our Clinical Research Infrastructure has an operating budget of 3 million dollars per year and we have had continuous NIH funding for the past 30 years. Our breakthrough discoveries are listed on our home page under "Our History".

The clinical fellow will be engaged in education, clinical and laboratory practice, as well as research. We have a large, diverse spectrum of patients with autonomic disorders, ranging from the most common and mild to the rarest and most disabling one.

We have a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of faculties from different specialties (neurology, autonomic disorders, cardiology, and geriatrics) dedicated to the care of patients with Autonomic Disorders. The fellow will rotate with all the faculty members in clinic and in the laboratory in order to have the broadest exposure. They will have the opportunity to interact with other neurological subspecialties (such as neuromuscular, movement disorders, and autoimmune neurology) with whom we often share complex cases. They will also interact with all the other medical specialties (cardiology, geriatrics) that refer patients to us.

Our clinic has the largest volume of patients than any other center, guaranteeing a very extensive experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in research projects and they will be encouraged to do so and present their results at national and/or international meetings.

During your fellowship, you will:

  • Participate in the clinical assessment and management of patients with a wide variety of autonomic disorders.
  • Participate in the assessment and interpretation of the studies performed in the Autonomic Function Testing Laboratory and Neuro-hormonal assessment.
  • Have the opportunity to engage in Clinical Research in Autonomic Disorders under a structured mentorship program.
  • Elective rotation in Hypertension, Cardiology, and Neurology (Movement Disorder, Neuromuscular Disorder Clinic).
  • Attend weekly departmental conferences and scheduled didactic activities.

What is unique to our fellowship program?

  • Strong clinical and research mentorship program from leaders in the field of Autonomic Disorders.
  • Multidisciplinary team of clinical educators and physician-scientists dedicated to the care of patients with autonomic disorder.
  • Exposure to broad range of pathologies that affect the autonomic nervous system in the outpatient and inpatient setting.
  • Support to pursue scholarly activities such as conference and meeting attendance.
  • Possible pathway to faculty in one of the top academic medical institutions in the country.