Jacob A. Franco, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Public Health, VUMC
Former MS Student , Applied Clinical Informatics


Fall 2020-Spring 2022

I grew up in Chappaqua, New York, where not much happens. To pass the time, I took a computer science class in high school and fell in love with it. My passion for programming brought me to Brown University, where I was poised to be a software engineer. That is, until a fateful internship showed me the horrors of pure cubicle work day in and day out. I realized I wanted to work with people, so I completed a degree in Computational Biology. This brought me to Stony Brook School of Medicine. At Stony Brook, my initial passion came through again, as I made an iPhone app for a urologist and also created a sorting program to assign my fellow students into their preferred rotations. 

I completed Internal Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2019 and started work as a Hospitalist at Vanderbilt that year. I rediscovered my passion for programming and algorithms and took the role of Epic Clinician Champion for the Hospitalist Department. Multiple committees and several Grand Rounds presentations later, I found that I would need a deeper understanding to make true change. I completed the basic and advanced builder courses at Epic and am now completing the Master's of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI) program to further help my institution and department.