About the Center

at-a-glanceThe Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research was founded in 2000 by Dr. Robert Dittus, who served as Director until 2010. He was succeeded by Dr. Russell Rothman, who led the Center from 2010 to 2020, when Dr. Sunil Kripalani became Director. The Center currently engages more than 160 faculty from across Vanderbilt, who participate in approximately $50 million in annual awarded funding. Faculty represent diverse disciplines including clinical medicine, nursing, public health, informatics, social sciences, management sciences, and the humanities. Key research foci of the Center include: clinical epidemiology and outcomes research; clinical improvement, quality, and implementation research; health economics and decision science; health promotion, disease prevention and management; behavioral health and health communication; pragmatic research and comparative effectiveness research; community health, and health policy. The Center supports core services related to qualitative research, health communication, and improvement and implementation sciences. The Center also helps to support several training programs for post-doctoral research fellows and junior faculty.

Comprising more than 40,000 square feet of space at 2525 West End and the Nashville VA Medical Center, the Center provides the ideal environment within which research can flourish. The Center houses a portion of the HSR faculty and their affiliated research staff. Multiple large and small conference rooms, as well as virtual meeting platforms, are available to host research seminars, journal clubs, work-in-progress meetings, and research lab meetings. Break rooms and other gathering spaces also provide an opportunity for investigators to meet and discuss their work. All offices, conference rooms, and other workspaces are connected with high-speed internet, providing quick access to online resources. The Center also provides administrative support, grants management support, IT support, biostatistical support, and other services.


Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research
Institute for Medicine and Public Health 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue | Nashville, Tennessee 37203


Contact : 
Marine Ghulyan, MA