Each Scholar’s preparation, including an individualized development plan, will be guided by an interdisciplinary Research Advisory Committee (RAC) comprised of:

  1. A Clinical Research Mentor proficient in clinical/ translational research in heart, lung, blood or sleep (HLBS) disorders
  2. A T4 Translational Research Mentor with methodological expertise in those aspects of implementation science relevant to the Scholar
  3. An ImpleMentor – an operational leader to advise on real-world implementation strategies and challenges in the Scholar’s desired clinical or community context
  4. Dr. Sunil Kripalani (PI) and/or Dr. Christianne Roumie (PD)


Primary mentors will be chosen for their research and mentorship experience and could be either an HLBS Research Mentor or T4 Translational Research Mentor. Scholars will work with the PI and PD to develop the most appropriate RAC. The V-STTaR program leverages strong transdisciplinary collaboration among the Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Management, and Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences to offer a diverse pool of exceptional mentors.



Potential Mentors:

Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research Mentors
T4 Translational Research Mentors
Implementation Mentors


Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research Mentors (Lead: Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH)

Cardiovascular Diseases

Sean Collins, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair for Research
Director, Emergency Medicine Clinical Trials Center
Board of Directors, Heart Failure Society of America

Matthew Freiberg, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
Founding Director, Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Trials Evaluation (V-C3REATE)

Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Deputy Director, VA Quality Scholars Program
Director, Epidemiology Track, MPH Program

Thomas Wang, MD
Gottlieb C. Friesinger III Chair
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Gordon Bernard, MD
Melinda Owen Bass Chair
Professor of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Research
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Science

E. Wesley Ely, MD
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Tina Hartert, MD, MPH
Lulu H. Owen Chair, Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Asthma Research
Vice President for Translational Science

Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH
William Anderson Spickard Jr. Chair
Associate Professor of Medicine
Founding Director, Vanderbilt Center for Tobacco, Addictions, and Lifestyle (ViTAL)
Director, Tobacco Treatment Service


Blood Disorders

Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Vanderbilt
Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Meharry Medical College
Associate Director for Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Michael DeBaun, MD, PhD
J.C. Peterson, MD Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics 
Director, Vanderbilt-Meharry Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease

Colleen Morton, MBBCh
J.C. Peterson, MD Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology 
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Sleep Disorders

Beth Malow, MD, MS
Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Medical Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division and Sleep Research Core
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Clinical Research Center
Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurology
Chair, ANA/NINDS Career Development Symposium
Sleep Research Society Physician-Scientist Pipeline Committee

Raghu Upender, MD
Medical Director, Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

T4 Translational Research Mentors (Lead: Robert Dittus, MD, MPH)

Systems Science

Robert Dittus, MD, MPH
Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Public Health and Health Care
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences
Director, VA Quality Scholars Program

Christopher Lindsell, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics
Director, VICTR Methods Program 
Associate Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research

Linda Norman, DSN, RN
Valere Potter Menefee Professor in Nursing
Dean, Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Co-Director/Senior Nurse Scholar, VA Quality Scholars Fellowship

Timothy Vogus, PhD
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management 

Matthew Weinger, MD, MS
Professor of Anesthesia, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Department of Anesthesia
Director, Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety
Director of Research, Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment
Board of Directors, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation


Behavioral and Social Sciences

Kristin Archer, PhD, DPT
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Vice Chair, Orthopaedic Research 

Tom Elasy, MD, MPH
Anne and Roscoe R. Robinson Chair Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Director, Center for Health Behavior and Health Education
Director, Center for Diabetes Translational Research

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
Founding Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
Co-Director, Center for Effective Health Communication

Shelagh Mulvaney, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing, Pediatrics, and Biomedical Informatics
Director, Effective Health Communication Core

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP
Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Health Policy
Chief, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Section
Director, Center for Health Services Research
Vice President, Population Health Research

Community Engagement/ Health Disparities/ Vulnerable Populations

Shari Barkin, MD, MPH
William K. Warren Foundation Chair, Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Obesity Research

Derek Griffith, PhD, MA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
Founding Director, Center for Research on Men’s Health

Sandra Simmons, PhD, MA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Research Scientist, VA GRECC

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA)
Co-Director, Community-Engaged Research Core


Data Science

Joshua Denny, MD, MS
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine
Director, Center for Precision Medicine
Vice President, Personalized Medicine

Frank Harrell, Jr., PhD
Professor of Biostatics 
Co-Director, Health Data Science Center

Paul Harris, PhD, MS
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Office of Research Informatics


Public Health / Health Policy

Melinda Buntin, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy

Marie Griffin, MD, MPH
Professor of Health Policy and Medicine
Director, Vanderbilt MPH Program


Implementation Mentors (ImpleMentors; Lead: Thomas Talbot, MD, MPH)

Hospital and Health Systems

Neesha Choma, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Executive Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH) and Clinics
Co-Director, Adult Performance Management and Improvement Department
Associate Chief of Staff, VUH
Chair, Adult Executive Quality Committee

Jenny Slayton, MSN, RN
Executive Director for Quality Improvement, Department of Quality, Safety, and Risk Prevention (QSRP)

Lane Stiles, MA
Director, Patient Education

Thomas Talbot, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, VUMC


Operations and Healthcare Delivery

Daniel France, PhD, MEng, MPH
Research Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering

Erin Neal, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Population Management Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network
Manager, Medication Management Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network

Cynthia Powell, MD
Medical Director, Population Health Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network 

Vikram Tiwari, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Biomedical Informatics
Director, Surgical Business Analytics, Vanderbilt University Hospital
President, Health Applications Society, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science


Clinical Informatics

Deborah Ariosto, PhD, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Analytics
Director of Patient Care Informatics 

Mia Levy, MD, PhD
Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine
Director, Cancer Health Informatics and Strategy, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Jonathan Wanderer, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Informatics
Medical Director, Preoperative Evaluation Center
Medical Director, Vanderbilt Anesthesiology & Perioperative Informatics Research Division


Public Health

Morgan McDonald, MD
Assistant Commissioner and Director, Division of Family Health and Wellness, TN Department of Health

Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH
Assistant Commissioner and Director of Informatics and Analytics, TN Department of Health
Research Professor, Department of Health Policy, VUMC
Director, Vanderbilt AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center


Community Based Practice

Stacy Gourley, RN
Program Manager, Safety Net Consortium of Middle TN 

Yvonne Joosten, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Executive Director, Office for Community Engagement
Manager, Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core

Amy Williford, MS
Manager, Cardiac Rehabilitation