Learning Health System Scholar Mentors are carefully assessed for the following:

  • Collaborative skills as evidenced by success guiding interdisciplinary research teams and experience in developing funding resources that link investigators in new ways including large scale projects, and national research networks including PCORnet.
  • Familiarity with institutional resources as evidenced by their research team, including trainees, making use of key resources including pilot and feasibility funds, expert studios and mock study sections.
  • Track record with prior mentees as assessed by the career progression of those whom they mentor including career advancement, publications, and funding history of the mentee.
  • Recognition of dedication to mentoring assessed by cross-referencing names of faculty members recommended for lead mentor roles by their peers and mentees.
  • Ability to support, challenge and guide trainees based on evaluations.
  • Commitment to the highest standards for responsible and reproducible conduct of rigorous research.

Potential Mentors:

Patient Centered Outcomes Research

Marie Griffin, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine and Health Policy
Director, Vanderbilt University Master of Public Health Program
Director, VA Center of Excellence in Clinical Research Training

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine; Associate Director
Aging Research for the VA TN Valley Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC)

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

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, (Co- PI)
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Todd Rice, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine

Implementation and Dissemination Science Research 

Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH, (PI)
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Robert Dittus, MD, MPH
Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Public Health and Health Care

Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
Director, Center for Health Services Research

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

Health Policy and Community Health

Melinda Buntin, PhD
Chair, Department of Health Policy

Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH
Professor, Health Policy

Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH
Research Professor, Department of Health Policy
Director, Vanderbilt AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center

Patient, Hospital and Health Systems Stakeholder

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

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

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

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Vice President for Health Equity 
Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA)

Methods Advancement

Chris Lindsell, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics
Director of the VICTR Methods Program

Michael Matheny, MD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine and Biostatistics
Co-Director, Center for Improving the Public's Health through Informatics