Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received an 18-month, $7 million award to set up a Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) that can reach millions of patients and speed the translation of research findings into clinical practice. 


Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, Director of the Center for Health Services Research, is the Principal Investigator of the CDRN. In his own words:"The idea is to 'change the paradigm' of clinical research with the help of electronic health records (EHRs), information technology and robust research support infrastructure. This network is going to help us to improve how we deliver health care in this country, improve the quality of care that patients and families receive and allow us to rapidly and efficiently answer a lot of big questions that address patients' real needs." 

The Mid-South CDRN consists of:

  • Vanderbilt University Health System
  • Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Vanderbilt Healthcare Affiliated Network (VHAN)
  • Greenway Health


When it is finished, the network will engage over 40 hospitals and hundreds of clinics across the country that reaches millions of patients. Visit  to learn more about the Mid-South Clinical Data Network.

CDRN Clinical Reach illustration