CORE FACULTY

bruehl Stephen Bruehl, PhD

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

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Dr. Bruehl’s research program focuses on the mechanisms and treatment of chronic pain. He has been principal investigator on eight NIH-funded pain research projects, and has published more than 165 peer-reviewed papers. His NIH-funded work has examined the role of endogenous pain regulatory system dysfunction in chronic low back pain, the links between psychosocial factors and endogenous opioid (EO) system function, mechanisms and predictors of differential responses to and risks associated with opioid analgesics, and more recently, the biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of aerobic exercise, mindfulness training, and spinal manipulation therapy for management of chronic back pain. His NIH funded work also is examining the role of oxidative stress mechanisms in development of postoperative chronic pain in osteoarthritis patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty. Dr. Bruehl is an Associate Editor for the journals Pain and Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and is a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) Study Section. Dr. Bruehl has a masters and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky.


coronado Rogelio A. Coronado, PT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 

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Dr. Coronado is a collaborating investigator on several research trials examining the comparative effectiveness of behavioral interventions for improving musculoskeletal pain outcomes and postoperative recovery. He also conducts research focused on the implementation of psychosocial strategies within physical rehabilitation in patients with musculoskeletal pain. He has published 35 peer-reviewed papers and received funding as principal investigator from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. Coronado received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida and his masters in physical therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.


 

crofford Leslie J. Crofford, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

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Dr. Crofford is Wilson Family Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine and of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Division Chief of the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology. Her research is focused on understanding inflammation, pain, and stress as mediators of rheumatic diseases. In addition to her work in arthritis, she is an international leader in fibromyalgia research. She has maintained active research support the National Institutes of Health, Rheumatology Research Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, and industry sources throughout her career. More than 250 journal articles and book chapters have been published as a result of her research. Dr. Crofford is a past president of the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation (now the Rheumatology Research Foundation) and the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the American College of Rheumatology. Other significant leadership positions include service on the American Board of Internal Medicine for Rheumatology and Advisory Council to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Crofford is active as a clinical Rheumatologist and has been named one of America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors.


 

 Edwards David A. Edwards, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurological Surgery

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David A. Edwards, MD PhD is a Neurophysiologist who completed graduate work on the mechanisms of endogenous cannabinoid signaling in the brain. He is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, and Director of the Chronic Pain and Transitional Pain Services at Vanderbilt. He oversees care of patients in several urban and rural specialty clinics that treat patients for cancer-related pain, chronic pain, operative pain, and patients at high-risk of being admitted to the hospital with pain or substance use disorder. His research program includes NIH-funded investigations of long-term outcomes after perioperative opioid exposure, and cognitive behavioral and buprenorphine treatment of pain in dialysis patients. He also runs clinical trials in drug development for non-opioid options for the treatment of pain and prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder.


 

kennedy David J. Kennedy, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Dr. Kennedy is a Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where his practice focuses on non-operative and interventional spine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as Chief Resident, and then a Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 published abstracts, and over 20 book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, and he has won numerous awards for his research. He has given over 100 lectures at national meetings, over 50 lectures at international meetings, and numerous local presentations and invited grand rounds. He is a Deputy Editor for The Spine Journal, and on the editorial board for Pain Medicine. He is on the Board of Directors for the Spine Intervention Society. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).


 

maxwell use Cathy Maxwell, PdD, RN, RAAN

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Dr. Cathy Maxwell's research is directed at understanding outcome trajectories of older adults after physical injury and development and implementation of interventions to facilitate patient-centered, post-injury care. Dr. Maxwell's identification of the high incidence of physical frailty among injured older adults led to a study that determined the influence of pre-injury functional status on one-year outcomes (functional decline, mortality, and readmissions). Dr. Maxwell is interested in interventions with a nursing focus to help older adults understand what is happening to their bodies as they age, so that they can make informed decisions that improve quality of life.


 

mckernan Lindsey Mckernan, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Lindsey Colman McKernan, Ph.D., MPH has been a member of the Vanderbilt faculty and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt since July of 2014. Dr. McKernan is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in research and treating the intersection of co-occurring chronic health conditions and mental health. Dr. McKernan currently works in the Vanderbilt Osher Center and in the Department of Urologic Surgery, researching and developing innovative psychosocial treatments for co-occurring conditions.  She is currently funded by the NIH to develop a patient-centered psychosocial intervention for interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.  


 

Nyman Jeffry S. Nyman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 

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The ultimate goal of my research is to lower the number of bone fractures associated with osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, genetic diseases, and aging. Towards that end, my research team investigates ways to improve the clinical assessment of fracture risk and to identify regulators of bone toughness (lack of brittleness). Specifically, there are active projects i) to determine whether matrix-bound water and pore water, as determined by 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, can explain age- and diabetes-related decreases in bone’s resistance to fracture, ii) to identify the determinants of matrix-bound water, iii) to elucidate the mechanisms by which tissue resists impact micro-indentation, a new technique for directly assessing bone tissue quality in vivo, and iv) to develop a Raman Spectroscopy technique that provides clinical assessment of bone quality.


obremskey William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH, MMHC

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Director, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma Research
VUMC Executive Medical Director of Technology Assessment and Product Acquisition

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William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH, MMHC, Professor of Orthopaedics, Vice-Chair of the Department, Director Orthopaedic Trauma Research and has expertise in musculoskeletal trauma outcomes, fiscal analysis, and study design. He serves as the Chairman of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Evidenced Based Medicine Committee. He has authored four chapters on Outcomes in orthopaedic trauma and three meta-analysis articles on orthopaedic trauma conditions as well as > 200 articles. He has served on the Steering committee of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) that has been awarded $70,000,000 to conduct nine prospective randomized trials for the Department of Defense. Dr. Obremskey is the principal investigator (PI) on two of these nine projects. He is currently PI on a $4.5 million grant on early weight bearing of ankle and tibia plateau fractures. He has a clinical and research interest in knee dislocations, scapula fractures and necrotizing fasciitis. He has a strong record of mentorship for orthopaedic trauma fellows, orthopaedic residents, and medical students.

 

pennings2 Jacquelyn Pennings, PhD, PStat®

Research Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Pennings conducts statistical analysis and assists with research design and data management for research projects in the Department of Orthopaedics. Her research interests include the relationship between mental health factors and outcomes such as obesity, general and physical health, and health care utilization such as hospital re-admission. Specific statistical areas of expertise include structural equation modeling, factor and cluster analysis, linear and hierarchical/mixed models, and non-parametric analyses including logistic regression techniques.


Schirle Lori Schirle, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

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Dr. Schirle’s program of research focuses on achieving effective pain management in post-discharge surgical populations while maximizing opioid safety.  She is interested in genomic influences on postoperative pain, opioid use, and adverse effects. Dr. Schirle holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami School of Nursing, a masters in nurse anesthesia from Florida International University, and has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  Dr. Schirle is a practicing nurse anesthetist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


 

schneider Byron Schneider, MD

Assistant Professor and Director of ISMM Fellowship Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Dr. Schneider is currently an assistant professor with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he completed his PM&R residency and Interventional Spine Fellowship at Stanford University. Born in Canada before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Schneider has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and text-book chapters. He has also given over 60 lectures at national and international conferences. His research primarily focuses on safety and effectiveness of interventional spine procedures. Dr. Schneider serves on many national committees, including as the vice-chair of the section on Rehabilitation, Interventional, and Medical Spine (RIMS) of the North American Spine Society.


 

 Stephens Byron F. Stephens II, M.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Division

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Byron Stephens, M.D., received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he was awarded the Faculty Medal for achieving the highest academic class rank in his graduating class. Upon completing his residency at Campbell Clinic, Dr. Stephens pursued a fellowship in spine surgery at Emory University. While Dr. Stephens enjoys taking care of all conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, he has a special clinical and research interest in complex spinal deformity and tumors. He also offers his patients minimally invasive and motion-preserving procedures, when appropriately indicated.


 

withrow Laura H. Withrow, MS

Co-Director of Sports Medicine Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 

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Mrs. Huston Withrow is currently a Senior Associate and Co-Director of Sports Medicine Research within the Department of Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and has been a faculty member within the department since 2005.  She came from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and was a research member within the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory and the Sports Medicine Division at UM Orthopaedics since 1990.


 

AFFILIATE FACULTY

 

Bowman Eric Eric Bowman, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Vanderbilt Orthopaedics

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brintz Carrie E. Brintz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine

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Collins Sean Collins, MD, MSc

Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicien

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Dewey Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, MACP

Professor of Medical Education and Administration and Medicine and Public Health
Assistant Dean for Educator Development

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duvernay Matthew Duvernay, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pharmacology

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 rEBECCA Rebecca Dickinson, PT, DPT, COMT

Clinical Coordinator of Sports Medicine, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Rehabilitation Services


goyal Parul Goyal, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine

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 Grijalva Carlos Grijalva, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy

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gultcher Scott Guelcher, PhD

Director, Vanderbilt Center for Bone Biology
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

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 Hansen Kathryn A. Hansen, ANP-BC

Instructor, School of Nursing and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Nurse Practitioner, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

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adrian mackenzie Adrien "Adie" MacKenzie, LMT, CLT-LANA

Licensed Massage Therapist, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


 

osmondson Sarah Osmundson, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Foote Michelle Foote Pearce DMin, MA,MSN,

Director of Psychological Services, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach

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 richardson Brian Richardson, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS

Assistant Manager, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Rehabilitation Services
Clinical Director of Sports Residency Program


 

rothman Russell Rothman, MD MPP

Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy Vice President, Population Health Research  Director, Center for Health Services Research  Chief, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Section 

 


 

 silva Flavio Silva, PT, ScD

Clinical Coordinator, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Rehabilitation Services


 skaar Heather K. Skaar, PT

Administrative Director, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Rehabilitation Services


 

stone Amanda Stone, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

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sarah w Sarah Welch, DO, MA

Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

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wolever croppedRuth Q. Wolever, PhD

Interim Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching: Practice, Research & Education, Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

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zelik Karl E. Zelik, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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