carol brannon  Carol Brannon, BS, MLAS

Program  Manager

Carol has worked in research administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for over 16 years. She recently joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to oversee contract and budgetary matters, hiring personnel and to help develop and execute new and ongoing programs. Carol is an excellent contact for questions about all aspects of the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research.  She has a bachelor's degree in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University and a Masters degree in Liberal Arts and Science from Vanderbilt.


shannon block  Shannon Block, BS

Clinical Translational Research Coordinator III 

Shannon is a research coordinator for multiple studies investigating the effectiveness of telehealth interventions following orthopaedic surgery. Her primary focus is on recovery following ACL reconstruction in athletes, but she also works on several projects aimed at improving recovery after spine surgery. In addition, Shannon coordinates a DoD sponsored trial to develop and validate an instrument assessing resiliency following neuromusculoskeletal injury in active duty Service Members. She graduated with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.


claudia davidson  Claudia Davidson, MPH

Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator III

Claudia is a project manager for several multi-center randomized controlled trials. She oversees a DoD-funded trial examining the use of Cognitive Behavioral-based Physical Therapy (CBPT) in patients who have traumatic lower extremity injury. She also manages the SPINE CARE trial which is investigating healthcare spending and clinical outcomes in patients with acute spine pain. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with a background in health services and epidemiological research on access and quality care for people living in vulnerable situations.


tanisha moore Tanisha Moore, BS

Clinical Translational Research Coordinator I

Tanisha is a research coordinator for several studies in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She is the lead recruiting coordinator for the DoD-funded trial determining the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral based physical therapy (CBPT) in service members and civilians at-risk for poor outcomes following traumatic lower-extremity injury. She also assists with the SPINE CARE trial examining the potential benefits of rehabilitation in patients with acute spine pain. Tanisha graduated with a degree in Natural Science with a focus on Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plans to attend professional school to become a licensed Physician Assistant, PA-C.


  susan vanston Susan Vanston, MS, PT

Research Physical Therapist

Susan is a research physical therapist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She delivers interventions for numerous clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of psychosocial-based rehabilitation. She has worked with a wide variety of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Currently, Susan works with patients who have had spine and ACL surgery, traumatic orthopedic injuries, and who are returning home after critical care hospitalization. She introduces patients to a variety of physical and cognitive behavioral strategies to help them with their recovery. Susan is a licensed physical therapist with over 21 years of experience.


payton robinette  Payton Robinette, BS

Research Analyst


rishahb Rishabh Gupta, BS

Research Analyst