Adult Neurology Residency

Welcome! I’m delighted you’re interested in pursuing a Neurology residency at Vanderbilt. I can personally say that here you’ll not only find the kind of rigor and challenge that will help you acquire skills as a neurologist, but also the kind of collegial, supportive environment that will help you develop as a person. Vanderbilt University Medical Center represents the heart of healthcare in the Mid-South, serving over 1.6 million patients each year with access to the latest technology and advancement in resources. Not only do Vanderbilt Neurology residents learn the valuable clinical skills necessary to advance their careers, they have access to research and laboratory resources in twelve subspecialties to help them explore their interests and enhance the field. Whether your chosen career path is clinical practice, clinician scientist, physician scientist, or educator, you will gain the skills and the professional network you need here at Vanderbilt. 

It’s no secret that residency can be mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally taxing. Our wellness initiatives help ensure that your needs will be met. Residents enjoy free access to health and wellness centers on campus, regular social events with other residents, full benefits and more. Check the Resident & Fellow Life tab for more information.

Located in the heart of Music City, Vanderbilt contributes to Nashville’s other moniker, “The Athens of the South.” Demonstrated excellence in academic outcomes is just one of our goals, however. The Neurology Department is also committed to training outstanding clinical neurologists, developing the future leaders of neurology, and promoting lifelong learning. Starting at the very beginning, residents are involved in both outpatient and inpatient neurology areas, critical literature review, and a detailed mentoring program. In short, Vanderbilt Neurology residents graduate with the skills that make them uniformly successful on board examinations and in obtaining their desired fellowship or practice opportunity upon graduation. 

I invite you to explore more about what our program has to offer and to reach out to me with any questions you might have. I look forward to meeting you soon.


Christopher Lee, MD, MPH
Adult Neurology Program Director


Though [Vanderbilt] is a large academic medical center, teams interact great together, and our department is made to feel smaller by the friendliness and personal interaction we share among both attendings and co-residents. The clinical training here is outstanding, and we are exposed to a large variety of neurologic conditions both common and rare from a large catchment area.

Matt Meriweather, Class of 2021

Program Administration

Christopher Lee, MD, MPH

Christopher Lee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Adult Neurology Program Director

Heather Koons, MD

Heather Koons, MD
Assistant Professor
Adult Neurology Associate Program Director

Andrew Giritharan, MD

Andrew Giritharan, MD
Assistant Professor  Neurosciences
Adult Neurology Assistant Program Director

Reena Black, MBA

Laura Hall
Program Manager
(615) 875-2127

Current Residents

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