Faculty Spotlight

Meryim Poursheykhi, MD – Faculty Spotlight

While a Texas native originally, Dr. Meryim Poursheykhi spent half of her life in Germany before returning to Texas for residency. One of her main priorities in her career is teaching, and working with the residents at an academic medical center provides many opportunities for continued learning, as well as sharing knowledge. When not on service, Dr. Poursheykhi enjoys exploring the waterfalls in Middle Tennessee and international travel.Tell us about your background.

Adam Hartman, MD – Faculty Spotlight

As the director of the teleneurology program, Dr. Adam Hartman manages the clinical and business needs of this emerging technology, ultimately with the goal of opening up care to large patient populations who otherwise would not have access. As an educator, he finds inspiration in the trainees he works with and remains close with several of his own mentors from his residency and fellowship programs. In his free time, Dr. Hartman and his husband like to keep busy, and particularly like hiking and exploring the outdoors with their dog. 

Lily Kim, MD – Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Lily Kim’s path to sleep medicine arrived via a fellow resident who introduced the idea. Upon learning more about the subspecialty, Dr. Kim realized it encompassed everything she was looking for in her medical practice. She discovered that the supportive atmosphere and wide variety of faculty interests within the Sleep Division made Vanderbilt a great fit both for fellowship and as a faculty member. In her free time, Dr. Kim enjoys exploring Nashville’s coffee shops and traveling to pursue outdoor adventures with her family. 

Mayur Patel, MD – Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mayur Patel’s passion as a lifelong sports fan has translated well into pursuing neurology with a focus on traumatic brain injury. A Texas native, Dr. Patel finds inspiration from his patients, who often travel far for care. When not working or following his favorite teams, he enjoys international travel, and is even working on launching his own travel blog.  Tell us about your background.

Lexi Rouse, BSN, MSN, CNP, Provider profile

Nurse Practitioner Lexi Rouse spent four years working in the Neuro ICU, which makes her current work in the general neurology and stroke clinic all the more rewarding. She finds inspiration and encouragement from her colleagues. A former collegiate softball player, she spends her free time at her gym, surrounded by a like-minded community. An avid traveler, Lexi enjoys being exposed to and learning from different cultures around the world. Tell us about your background and how your path led to Vanderbilt? 

Amalia Peterson, MD, MS, Faculty Spotlight

As she approaches her one-year anniversary at Vanderbilt, Dr. Amalia Peterson reflects on the strong research program and other qualities that attracted her to Vanderbilt in the first place. Dr. Peterson’s time is split between research and clinical duties, which complement each other as she explores questions regarding risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Nashville’s food scene with her husband and dog.  Tell us about your background.

Matthew Meriweather, MD, Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Matthew Meriweather’s positive experiences with his residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt (you can read his resident profile here) made it a natural choice to stay on as a member of faculty. As a hospitalist, Dr. Meriweather appreciates the acuity of cases he encounters, as well as the regular engagement with residents. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, going to concerts, and staying active at Orange Theory Fitness.

David Curfman, MD, Faculty Spotlight

Dr. David Curfman and his wife moved their family of six to Nashville last year, and have since been spending their time getting settled and discovering all the city has to offer. Dr. Curfman started his career in St. Louis, where he enjoyed the mentorship he received in private practice. He’s discovered that same collegiality here at Vanderbilt, where he sees a mix of stroke and general neurology patients.  Tell us about your background.

Raymond Romano, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC Provider Spotlight

As a clinical researcher and nurse practitioner, Raymond Romano appreciates the holistic approach he is able to take in his role with the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center. With a Ph.D. in Nursing Science, his primary research interest involves helping find new ways for primary care practitioners to diagnose and care for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Raymond spends his free time working on his cooking skills, gardening, and practicing yoga.