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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff Nurse Practioner In the past year or so that she’s been part of the Neurology team at Vanderbilt, staff nurse practitioner Kristen Pilote has expanded her clinic to include both stroke and cognitive neurology practice. Her background as a primary care practitioner gives her a unique, wide lens with which to view neurology cases. In her free time, she enjoys learning new things, most recently through golf and dance lessons, as well as DIY projects and travel.