Daniel Daunis, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of General Psychiatry

Dr. Daunis is originally from New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he completed his undergraduate degree in microbiology. From there, he attended medical school at LSU in Shreveport, LA followed by psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At MGH, he served as chief resident of the consult service followed by completion of his fellowship in consult-liaison psychiatry in 2019. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in bioethics at Harvard Medical School during his time in residency. He joined Vanderbilt in 2019 and currently serves as an attending on the VUMC Adult Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and as the psychiatric liaison to the VUMC Cardiac Transplant Team. Daniel's academic and clinical interests include bioethics, neurocognitive disorders, cardiac disease, and transplant psychiatry.    


MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
BS, Louisiana State University (Microbiology) 

Postgraduate Training

Intern in Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Resident in Adult Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship in Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

Areas of Clinical Expertise

Psychosomatic Medicine, Neuropsychiatry, Cardiac Transplantation

Research interests

Cardiac Psychiatry, Bioethics

Representative publications

1.      Daunis D, Stern T. Facing Heart Disease: A Guide for Psychiatric Clinicians. Psychiatric Annals. 2019; 49(2):55-59.

2.      Daunis D. Psychotic Disorders. In: Kiefer MM, Chong CR, editors. Pocket Primary Care: A Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook. 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. 2018: 1116.

3.      Celano CM, Daunis DJ, Lokko HN, Campbell KA, Huffman JC. Anxiety disorders and cardiovascular disease. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Nov; 18 (11):101.