Dr. Shannon is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery & Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Director of the Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs). She has 17 years of clinical research experience including the development and management of multi-center multidisciplinary clinical trials and clinical research. She is a funded investigator in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, a co-investigator for the Vanderbilt site, and the co-chair of the quality of life working group for the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Consortium (PRSC). Additionally, Dr. Shannon is the lead investigator in the development of the Chiari Health Index for Pediatrics (CHIP), the first disease-specific patient-centered outcome for CM+SM in children. This instrument has been validated and is the focus of study aim 3 of a funded PCORI grant, where she also serves as the Co-PI. Dr. Shannon is a Bench-to-Bedside Research Co-Director for the Vanderbilt University Medical School, supporting, facilitating, and mentoring students through their research block. She is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs), a multidisciplinary research infrastructure established to enable and enhance collaborative clinical research within the pediatric surgical subspecialties at the Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital. In her role, she works with surgeon-scientists to develop outcomes-focused research agendas. She also serves as the senior epidemiologist with oversight of over 154 clinical studies across all surgical subspecialties, in addition to being a research mentor to over 25 trainees including residents and clinical fellows.