Diane has vast clinical and research experience within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She started her career as a nurse in Vanderbilt’s Cardiac Critical Care unit and subsequently transferred to the Arrhythmia Department, where she assisted in developing the first Electrophysiology Lab at VUMC. During that time, she was involved in numerous IND and IDE protocols. For the past 19 years, she worked for a medical device company as a Clinical Engineer and was involved in device and HF research and was awarded two patents for innovations in pacemaker/defibrillator therapy. Recently, she returned to Vanderbilt in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology as a Clinical Research Specialist IV and is involved in several studies investigating the genetics and therapeutics of Atrial Fibrillation.
Darlene has been an RN for 33 years. She has worked at the bedside in pediatrics for the majority of that time, doing everything from general pediatrics to pediatric cardiac critical care. She has spent the last 16 years in the field of pediatric cardiology research. She has worked on large industry sponsored multi centered trials, NIH funded research and investigator initiated projects at multiple centers, most often in the fields of EP or heart failure/heart transplant.