Sara Van Driest is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics) and Medicine (Division of Clinical Pharmacology) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her MD and PhD at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine followed by Pediatric residency and Clinical Pharmacology fellowship at Vanderbilt.
Dr. Van Driest is a general pediatrician in the Vanderbilt Children's Primary Care clinic in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Doctor's Office Tower, 8th floor (DOT8).
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Van Driest uses clinically-generated data and specimens for research and as a tool for implementation of pediatric personalized medicine. She is focused on improving the dosing and understanding the effects of commonly used medications, including antibiotics, analgesics and sedatives. Dr. Van Driest is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for PharVar, a central repository for pharmacogenomic variation. She is the 2019 recipient of the Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.