My clinical research program focuses on mechanisms for the development of and outcomes in hypertension and related sequelae, particularly heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
I am a non-invasive cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I direct the Vanderbilt Heart Imaging Core Lab (V-HICL) within the Vanderbilt Translational and Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center (VTRACC). V-HICL provides a central resource for Vanderbilt researchers who utilize cardiovascular imaging in clinical research, by providing resources for study design and implementation.
My clinical research program has three major aims: 1) to understand mechanisms for the development of and outcomes in hypertension and its related sequelae, including heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and atrial fibrillation, 2) to understand cardiac structure and function in relation to cardiovascular risk factors and disease, 3) to understand racial/ethnic differences in susceptibility to cardiometabolic risk and cardiovascular disease. We study cardiovascular disease through several approaches including Clinical Research Center based physiologic studies, epidemiologic cohorts, and clinical trials.