I am the Director of the Vanderbilt Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program as well as Director of the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Training Program, with a long-standing focus on the development and acceleration of developing scholars in academia. My current rank is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2017) where I have been an attending pulmonologist at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital since 2008. In terms of formal education, I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (undergraduate), Emory University School of Medicine (medical school) and the Vanderbilt MSCI Program. I completed training in pediatrics at the University of Colorado where I subsequently served as Chief Resident, and pediatric pulmonary medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A NIH-funded physician-scientist, my research group pursues laboratory-based and patient-oriented translational research studies with a particular interest in subjects with and without known preexisting disease risks. We specialize in the design and maintenance of research cohorts and clinical trials in concert with genomic and other basic studies. Beyond Vanderbilt, my extramural leadership and advocacy work includes multiple service positions with the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, and TBX4Life.
I am a proud SPR Member since 2010, and APS member since 2020. I am particularly excited to currently serve as a Group Co-Leader for the highly successful APS SPR Journeys Program, focused on supporting our developing scholars.
Consideration for a position to serve SPR is a true honor, which I do not take lightly. I am passionate about the career development of physician-scientists and scientists, with a particular interest in those individuals in the pediatric space. As leader of the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Training Program, I have a robust background in programmatic development focused on career development. My primary focus will be on career development of our early and mid-career members, as well as enhancing the pipeline for the next generation of pediatric-focused researchers. This will include a particular focus on cultivating the growth of those who have been traditionally underrepresented in medicine, an area in which we are working hard in my contributions to career development here at Vanderbilt.