October 12, 2010

Emory Cardiologist Joins Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

We are pleased to announce that David G. Harrison, M.D., will join the faculty of the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine as the Betty and Jack Bailey Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Center for Vascular Biology effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Dr. Harrison will be a member of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine with an affiliation with Clinical Pharmacology.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Dr. Harrison received his internal medicine and cardiology training at Duke University. He completed a research fellowship at the University of Iowa Cardiovascular Center before joining the faculty there. In 1990, Dr. Harrison moved to Emory University, where he directed the Division of Cardiology.

Dr. Harrison and colleagues were among the first to show that lowering dietary cholesterol intake improves vascular endothelial function. He demonstrated that increased superoxide production via the vascular NADPH oxidase alters vascular function in diseases such as hypertension. His recent work focuses on the seminal observation that the adaptive immune system contributes to experimental hypertension.

Dr. Harrison has served as the chair of the American Heart Association Circulation Council and the Council on Basic Science and has chaired the NIH Experimental Cardiovascular Sciences study section. He is a past president of the Association of University Cardiologists and a member of the Association of American Physicians. He has served on numerous editorial boards and received numerous recognitions for his research.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Harrison to Vanderbilt.

Douglas Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Nancy J. Brown, M.D.
Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Chair-Elect, Department of Medicine

Allen Kaiser, M.D.
Interim-Chair, Department of Medicine
Chief of Staff, Vanderbilt University Hospital