Office of Healthcare Compliance

Conflict of Interest

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to following and enforcing its conflict of interest policies. All University and Medical Center faculty, staff, and representatives should avoid potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

Individual conflicts of interest refer to situations in which an individual’s or family member’s financial, professional, or other personal considerations may directly or indirectly affect, or have the appearance of affecting, an individual’s professional judgment in exercising any university duty or responsibility, including the conduct or reporting or research. Family members include spouses and domestic partners, children, stepchildren, parents, and siblings.
Conflicts of interest can arise under many situations, including business relationships, purchasing decisions, gifts, use and appropriation of University and Medical Center assets, research activities, activities related to students,faculty, staff and activities related to family members.
In order to identify and review conflicts of interest and the appearance thereof, all members of the University and Medical Center are expected to disclose all outside activities and financial interests that might be, or have the appearance of being, conflicts of interest or commitment. All members are required to submit a Disclosure Form upon initial employment, and annually thereafter. Updated forms must also be submitted if changes in circumstances arise that may give rise to a potential conflict of interest.
View Vanderbilt University's updated Conflict of Interest policy, effective January 17, 2014. (above, left)

For public requests for information regarding individuals with PHS-funded grants and related conflict of interest information, complete all information at the following link:


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