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Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center

Faculty

David Robertson MD

Elton Yates Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Neurology,

 

Director of Clinical Research Center

 

Director of Center for Space Physiology & Medicine, Center for Molecular Neuroscience

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; blood pressure regulation; noradrenergic neuronal function; catecholamines; neurodegenerative disease; gastropressor response to water ingestion 

Patient Care Interests: Autonomic Disorders, Baroreflex Failure, Hypotension, Syncope

Education
Fellowship -
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1977
Residency - Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 1975
Internship - Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 1974
M.D. Degree - Vanderbilt University, 1973

Practice Locations
Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37232
Suite 5209, South Tower

Publications 

Italo Biaggioni MD

Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology


Associate Director, Clinical Research Center

Research Interests:  Adenosine, Nitric Oxide and Autonomie Interactions in Cardiovascular Regulation

Patient Care Emphasis:  Autonomic Dysfunction, Orhtostatic Hypotension, Syncope

 

 

 

Education
M.D. Degree - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, 1978
Post-Graduate Training - Hospital del Rimac, Peru
Residency - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Post-Graduate Training - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Internship - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Practice Locations
Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37232
Suite 5209, South Tower

Publications

Satish R. Raj MD, MSCI

Associate Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology

Research Interests: Pathophysiology and treatment of Neurally Mediated Syncope, pathophysiology and treatment of the Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS); heart rate variability; clinical trials; hemodynamic & metabolic consquences of water ingestion 

 

 

 

 

Education
MSCI
 - Vanderbilt University Medical School, 2004
Fellowship - University of Calgary, 2002
Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2002
Residency - Queen's University Faculty of Medicine, 1999
Residency - Queen's University Faculty of Medicine, 1996
M.D. Degree - Queen's University Faculty of Medicine, 1993

Practice Locations
Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37232
Suite 5209, South Tower

Publications

Andre M. Diedrich MD, PhD

Research Professor of Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; autonomic cardiovascular control; blood pressure regulation; muscle sympathetic neural activity.

 

 

 

 

Education
B.A. - Mathematics and Physics, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany, 1979
M.D. - 2nd Medical Institute in Moscow, Russia, 1985
Medical Cybernetics - 2nd Medical Institute in Moscow, Russia, 1985
Internship - Charite Hosptial, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1986
Resideny - Charite Hospital, Humboldt University, Berlin Germany, 1990
PhD - Charite Hospital, Humboldt University in Berlin, 1991
Fellowship - Eruopean Space Agency, Visiting Scientist Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996
Fellowship - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1997

Licensure / Certification:
Dipl. Mediziner; Dr. Med. (Germany)

Publications

 

 

Amanda C. Peltier, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research Interest:  Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome, and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Identification of secondary endpoints for clinical trials in neuropathy using QSART skin biopsy and nerve conduction studies.




Education:

MS – University of Michigan, 2005
Fellowship – University of Michigan, 2002 - 2004
Internship – University of Michigan, 1998-1999
MD – Ohio State University, 1998
BA – Denison University, 1994
Publications 

Emily M. Garland PhD, MSCI

Research Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacology 

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; dopamine; dopamine-beta-hydroxylase; blood pressure regulation; blood volume

Education:
MSCI - Vanderbilt University, 2005
PhD - University of Maryland, Biochemical Pharmacology, 1982

BS - Duke University, Psychology, 1973

Publications

Cyndya Shibao, MD

Assistant Professor,  Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Research Interests: Contribution of Visceral Fat to Sympathetic Activation in Obesity, Racial Difference in Autonomic Contribution to Hypertension in Obesity, Autonomic Contribution to Energy Metabolism, Clinical Trials in Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension and Postprandial Hypotension, Comparative Effectiveness and Safety in Orthostatic Hypotension Drugs.

 

 

Education
Residency- Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2008
Internship – Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2007
Fellowship – Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, 2003
M.D. Degree- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001
Bachelor of Human Medicine- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, 2009

Practice Locations
Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37232
Suite 5209, South Tower

Publications

Alfredo Gamboa, MD, MSCI, FAHA

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: The interactions between the autonomic nervous system and nitric oxide in the regulation of blood pressure, in normal physiology and disease states.  In particular, the impact of increased sympathetic activity on impaired nitric oxide function as seen in obesity associated hypertension.

 

 

 

Education
MSCI - Vanderbilt University, 2008
Fellowship - Vanderbilt University, 2002 - 2005
Visiting Scholar - Oxford University. UK, 2001 - 2002
M.D. Degree - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru, 1999
Internship - Hospital Cayetano Heredia. Lima-Peru, 1996 - 1998
Bachelor of Human Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru. Degree, 1998

Publications

Luis Okamoto, MD

 

Research instructor of medicine

Research Interests:
Role of the autonomic nervous system in circadian rhythms, pathophysiology and treatment of supine hypertension and orthostatic hypotension in autonomic failure, chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

 Education
Fellowship – Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, 2007
M.D. Degree- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001
Bachelor of Human Medicine- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001

 Publications

Rose M. Robertson MD, FACC, FAHA

Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Chief Science Officer, American Heart Association

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; autonomic cardiovascular control; blood pressure regulation; syncope; neurodegenerative disease; ethnic differences in cardiovascular control; cardiovascular disease in women.

Publications

 

 
Amy Arnold, PhD
Research Instructor

Research Interest:  The altered role of peptide neurotransmitters and receptors in the neural control of the circulation in conditions associated with autonomic dysfunction.


Education
BS, Pacific University, 2004
PhD, Wake Forest University, 2009

Publications

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