Department of Thoracic Surgery


Clinic Nurse

Karen Pinkard, BS Biology, RN, BSN
Email: karen.pinkard@vanderbilt.edu | Phone: (615) 322-0492

Karen graduated from the University of Tennessee with a baccalaureate degree in Biology in 1978. She pursued graduate studies and received her first nursing degree in 1987, finishing first in her class. She then attended the University of South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1991. She has a varied clinical background including intensive care nursing for over 10 years. She has devoted the last 8 years to thoracic surgery in several different capacities. Karen joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery in September 2007.

Nurse Practitioners

Breanne Osborne, BSN,NP

Breanne graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed her Masters in nursing in 2003 from Vanderbilt University. Her nursing background includes neurosurgery, critical care, trauma, cardiac, and thoracic surgery. She joined the thoracic team in August 2003.




Megan Gardner, BSN, NP

Megan graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University in 2008 with honors. Her nursing background includes thoracic surgery, critical care, and general medicine. She joined the thoracic surgery team in October 2008.



Kristin Werking, BSN, NP

Kristin received her bachelors in nursing from Greenville College in Illinois and earned her Masters from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has worked as an emergency room nurse, hospitalist and trauma nurse practitioner prior to joining the Thoracic Surgery team in September of 2009.

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