Batson Faculty Affiliate Advisors

  • Charlotte Brown, MD

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

    Charlotte is an Assistant Professor in the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in History from Wake Forest University before moving to Nashville, where she completed her medical degree and residency at Vanderbilt University. After completing her Pediatrics training, she moved to the mountains of Colorado where she practiced (and took full advantage of the trails and slopes of the Rockies), before accepting a position back at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in 2015. She loves medical student and resident education and is thrilled to be back in Nashville.

  • Catherine Burger, MD

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Brian Drolet, MD

    Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

    Before coming to Vanderbilt as a medical student in 2005, I lived most of my life in New England.  I had never been to Nashville prior to my VUSM interview, but was immediately set on coming here after my experience that day.  While I was a student at VUSM, I was involved in the early years of Wellness, the Colleges, and the Shade Tree Trot.  I graduated VUSM in 2009, and then went to residency at Brown for plastic surgery.  Before returning to the faculty in 2016, I completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Johns Hopkins.  Outside of work, my happy places are running, skiing and practicing yoga.  I also love teaching and operating; so I hope you'll come find me in the OR or the clinic any time you want to learn about hand surgery! 

  • Lourdes Estrada, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

    Dr. Lourdes Estrada, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology, serves as Associate Director of the MSTP. Dr. Estrada was raised in Puerto Rico, received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and completed her postdoctoral training in pediatric genetics at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Dr. Estrada joined the Vanderbilt Department of Cancer Biology to serve as Scientific and Education Officer for a multidisciplinary team of scientists in the NCI-funded Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Vanderbilt (CCSB@V). As a medical school educator, Dr. Estrada serves as Co-Director of the Curriculum 2.0 Immersion Phase and has served as small group facilitator for case-based learning, and a Portfolio Coach. Dr. Estrada is responsible for the operational management of the MSTP including the overall management of student training, finances, scholarship, and alumni relations.  Dr. Estrada has been with the MSTP since 2016.

  • Celeste O Hemingway, MD


    Dr. Hemingway is originally from San Antonio, TX but came to Vanderbilt for undergrad and never looked back. She completed her undergraduate degree, medical degree, and residency at Vanderbilt prior to joining the OBGyn faculty in 2010. Dr. Hemingway is the Program Director for the OBGyn residency and focuses in pediatric-adolescent gynecology.  Her husband, Graham, is a Vanderbilt lifer as well and is on the Computer Science faculty at Vanderbilt.  The Mr. Dr. Hemingway runs and rock climbs so he is often the Batson representative/ringer when running or sports are involved. Celeste spends most of her free time with her daughter Penny (8yo) and son Arch (5yo), but she also manages to have some fun taking classes with Nashville Ballet and trying as many new Nashville restaurants as she can.

  • Laurie Lawrence, MD

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Charles Lei, MD

    Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Emergency Medicine

    Charles was born and raised in New York, NY.  He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biology and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He completed his residency training at the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program, where he served as Chief Resident.  He then completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine Simulation at Stanford.  Charles currently serves as the Simulation Fellowship Director and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  His academic interests include simulation, resident and medical student education, curriculum development, and quality improvement.  Charles enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing Ultimate.  His wife Vivian is also an emergency physician.

  • Matthew Lipton, MD

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Meredith Pugh, MD, MSCI

    Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

    Meredith was born in Johnson City, TN but grew up mostly in the mid-Atlantic area, and it took her about 25 years to get back to her home state. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, and her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Meredith completed residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and then came to Vanderbilt for her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Her clinical practice is in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the inpatient and outpatient pulmonary services.  She loves working with medical students, and is the director of the Pulmonary Block in Homeostasis, co-course director for the Critical Illness Immersion course, and a small group facilitator in FMK year.  Meredith spends her free time with her amazing husband, Brian, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 1. 

  • Kris Rehm, MD

    Pediatric Hospital Medicine

    Kris Rehm is division director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine” and Director of Hospital Operations at the MCJCHV. She is also the mother of two sets of twin boys, ages 10 and 7! In her spare time, Kris enjoys running and traveling with her family

  • John Seibert, MD


    Dr. John W. Seibert is a graduate of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University with a dual degree in history and secondary education. He then received a Master’s of Arts in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Seibert graduated from medical school with honors in research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and continued there for residency in the Department of Otolaryngology. Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Seibert accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University at Saint Louis. He and his family returned to Franklin, TN in 2007. After joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Seibert became Director of Education, assisting in coordinating the educational programs for the Otolaryngology residents. This teaching role has continued in both the undergraduate and graduate level. His clinical and surgical practice is based in Williamson County. Professional Interests: General Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology; scholarship in medical education, technology in teaching (audience response systems, interactive lecture format).

  • Anderson Spickard, MD

    Internal Medicine

    Dr. Anderson Spickard, III, M.D., M.S is Assistant Dean of Educational Informatics and Technology and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He practices internal medicine and leads in many of the IT programs, such as VSTAR, to support students’ success. Anderson and his wife Margaret have three children, Anna 22, Lucas 20, and William 17.

  • Jessica M. Turnbull, MD

    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

    Jessie is a pediatric intensivist at MCJCH as well as a faculty member with the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. Her research interests include decision making for medically complex children during times of critical illness as well as the provision of palliative care in the PICU. Originally from OH, she moved to Nashville to begin her positions at Vanderbilt in July 2013.