Gabbe Faculty Affiliate Advisors

  • Michael Baker, MD

    Internal Medicine, Cardiology

    I am a Nashville native who went to the University of Tennessee for undergraduate and Medical Degrees. I came to Vandy for my Cardiology fellowship training and then went into practice here in town for about ten years, returning to Vanderbilt in 2008. My wife Wendy is a retired pediatrician who now is in the real estate business (want to buy a house?) I have two daughters: Hannah just graduated from Skidmore College and is currently enrolled in the Conservatory program at Second City in Chicago, and Emily is a freshman at Emory. My area of practice is primarily general cardiology and cardiac imaging. Outside of work I enjoy working out, gardening and playing golf, spending time with my Golden Retriever, Olive, and dominating the Cardiology Fellow and Faculty Fantasy Football League.

  • Richard Berkman, MD

    Neurological Surgery

    Dr. Berkman received his M.D. degree from New York University. He completed his internship and residency training in Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University and subsequently completed a two-year Medical Staff Fellowship in Surgical Neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  He also completed a Fellowship in Complex Spine at Emory University. Dr. Berkman’s clinical interests are in all aspects of spinal surgery, with an emphasis on complex spinal reconstruction. He served as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University from 1994-1997 before becoming Chief of Neurosurgery at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. He rejoined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2016 and was happily recruited to be a faculty advisor for Gabbe  by his daughter Jillian (Gabbe ’18).

  • Daniel Birchmore, MD

    Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

    Dr. Birchmore is a staff physician at the VA and an Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt Division of Rheumatology. For medical school he attended the Medical College of Georgia then completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt and rheumatology fellowship at University of Virginia. Every year he requests to be on service at the VA for the first two weeks of July because he loves working with new interns and welcoming them to Vanderbilt.

    Prior to his start in medicine, he competed on the University of Georgia men’s tennis team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011. When he is not serving patients and teaching students, he can almost always be found on the Vanderbilt tennis courts. His favorite tennis opponent is Samantha Gridley (Gabbe ’17). He also enjoys creative writing and is the faculty sponsor for the Literature, Arts, and Medicine VMS student organization – he enjoys providing PB&J sandwiches for the Cultural Series.

  • Cody Chastain, MD

    Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseaes

    Dr. Chastain is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University. He came to Vanderbilt for his fellowship in Infectious Diseases and enjoyed it so much that he stayed on to join the faculty.  

  • Howard Curlin, MD

    Assistant Professor , Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Kristen Dettorre, MD

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Kristen grew up in Medina, Ohio. She was accepted into a 6 year B.S./M.D. program from high school and graduated from Kent State University. She received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 2006 and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency training here at Vanderbilt in 2009. She was Vanderbilt’s first Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellow and has continued to work internationally on a regular basis. She loves teaching the residents and students both here in Nashville and at Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana, South America. She also uses her skills on mission trips and has worked in Honduras, Nepal, Zambia, Romania and Peru (her absolute favorite place). On days off, Kristen enjoys wakeboarding, yoga, soccer, reading, hiking with her dog Maya and spending time with her family at the lake.

  • Jamie Dwyer, MD

    Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension

    I went to undergrad and Med School at Brown, did Internal Medicine and Chief Medical Residency at Mayo Clinic, and Nephrology at Vanderbilt. I run our inpatient dialysis/apheresis program, an outpatient dialysis unit, and co-Direct our Nephrology Clinical Trials Center. My research involves “very big” randomized controlled trials in kidney disease and cardiovascular outcomes. I have taught in the Med School for many years in various capacities.  Outside work, I like reading, technology, the Ancient world (I taught Latin for a while), food (eating/cooking/reading about/watching), and have 3 dogs.  That’s plenty.


  • Geoffrey Fleming, MD

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Mr-Dr. Fleming is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the division of critical care medicine.  He is from Virginia, went to the University of Florida for college where he played rugby, then back to UVa for medical school.  He met his wife Amy in medical school and they went to San Antonio for residency training.  After completing residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio, he practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for 4 years, one in San Antonio and 3 in Colorado Springs.  After leaving Colorado, they moved to Ann Arbor for his Critical Care Fellowship.  In 2007 the Flemings joined the faculty at Vanderbilt. Dr Fleming has been affiliated with Gabbe College since its inception in 2007, and now as an official FAA since 2009. Dr Fleming is active in education across VUMC with roles in the UME, GME and CME worlds.

  • Brian Gelfand, MD

    Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Jennifer Green, MD

    Medicine Pediatrics

    Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics as well as the Associate Director of the Med-Peds Residency Program. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before coming to Vanderbilt for her Med-Peds residency. She served as the chief resident of ambulatory medicine at Vanderbilt. She also completed a fellowship with the Quality Scholars Fellowship Program at the Nashville, VA Medical Center. Dr. Green joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2010.  Her academic interests include medical education at all levels, chronic disease management and improving the quality of patient care. Currently, she spends time doing both clinical care and is actively involved in medical student and resident education. She is married to George Green and loves being Mom to Zoe and Gardiner.

  • Allan Peetz, MD

    Assistant Professor , Surgery/Trauma
  • Sarah Rohde, MD

    Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

    Dr. Sarah Rohde was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She received her both undergraduate degree (2000) and medical degree (2004) from The University of Virginia. For post graduate training, Dr. Rohde came to Vanderbilt and completed a surgical internship and otolaryngology residency in 2009. She continued her training at Vanderbilt completing a Head and Neck surgical oncology and reconstructive microvascular surgery fellowship in 2010. In 2010, she began her career at Vanderbilt as an Assistant Professor. Her interests include endocrine surgery, microvascular free flap reconstruction of the head and neck, and treatment of head and neck cancer. She is a member of the Admissions Committee, a CCX mentor, and an ongoing mentor to undergraduate students through AED. Other interests include yearly medical mission trips to East Africa and research mentoring to otolaryngology residents and fellows. She is married to Robert Herring, a high school Spanish teacher at Ensworth High School, and has two children (Robert age 4 and William age 3).  She enjoys running half marathons and traveling.