Robinson Faculty Affiliate Advisors

  • Jake Ark, MD

    Clinical Instructor, TNVA & VUMC Urological Surgery

    Dr. Jacob Ark earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Wittenberg University then headed down south to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2012 under the Robinson Advisory College.  In 2017 he completed his training in Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt and now joins on as faculty and clinical instructor at the Veterans Affairs Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Jacob grew up in a farming community in Springfield, Ohio.  Both of his parents, and both of his sisters, are English teachers.  Although not often in the classroom, resident teaching is a major point of emphasis of Dr. Ark.  In his free time Dr. Ark enjoys cooking, exploring Nashville's restaurant scene, cinema, live music, sports, and being surrounded by family and friends.

  • Tyler Barrett, MD

    Medical Director and Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

    Dr. Tyler W. Barrett obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor followed by his doctorate at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  He completed an Emergency Medicine residency and chief resident year at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005.  Dr. Barrett then joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  In 2008, he was awarded an institutional research development grant and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree in 2010.  He currently serves as Medical Director and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. His clinical goals are quality improvement, multidisciplinary patient care pathways, and reimbursement related issues.  His research goals are to improve the emergency department management of atrial fibrillation utilizing risk stratification to augment physician decision-making. Tyler serves as an Emergency Medicine Team Physician for the Nashville Predators and on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Youth Hockey League. When not at the hospital, Tyler spends time with his wife, Kelly, and 2 boys, Ryan and Jack, at their various school and sporting events.

  • Beatrice Concepcion, MD

    Assistant Professor, Nephrology, Kidney Transplant Program

    Dr. Bea Concepcion grew up in the Philippines where she attended medical school. After graduation she moved to the U.S. and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at RUSH in Chicago, and a Transplant Nephrology fellowship here at Vanderbilt.  She went home for a couple of years after fellowship before returning to Vanderbilt in 2013 to join the faculty as a transplant nephrologist.  She is a clinician educator and regularly works with medical students in the clinic and on the floors. She also teaches physical diagnosis to the 1st years which is something she enjoys immensely. Lately, she has dived into the world of #SoMe and Nephrology education – please follow her on Twitter @KidneyBea_n.  Outside of medicine, she enjoys rooting for her favorite tennis player Rafa Nadal and her favorite team the Chicago Cubs, going out for dinner/drinks and a movie with her husband, and travelling around the country and the world. 

  • Travis Crook, MD

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

  • Nick Desai, MD

    Adolescent Medicine

    Dr Desai is trained in internal medicine and pediatrics and is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics in the division of adolescent medicine.  He trains medical students, residents, and fellows. He is director for the Nicaragua global health course and participates in CCX, VPIL, portfolio advising, and CBL. 
    His hobbies include travel and hiking. 

  • Rachel Forbes

    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

    In 2001, Dr. Forbes received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Classical Studies from Vanderbilt University and earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

    Post-Graduate Education:
    In 2010, Dr. Forbes  completed her General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. She completed her Fellowship at Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Transplant Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. 

  • Ashley Karpinos, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Med Peds / Sports Medicine

    Ashley Karpinos, MD, MPH graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kenyon College and Alpha Omega Alpha from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt where she then earned a Master of Public Health as a VA Quality Scholars Fellow. She also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt.  
    Dr. Karpinos practices primary care focusing on the health needs of athletes and physically active individuals and serves as a sports medicine consultant for musculoskeletal injuries.  She is the team physician for Vanderbilt Cross Country, Swimming, and Track & Field.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Karpinos lives in Nashville with her husband and sons. She enjoys swimming and running.

  • Janice Law, MD


    Dr. Janice Law, is a Vitreo-retinal surgeon at Vanderbilt Eye Institute and the Associate Residency Program Director in Ophthalmology since joining the faculty in 2009. Dr. Law plays a very active role in developing curricula and her research involves assessing teaching and learning within ophthalmic education.  Dr. Law is a participant in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program, class of 2015 and she is the 2015 recipient of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute Bridge Award given to outstanding faculty educators.  With two small boys at home, she and her husband, Wee Ng stay very busy.  However, they do find time together to enjoy the art and business of photography.

  • Sandi Moutsios, MD


    Dr. Sandra Moutsios grew up in Stow, Ohio and then moved with her family to south Florida and attended high school in West Palm Beach. She went to Duke University for bio-medical engineering, and then back to the University of Florida for medical school. She came to Nashville in 1993 to start her residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) at Vanderbilt. She was a chief resident in pediatrics in 1997-98, and then joined the faculty as the first med-peds residency program director.

    She is still the program director for the med-peds program and enjoys working with the med-peds residents in supporting their professional development, even as she has expanded her academic roles to include more teaching with medical students. Starting July 2011, she became one of the advisory college directors for Robinson College. She was excited to be a part of the new colloquium for the first year students through that role, and to be a part of the evolving Curriculum 2.0 for all students. Also in 2011, she assumed the role of Master Clinical Teacher and enjoys being involved with the clinical students through the medicine clerkship in weekly preceptor small groups and as an MCT.

    Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her three sons. She enjoys hunting for fossils, crawfish, arrowheads, geodes, crystals and anything else her boys want to search for in their creek.

  • Natasha Janelle Schneider, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

    Dr. Natasha Schneider was raised in South Florida where she was active regionally and nationally in water polo. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard in Biology. She graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2005 and completed her internal medicine training at Vanderbilt. She served as Chief Resident from 2008-2009. She then went on to complete her gastroenterology fellowship followed by an additional year of training in transplant hepatology at Vanderbilt. She is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology. She joined the faculty in 2013 and since joining the faculty she has served as the Associate Director for the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and her three children as well as running and climbing.

  • Eli E Zimmerman, MD

    Assistant Professor, Neurology

    Dr. Eli Zimmerman, who is originally from Lexington, Kentucky went to Washington University in St. Louis as an undergraduate, and then attended Vanderbilt for medical school, where he was a Robinson Raven since the advisory colleges began in 2007, even serving as an SAA in his fourth year. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2010 and stayed for his internship in internal medicine prior to leaving for Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston for neurology residency, including a year as chief resident, as well as a vascular neurology fellowship. He returned to Vanderbilt in July 2015 to join the neurology faculty. He serves as the director of Brain, Behavior, and Movement, co-directs the neurology clerkship and two neurology ACEs, and is the Vascular Neurology fellowship director. He was honored to receive the residents’ teaching award for the most outstanding teaching attending in his first year on faculty. He is thrilled to be a Robinson FAA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, cuddling with his cavapoo, Louis, baking, eating, and spending time with friends and family.