Dr. Joseph Gigante was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. He attended medical school at the State University of New York School at Stony Brook School of Medicine, graduating in 1988 and completed his residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in 1991. Dr. Gigante began his Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed his training at Vanderbilt in 1994. In addition to his appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Gigante also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Pediatrics in the Physician Assistant Department at Trevecca Nazarene University and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing.
Dr. Gigante has been involved in medical education at many learner levels and his efforts in teaching have resulted in multiple institutional awards for teaching excellence, including being selected as a Master Clinical Teacher as well as being named a Founding Member of the Academy for Teaching Excellence at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is recognized as an excellent teacher locally, regionally and nationally, having been invited to participate in a number of extramural teaching activities at all three levels. From 2006-2008 he served as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics. He was the pediatrics clerkship director from 2000-2009 and is currently the co-coordinator for the primary care selective for fourth year medical students. He was recently named the Director of Education in the Office of Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics.