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Portfolio Coaches

Portfolio Coaches (PCs) play a vital role in the VUSM advising system. Upon matriculation, every student is assigned a PC with whom they will consult throughout medical school. PCs guide students toward informed self-assessment and life-long learning. They help students critically appraise data about their performance and translate those assessments into action plans for future learning. Kendra Parekh, M.D., coordinates the PC program.

Rachel Kathryn Price Apple, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Kelly Birdwell, M.D., M.S.C.I.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology

Milam Brantley, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Rebekah Flowers Brown, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary

Charlotte Morrigan Brown, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Mark A. Clay, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology

Elizabeth Davis, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology

Neerav Desai, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Leslie Fowler, M.Ed.
Director of Educational Development and Research, Office of Educational Affairs

Cynthia S. Gadd, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Informatics

Martin Gallagher, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology

Joseph Gigante, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Melissa Hilmes, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Radiology & Radiological Sciences

Ashley Karpinos, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Med Peds / Sports Medicine

Susan Kroop, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division – Administration

Christopher Lee, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Victor J. Legner, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Reid Longmuir, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Sanjay R. Mohan, M.D., M.S.C.I.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Olalekan Oluwole, M.B.B.S., M.P.H
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Kendra Papson Parekh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

A. Scott Pearson, M.D.
Professor of Surgery

Heather A. Ridinger, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Sarah Rohde, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Clinic

Melanie Schuele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences

John Seibert, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Assistant Professor Otolaryngology

Aaron Shaver, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology

Elizabeth Shultz, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

John Stafford, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metab Division

Yasas Tanguturi, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Brian E. Wadzinski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

William (Bill) Walsh, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics

Alissa Weaver, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cancer Biology

Amy S. Whigham, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Carmen Wolfe, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

John Zic, M.D., M.M.H.C.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Dermatology