Research I Faculty

  • Leslie Gewin, MD

    Assistant Professor , Medicine

    Dr. Gewin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology.  Dr. Gewin received her medical degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. In 2005, she came to Vanderbilt University for her nephrology fellowship during which time she became interested in the mechanisms of renal fibrosis and progressive kidney disease. Dr. Gewin currently has a basic science laboratory that focuses on the role of growth factors in renal injury. She has received funding from both the NIH and the Veterans Affairs (VA) to investigate key growth factors such as TGF-beta and Wnt/beta-catenin signaling using mouse injury models. In addition to running a laboratory, Dr. Gewin also supervises a team of physicians on the general medicine wards and renal consult service at the Nashville VA.

  • Scott Pearson, MD

    Associate Professor of Surgery and Center for Medicine, Health and Society

    As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Pearson’s research and clinical interest is colorectal cancer. His research focuses on the cellular biology of colorectal cancer, specifically how the junctional proteins between epithelial cells are dysregulated during carcinogenesis. His laboratory used high-throughput screening to identify small molecules capable of restoring E-cadherin to the cell membrane. From a clinical perspective, Dr. Pearson is interested in how patient narratives form the basic science of clinical medicine and he teaches an undergraduate course on narrative medicine within Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. His further interests include the history of anatomy and anatomical art and he is the author of the novels, Rupture, and Public Anatomy.

  • Todd Rice, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, CASE Course Director

    Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and completed Internal Medicine residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship training at Vanderbilt University where he obtained a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation. He is one of four physician investigators with the Vanderbilt Coordinating Center, which coordinates multicenter international trials in critical illness, especially focusing on sepsis. He also has been the first author on two phase II sepsis intervention studies, on polyclonal anti-TNF antibody and a toll-like receptor 4 antagonist.