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biaggioni

Italo Biaggioni, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology; Director, Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center

Research Interests- Neural (autonomic) and metabolic (adenosine, nitric oxide, and angiotensin) interactions in cardiovascular regulation, autonomic disorders, and autonomic mechanisms in obesity Hypertension.

Patient Care Interests- Autonomic Dysfunction, Orthostatic Hypotension, Supine Hypertension, afferent Baroreflex Failure, and Syncope.

Education
Fellowship- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1977
Residency- Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Perú
Post-Graduate Training- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Internship- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú
M.D. Degree- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 1978

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davidDavid Robertson, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Neurology

Founder of the Autonomic Dysfunction Center

Former Director of the Autonomic Dysfunction Center and the Clinical Research Center

Former Director of the Center for Space Physiology & Medicine and the Center for Molecular Neuroscience

Education
Fellowship- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1977
Residency- Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 1975
Internship- Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 1974
M.D. Degree- Vanderbilt University, 1973

Publications

cyndyaCyndya Shibao, MD, MSCI, FAHA, FAAS, Associate  Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Research Interests- Treatment of Neurogenic Orhtostatic Hypotension, Norepinephrine Transporter Inhibitors, Racial Difference in Autonomic Contribution to Hypertension in Obesity, Autonomic Contribution to Energy Metabolism, Clinical Trials in Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension and Postprandial Hypotension, Comparative Effectiveness and Safety in Orthostatic Hypotension Drugs, and epidemiology of Orthostatic Hypotension.

Education
Residency- Internal Medicine Residency Program Research Pathway, Vanderbilt University, 2008
Internship- Internal Medicine Residency Program Research Pathway, Vanderbilt University, 2007
Research Fellowship- Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, 2003
M.D. Degree- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001
Bachelor of Human Medicine- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001

Board Certification
Autonomic Disorder, 2011
Internal Medicine, 2009

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amanda

Amanda C. Peltier, MD, MSAssociate Professor of Neurology and Medicine

Research Interests- Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Amyloid Neuropathy, autonomic disorsers, and identification of secondary endpoints for clinical trials in Neuropathy.

 

Education
MS- University of Michigan, 2005
Fellowship- University of Michigan, 2005
Internship- University of Michigan, 1998 - 1999
MD- Ohio State University, 1998

Certification
Neuromuscular Medicine, 2008
Neurology, 2003

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muldowney

James (Huck) Muldowney III, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Patient Care Interests- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Syncope, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia, Autonomic Failure, Autonomic Function Testing, Tilt Table Testing, General Cardiology, Transesophageal Echocardiography, and anticoagulation therapy.

Education
Fellowship- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2006
Residency- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Internship- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2000
MD- Vanderbilt University, 1999

Board Certification
Echocardiography- National Board of Echocardiography, 2011
Cardiovascular Diseases- American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006

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ralfRalf C. Habermann, MD, MMHC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Autonomic Dysfunction Center & Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Nashville campus; Medical Director, Bethany Center for Vanderbilt Primary Care Village, Kindred Hospice, and Mur-Ci Homes.

Patient Care Interests- Geriatric medicine, palliative care, rehabilitation and healing, and autonomic dysfunction.

Education
Fellowship- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2000
Residency- Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, 1995
MD- Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
Master of Management Healthcare- Vanderbilt University

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MorganeMorgane Giesecke, MSN, FNP-C

Morgane graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. She started working in ICU and later moved to KY where she worked as a cardiac ICU nurse caring for critically-ill cardiac patients and those post-open heart surgery. She also received her critical care nursing certification and was involved in numerous activities to promote nursing education and patient care. 

Morgane moved to Nashville with her family and later graduated with high honors and a Master of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She is also a member of the AANP and the American Autonomic Society. 

Education
MSN- Frontier Nursing University, KY
BS- State University of New York at Plattsburgh, NY

andreAndré Diedrich, MD, PhD, Research Professor of Medicine & Biochemical Engineering, Paul Dudley White International Scholar

Research Interests- The autonomic nervous system, autonomic cardiovascular control, blood pressure regulation, and muscle sympathetic neural activity.

Education
Fellowship-  Vanderbilt University, 1997
Fellowship- European Space Agency, Visiting Scientist Virginia Commenwealth University, 1996
PhD- Charite Hospital, Humboltd University, Berlin, Germany, 1991
Residency- Charite Hospital Humboltd University, Berlin, Germany, 1990
Internship- Charite Hospital Humboltd University, Berlin, Germany, 1986

Medical Cybernetics- 2nd Medical Institute in Moscow, Russia, 1985
MD- 2nd Medical Institute in Moscow, Russia, 1985
BA- Mathematics and Physics, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany, 1979

Licensure/Certification
Dr. med (PhD), Germany
Dipl. Mediziner (MD), Germany

Award
Paul Dudley White International Scholar, American Heart Association, Joint Hypertension Scientific Sessions, 2018

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emilyEmily M. Garland, PhD, MSCI, Research Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacology

Research Interests- The autonomic nervous system, dopamine, dopamine-beta-hydroxylase, blood pressure regulation, blood volume, progression of autonomic disorders, and biomarkers useful for the disease diagnosis and progression.

Education
MSCI- Vanderbilt University, 2005
PhD- University of Maryland, Biochemical Pharmacology, 1982

BSDuke University, Psychology, 1973

Publications

alfredoAlfredo Gamboa, MD, MSCI, FAHA, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests- Interactions between the autonomic nervous system and nitric oxide in the regulation of blood pressure in normal physiology and disease states, and the impact of increased sympathetic activity on impaired nitric oxide function as seen in obesity-associated Hypertension.

Education
MSCIVanderbilt University, 2008
Fellowship- Vanderbilt University, 2002 - 2005
Visiting ScholarOxford University. UK, 2001 - 2002
M.D. DegreeUniversidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 1999
InternshipHospital Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 1996 - 1998
Bachelor of Human MedicineUniversidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Perú, 1998

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luis

Luis Okamoto, MD, Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests- Role of the autonomic nervous system in splanchnic capacitance and circadian rhythms, pathophysiology and treatment of Supine Hypertension and Orthostatic Hypotension in Autonomic Failure, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.                        

Education
Fellowship- Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2007
MD- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001
Bachelor of Human Medicine- Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú, 2001

Publications

 Adjunct Faculty

amyAmy Arnold, PhD, Assistant Professor 
 

Research Interests- Role of renin-angiotensin system in regulation of blood pressure and energy balance in animal models and clinical populations; pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular autonomic disorders including Primary Autonomic Failure and Postural Tachycardia; and cognitive dysfunction in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. 

Education
MSCI- Vanderbilt University, 2014
PhD- Wake Forest University, 2009

BSPacific University, 2004

Publications

Rose M. Robertson, MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Chief Science Officer, American Heart Association

Research Interests- Autonomic nervous system, autonomic cardiovascular control, blood pressure regulation, Syncope, neurodegenerative disease, ethnic differences in cardiovascular control, and cardiovascular disease in women.

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