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David Robertson, MD, David Elton Yates Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Neurology,

Director of Clinical Research Center

Director of Center for Space Physiology & Medicine, Center for Molecular Neuroscience

Research interest Autonomic nervous system; blood pressure regulation; noradrenergic neuronal function; catecholamines; neurodegenerative disease; gastropressor response to water ingestion 

Patient Care Interests Autonomic Disorders, Baroreflex Failure, Hypotension, Syncope

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



Italo Biaggioni, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

Associate Director, Clinical Research Center

Research interest Adenosine, Nitric Oxide and Autonomie Interactions in Cardiovascular Regulation

Patient Care Interests Autonomic Dysfunction, Orthostatic Hypotension, Syncope

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


Cyndya Shibao, MD, Assistant Professor,  Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Research Interests Contribution of Visceral Fat to Sympathetic Activation in Obesity, 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.

Residency Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2008
Internship  Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vanderbilt University, 2007
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 Certified in Internal Medicine, 2009


amandaAmanda C. Peltier, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research interest Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome, and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Identification of secondary endpoints for clinical trials in neuropathy using QSART skin biopsy and nerve conduction studies.

MS University of Michigan, 2005
Fellowship University of Michigan, 2005
Internship University of Michigan, 1998-1999
MD Ohio University , 1998
BA  Denison University, 1994


muldowney   James (Huck) Muldowney III, MD, FACC, Assistant  Professorof Medicine, Division of Cardiology

  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 Certified Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine, 2005
 Board Certified Cardiovascular Diseases - American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006



Jordan Kimmet, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Instructor in Medicine

Orginally from East Tennessee, Jordan graduatied with honors from teh University of North CArolina at Chapel Hill with her bachelor's degree in nursing.  Following graduation, she moved back to Knoxville to work at the University of Tennessee  (UT) Medical Center on a cardiothoracic surgical step-down unit.  There she provided nursing care to patients following cardiac surgery as well as patients with heart failure, arrhythmias, and blood pressure issues.

While working at UT Medical Center, Jordan served on the hospitals professional development committee and helped promote nursing continuing education by serving on the nursing grand rounds committee.  Jordan attended the University of Tennessee and graduated at the top of her class with a Master of Science in nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program.  She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

MSN University of Tennessee
BS  Nursing, Universtiy of North Carolina, Chapel HIll, NC

reginaallen Regina Allen, Pre-appointment Coordinator 

Luis Okamoto, MD,

Research interest Role of the autonomic nervous system in circadian rhythms, pathophysiology and treatment of supine hypertension and orthostatic hypotension in autonomic failure, chronic fatigue syndrome.

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


Andre Diedrich, MD, PhD Research Professor of Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; autonomic cardiovascular control; blood pressure regulation; muscle sympathetic neural activity.


BA Mathematics and Physics, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany, 1979 
MD 2nd Medical Institute in Moscouw, Russia, 1958
Medical Cybernetics 2nd Medical Institute in Moscouw, Russia, 1985 

Internship Charite Hospital, Humboldt University, Berlin Germany, 1986 Residency Charite Hospital, Humboldt University Berlin Germany, 1990
PhD  Charite Hospital, Humboldt University in Berlin, 1991
Fellowship -European Space Agency, Visiting Scientist Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996
Fellowship  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1997

Licensure / Certification:
Dipl. Mediziner; Dr. Med. (Germany)


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

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; dopamine; dopamine-beta-hydroxylase; blood pressure regulation; blood volume

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

BS Duke University, Psychology, 1973


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

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

MSCI  Vanderbilt University, 2008
Fellowship  Vanderbilt University, 2002 - 2005
Visiting Scholar  Oxford University. UK, 2001 - 2002
M.D. Degree  Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru, 1999
Internship  Hospital Cayetano Heredia. Lima-Peru, 1996 - 1998
Bachelor of Human Medicine  Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru. Degree, 1998


Amy Arnold, PhD
Research Instructor

Research Interest:  The altered role of peptide neurotransmitters and receptors in the neural control of the circulation in conditions associated with autonomic dysfunction.

BS, Pacific University, 2004
PhD, Wake Forest University, 2009


Rose M. Robertson, MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Chief Science Officer, American Heart Association

Research interest: Autonomic nervous system; autonomic cardiovascular control; blood pressure regulation; syncope; neurodegenerative disease; ethnic differences in cardiovascular control; cardiovascular disease in women.