Department of Thoracic Surgery
Administrative Office
609 Oxford House
1313 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37232-4682
Phone: (615) 322-0248
Fax: (615) 936-7003

Thoracic Surgery Clinic
1710 The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232-5734
Phone: (615) 322-0064

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Clinic Nurse

PinkardKaren Pinkard, BS Biology, RN, BSN (615) 322-0492
Karen graduated from the University of Tennessee with a baccalaureate degree in Biology in 1978. She pursued graduate studies and received her first nursing degree in 1987, finishing first in her class. She then attended the University of South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1991. She has a varied clinical background including intensive care nursing for over 10 years. Karen joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery in September 2007.

Nurse Practitioners

GardnerMegan Gardner, BSN, NP
Megan graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University in 2008 with honors. Her nursing background includes thoracic surgery, critical care, and general medicine. She joined the thoracic surgery team in October 2008.

Breanne OsborneBreanne Osborne, BSN,NP
Breanne graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed her Masters in nursing in 2003 from Vanderbilt University. Her nursing background includes neurosurgery, critical care, trauma, cardiac, and thoracic surgery. She joined the thoracic team in August 2003.


Shaw, Amanda M, NP in Acute


Kristin Werking, BSN, NP
Kristin received her bachelors in nursing from Greenville College in Illinois and earned her Masters from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has worked as an emergency room nurse, hospitalist and trauma nurse practitioner prior to joining the Thoracic Surgery team in September of 2009.