(COMACC Certificate No. 140 issued 11/30/02)

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s two-year Clinical Chemistry fellowship provides comprehensive training and experience in analytical, clinical and managerial aspects of the clinical laboratory in a large academic medical center setting. Our fellows receive the unique experience of training in a large academic medical center laboratory with affiliated satellite laboratories across Nashville, and exposure to our reference laboratory service. During the fellowship, the trainee learns principles of chemical pathology, both basic and applied. With Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission in mind, our program combines a strong emphasis on patient care with innovative practices in personalized medicine. Our fellows join a diverse diagnostic management team of physicians and scientists to provide state of the art interpretive reports for select chemistry, endocrine, and toxicology tests. Participation in clinical/translational research projects introduces fellows to recent developments in diagnostic sciences. Successful completion of the program prepares highly qualified physicians/scientists for ABCC board certification and a career as a practicing clinical chemist in academia, community hospital, or industry. Our program received ComACC certification in 2002 and currently has 1 two year fellowship position at a time.

Faculty and Research Interests:

Jennifer Colby, PhD, DABCC

Toxicology, TDM, Mass Spectrometry

Sheila Dawling, Ph.D.

Sports Anti-Doping, Pain Management

James Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC

Point-of-care Testing, Informatics and Evidence-based Medicine

Gregory Sephel, Ph.D.

Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Special Chemistry, Ancillary Testing, Coagulation

Cindy Vnencak-Jones, Ph.D., FACMG

Molecular Genetics 

Affiliated Institutions:

Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Health 100 Oaks, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Program Listing:


Level(s) of training:
Duration of program:
Current trainees:

2 years

Application Procedure:


PhD or MD


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, application*, CV, personal statement, official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) and three letters of recommendation to:

*Application and pertinent information can be found under
Graduate Medical Education 


Applications will be accepted July 1, 2018 through September 1, 2018 for July 1, 2019 fellowship.


James Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC
Telephone: (615) 343-5708
Fax: (615) 343-9563
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pathology
The Vanderbilt Clinic, TVC 4918
Nashville, TN 37232

Past Fellows:

Yenya Hu, MD, PhD (fellow from December 2002 November 2004) is currently a faculty member at Nashville State Community College. Eligible for AACC Board Examination.

Alexandra Belous, MD, PhD (fellow from July 2004 June 2006) is currently working in Clinical Trials for Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN. Eligible for AACC Board Examination.

Elizabeth OKeeffe, PhD (fellow from May 2007 April 2009) was working at the FDA in in vitro diagnostics. Eligible for AACC Board Examination.

Amy Pyle, PhD, DABCC (fellow from July 2009-June 2011) is currently employed as the Assistant Director of Core Laboratory Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Pyle is certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Jessica M. Colon-Franco, PhD, DABCC (fellow from July 2011-June 2013) is currently employed as the Assistant Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Colon-Franco is certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Sarah Njoroge Bissonnette, PhD, DABCC (fellow from July 2013 June 2015) is currently employed as a Clinical Chemist at Marshfield Labs in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Bissonnette is certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.