Our Sites


Our program is known for its robust research and quality improvement programs and close collaborations with Vanderbilt University and its vast array of resources.  We leverage resources within our VA, across the VA nationally, and those available through our academic affiliate (Vanderbilt), including the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, the Center for Health Services Research,  the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research, the Center for Health Behavior and Health Education, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research, the Center for Quality Aging, the Schools of Management and Education, and the nationally recognized Precision Medicine Initiative and Population Health Initiative, among many others. In addition to nurse and physician fellows/scholars, our site is open to applicants from other clinical health professions.

Faculty at the Nashville VA Quality Scholars site are sought after for their breadth and depth of experience in quality improvement, implementation science, health services research, clinical epidemiology and outcomes research, health behavior, and clinical informatics. Our faculty strive to generate the evidence-basis for the content, processes and structures of clinical care, and designing and implementing transformational change across a wide variety of clinical specialties. There is integration and collaboration across other disciplines to advance population health.

Fellows come to our VAQS site because we individualize their learning plan to fit their needs and future goals and provide close mentorship and guidance for a successful journey.  Physician fellows complete the Vanderbilt MPH program as part of their curriculum, unless they already have such training, in which case we individualize more advanced training. Approximately half of our graduates pursue research based academic careers and half pursue either academic educator or quality leadership/administrative positions. We have an extensive list of faculty with whom fellows can and do work and draw on the outstanding faculty and resources of our VA affiliate, Vanderbilt University. The VA is geographically located within the university and connected to the Vanderbilt Medical Center providing for easy and quick communications and collaborations.

Second Year Fellows

Jasmine Berry, DNP

Erica Koch, MD

Megan Shroder, MD

Katherine Schafer, PhD

First Year Fellows

Anna Gallion, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, EBP-C

Emma Bradley, MD



  • Amy Ratcliff, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Chelsea Rick, DO
  • Christine Kimpel, PhD (c), BSN, RN, MA
  • Matthew Mart, MD, MSCI
  • Natalie Holt, PhD, MA
  • Sarah Welch, DO, MA


  • Laura Rausch, BS, MA, MD
  • Mckenzie Roddy, PhD


  • Caroline Lassen-Greene, PhD
  • Jennifer Wethman, PhD, MBA, RN, NE-BC
  • Milner Staub, MD
  • Morgan Clouse Johnson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Wali Johnson, MD


  • Gretchen C. Edwards, MD
  • Sarah B. Homann, MD


  • Jea Young Min, PharmD
  • Jennifer Lewis, MD
  • Jennifer Robles, MD
  • Lucy Spalluto, MD
  • Robin Mickelson, PhD, RN


  • Amelia Maiga, MD
  • Caroline Presley, MD, MPH
  • Justin Liberman, MD, MPH
  • Rachel Apple, MD, MPH
  • Shawna Bellew, MD, MPH


  • Alvin Jeffery, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN-K, FNP-BC
  • JoEllen Wilson, MD, MPH
  • Leanne Boehm, PhD, RN


  • Kathleene Wooldridge, MD, MPH
  • Thomas Spain, MD, MPH


  • Deonni Stolldrof, RN, MCUR, PhD
  • Katherine Rizzone, MD, MPH
  • Kristy Kummerow, MD, MPH


  • Cecelia Theobald, MD, MPH
  • Lisa Marie Wands, BSN, MS, PhD
  • Matthew Resnick, MD, MPH


  • Alice Bernet, PMHNP-BC
  • Ashley Karpinos, MD, MPH
  • Rebecca Snyder, MD


  • Candace McNaughton, MD, MPH
  • David Willens, MD, MPH
  • Michael Bowen, MD, MPH


  • Carol Callaway-Lane, ACNP-BC
  • Wesley Self, MD, MPH


  • Jacob Hathaway, MD, MPH
  • Jennifer Kiser Green, MD, MPH
  • Philip Ciampa, MD, MPH


  • Neesha Choma, MD, MPH
  • Stephan Russ, MD, MPH


  • Gregg Munson, MD, MPH
  • May Pini, MD, MPH


  • Mary Margaret Huizinga, MD, MPH
  • Robert Huang, MD, MPH


  • Jeffrey Boord, MD, MPH
  • Jennifer Schuberth, MD, MPH


  • William Gregg, MD, MPH


  • Christianne Roumie, MD, MPH
  • Eric Grogan, MD, MPH


  • Richard Wall, MD, MPH


  • Shelley Ellis, MD, MPH


  • Asha Kallianpur, MD, MPH
  • Denise Brown, MD
  • Kathy Poehling, MD, MPH