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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center



James Nichols, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (615) 343-5708
Fax: (615) 343-9563

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
The Vanderbilt Clinic, TVC 4918
Nashville, TN 37232

Associate Directors:

Jennifer Colby, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (615) 615-875-9377 (Phone)
Fax: (615) 343-9563


Affiliated Institutions:

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

Faculty and Research Interests:

Maryann Thompson Arildsen, MD

Hematology, Urinalysis

Garrett S Booth, MD, MS

Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization

Jennifer Colby, PhD Toxicology, TDM, Mass Spectrometry

Sheila Dawling, PhD

Sports Anti-Doping, Pain Management, LC/MS/MS

Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD

Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization

James Nichols, PhD, DABCC

Point of care testing, informatics, evidence based medicine

Carol Rauch, MD, PhD

Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship

Jonathan E Schmitz, MD, PhD

Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship

Gregory Sephel, PhD

Wound healing and angiogenesis

Aaron Shaver, M.D., Ph.D.

Immunopathology, Electrophoresis, Flow Cytometry

Chanjuan Shi, MD

Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics

Richard S Steece, PhD, D (ABMM)

Public Health, Newborn Screening

Charles W Stratton, MD

Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship

Cindy Vnencak-Jones, PhD, FACMG

Molecular Genetics

Allison P Wheeler, MD

Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization

Ferrin Wheeler, PhD, FACMG

Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics

Zahra Shajani Yi, PhD, NRCC

Endocrinology, General Chemistry, Test Utilization


Program Listing:

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Positions accepted by graduates since 2002:
3 academic medical center
1 healthcare network
2 industry
1 academic institution

1 every two years
2 years
PGY1 housestaff

Application Procedure:


PhD or MD with adequate chemistry credit hours to qualify for ABCC examination


Submit letter of interest, CV, and three letters of reference to Dr. James Nichols at


September 1, 2018 for July 1, 2019 fellowship position

Program Description:

Vanderbilt'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'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.