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Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
Faculty Updates
February 23, 2018

Two Department of Pediatrics faculty transitioned to new roles on January 1, 2018.

Kris Rehm, M.D., has taken on an expanded role for the Department, serving as Vice Chair for outreach activities. She will also lead a new division to provide a home for faculty who primarily work outside of the main campus and OHO. Kris has been the founding director of the Division of Hospital Medicine, which has grown under her leadership. In her new role, she will work with hospital leadership, the department and outside partners to continue to build our services in the region and across the state. She will continue with her current roles in the Chief of Staff’s office.

Derek Williams, M.D., has agreed to serve as the new Division Chief of Hospital Medicine, replacing Dr. Rehm. Derek has already made terrific contributions in his research program, as well as his contributions to the field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at a national level. He is an accomplished clinician, teacher and educator, and has an R01-funded research program focusing on pediatric pneumonia, for which he is an international expert. He has articulated a very exciting vision for the Division’s clinical care, teaching and scholarship programs.

Bill Walsh Retires as Chief of Nurseries

In a career spanning over four decades, with 25 of those years as chief of Nurseries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, William Walsh, M.D., has focused on caring for some of the hospital’s tiniest and sickest patients.

Along the way, Walsh has impacted policy, trained future providers and championed innovative treatments. He has published more than five dozen articles, given more than 100 invited lectures, taken care of thousands of babies and mentored too many people to count.

On May 1 2017, he stepped down as chief of Nurseries, passing the baton to Melinda Markham, M.D., who assumed the role of medical director of Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Vanderbilt. Read the full article.

Faculty New Hires- September 1, 2017- February 1, 2018

  • Stephanie Attarian, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Neonatology
  • Lana Boursoulian, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonary Medicine
  • Robert Carnahan, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases
  • Anna Childers, M.S. – Assistant in Pediatrics, Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Hongwei Dong, M.D., Ph.D. – Research Assistant Professor, Neurology
  • Leah Holmes, M.S.N. – Assistant in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine
  • Tina Manshadi, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Shari Neul, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology
  • Ardina Pruijssers, Ph.D. – Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
  • Jay Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H. – Research Professor, Office of the Chair
  • Laura Sochacki, M.S.N., A.P.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C. – Assistant in Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology
  • Dennis Stokes, M.D., M.P.H. – Professor, Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonary Medicine
  • Jordan Trotter, M.S.N., R.N., P.N.P.-P.C. – Assistant in Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
  • Sara Zarnegar-Lumley, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology

Promotions since September 1, 2017

  • Eric Austin, M.D., M.S.C.I. – Associate Professor with tenure, Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonary medicine
  • Sarah Jaser, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Endocrinology
  • Paul E. Moore, M.D. – Professor, Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonary Medicine
  • Ngochanh Vu, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Neurology

First-Year Fellows


  • Wubishet Belay, M.D., Loma Linda University
  • William McEachern, M.D., M.P.H., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Aryaz Sheybani, M.D., University of New Mexico


  • Shannon Walker M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
  • Matt Clark M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center


  • Meredith Campbell, M.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • Lindsey Knake, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lindsay Sternad, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Keadrea Wilson, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Emergency Medicine

  • Thao-Phuong “Christy” Hallett, M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Jaycelyn Holland, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Duy Tran, D.O., Sinai Hospital of Baltimore


  • Jacob Kaslow, M.D., University of Louisville Hospital
  • Shaina W. Johnson, M.D., Duke University Medical Center

Critical Care

  • Benedicto Fernandes, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Illinois
  • Kimberley Harper, M.D., Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Michael Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Shawn Sood, M.D., The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine


  • Dan Tilden, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Sara Duffus, M.D., University of North Carolina


  • Rachel Bernard, M.D., Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge
  • Bo Cox, M.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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