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2019-2020 Pediatric Residency Leadership


Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCPThis is a phenomenal time to become a pediatrician. We stand at the threshold of advances that will improve the lives of children throughout the world. Our commitment to this goal is built on providing residents with challenging clinical and research experiences under the guidance of renowned faculty.

Our residents work together and learn together in a supportive, diverse and collaborative environment. We have a thriving Children's Hospital with an established commitment to the Pediatric Residency Program.

Travel and Leisure ranked Nashville first in their list of America’s best cities for music. The New York Times calls Nashville “One of the Top Place that Young College Graduates are Choosing to Live” and Zagat named us “One of America’s Next Hot Food Cities.”

We have a long and established tradition of academic excellence, and we invite you to learn more about our program and our city. Most importantly, we invite you to visit and meet our residents, faculty, and staff who are the heart and soul of this program.


Steve Webber, MBChB, MRCP
James C. Overall Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Residency Program Director

Rebecca Swan, M.D.Rebecca Swan, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Swan completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and went on to residency training, followed by a year as chief resident, at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. She spent three years in a community practice in Phoenix before moving to Nashville in 1997 to pursue a career in academic pediatrics. She was named the Associate Residency Program Director in 2000 and took over the helm in 2002.

In addition to her role as residency program director, Dr. Swan serves as an attending on the inpatient general pediatric service and preceptor in the General Pediatric Primary Care clinic. She is active in childhood literacy, founding the local chapter of Reach Out and Read at the Vanderbilt outpatient clinic. She also serves on the International Leadership Committee, reflecting her interest in global health and helping residents pursuing overseas electives. As an Assistant Dean, Dr. Swan chairs the Graduate Medical Education Committee and oversees faculty development for graduate medical education across the institution.

Dr. Swan is married to Dr. Michael Swan, a urogynecologist, and has two children, Noah and Ella.


Whitney Browning, M.D.Associate Residency Director

Whitney Browning, M.D. 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hospital Medicine 

After completing undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Browning moved to Nashville for pediatric residency at Vanderbilt where she also served as chief resident. Following training, Dr. Browning remained at Vanderbilt as faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Her clinical interests include caring for children with a wide variety of inpatient pediatric conditions and exploring ways to ensure quality, evidence-based care through quality improvement initiatives such as development of clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Browning has always had a great interest in resident education, especially in the clinical setting, and was excited to take on the role of Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program in the fall of 2012.

In her spare time, she enjoys Nashville's amazing food and music scenes, outdoor activities, and SEC sporting events.


Alison Herndon, M.D.Assistant Residency Director

Alison Herndon, M.D, M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Herndon completed medical school at the University of Colorado, followed by residency and a year as chief resident at the University of North Carolina. She moved to Nashville, joining the Vanderbilt faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2015. Her clinical interests include caring for children in the inpatient setting and coordinating care for children with complex medical problems. Dr. Herndon has been interested in resident education since her chief year and enjoys her time as the core faculty director for the general inpatient wards rotation. Areas of interest include fostering resident autonomy and ownership on the inpatient teams and novel approaches for remediation.

In her spare time, Dr. Herndon enjoys spending time with her two rescue pups, exploring the awesome music scene, and finding the best tater tots in town. 

Devang J. Pastakia, M.D.Assistant Residency Director

Devang J. Pastakia, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Divison of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Pastakia received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey and completed pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He remained in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area for his Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship in the combined NIH/Johns Hopkins program, joining our faculty in 2011. Dr. Pastakia's main clinical focus is pediatric neuro-oncology and has worked closely with multiple subspecialists to help build the pediatric brain tumor program at Vanderbilt. He has been involved in medical education since joining the faculty, currently serving as the core faculty member for the pediatric hematology-oncology rotation in addition to working closely with the pediatric hematology fellows as the associate fellowship director and clinical mentor. He looks forward to becoming more involved in resident recruitment, education, and career development.

In his free time, Dr. Pastakia spends as much time as possible with his wife and two boys enjoying sports and all that Nashville has to offer. 

Renee G. VanDeVoorde, III, M.D.Assistant Residency Director

Rene G. VanDeVoorde, III, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Divison of Pediatric Nephrology

Dr. VanDeVoorde completed both undergraduate and medical education at Vanderbilt University. After pediatric internship and service as a General Medical Officer with the U.S. Navy, he finished his residency training, chief residency and fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. VanDeVoorde returned to Vanderbilt in 2016. He serves as a preceptor to medical students, residents, and subspecialty fellows rotating through the Pediatric Nephrology clinic and in-patient service. He looks forward to optimizing pediatric subspecialty educational experiences for trainees of all levels, in addition to continued work with recruitment and curriculum oversight.

Outside of the hospital, he enjoys time with his wife, Nicole, and their two sons, following Vanderbilt and Nashville sports teams.

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