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AcharyaVandita Acharya, M.D.

Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
College: University of Miami
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Vandita grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended the University of Miami for undergrad where she majored in Psychology. She chose to stay in Miami for medical school (Go ‘Canes!), and in her spare time, she enjoys running, coffee, finding new restaurants, and live music. Vandita is thrilled to be in Nashville for pediatric training at Vanderbilt.

AndersonZach Anderson, M.D.

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
College: University of Florida
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.

Zach was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. He continued his education at the University of Florida College of Medicine where his interest in pediatrics was cultivated and grew into a passion. He and his wife Mia were married in June of 2015 and they couldn’t be happier. He is interested in pediatric cardiology, emergency medicine, and neonatology. Outside of medicine, Zach enjoys fly fishing, grilling, woodworking, photography, and hiking. He is extremely excited to be training at Vanderbilt and to explore the city of Nashville.

CurryTaylor Curry, M.D.

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
College: Purdue University
Hometown: Noblesville, In.

Taylor was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was raised in the city of Noblesville. Despite growing up in a die-hard IU family, she chose to attend Purdue University for her undergraduate education, where she earned a degree in Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She then remained in her home-state for medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Taylor finds joy in trail runs, soccer games, live music, black coffee, ice cream, water sports, bookstores, and her family. Many of her favorite memories took place at her family's home on Lake Lemon. She is a proud cat-mom to Scout, the most food-obsessed feline you will ever meet. For Taylor, the move to Nashville represents an opportunity to learn, to explore, and to grow. She couldn’t be more excited to do her pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt.

DaltonEvan Dalton, M.D.

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
College: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Houston, Tx.

Evan was born outside of Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Houston, Texas as the oldest of three children. He spent the best four years of his life as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt, where he majored in Biomedical Engineering and Economics, and met his wife, Allyson. Evan then returned home to Houston and attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Evan is an all-around sports fanatic, with a passion for football and soccer. A retired swimmer, he can be found exercising on land these days – playing tennis, running, or biking. Evan is so excited to come back to Nashville as a part of the Vanderbilt Pediatrics family.

DalyChris Daly, M.D.

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
College: University of Virginia
Hometown: Richmond, Va.

Chris was born and raised alongside his twin sister in Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for his undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology and Spanish. He spent a year off working with the fisheries department in Yellowstone National Park and volunteering as an English teacher in Brazil before returning to UVA for his medical degree. During medical school, Chris enjoyed time working with global health opportunities in Guatemala and continuing to explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Chris spends as much of his free time as possible in the outdoors, and his passions include fly-fishing, hiking, climbing, traveling, and backpacking. Chris is also an avid fan of cooking and live music, and along with the outdoor potential of Tennessee, he is extremely excited to take advantage of the wonderful music and food scene in Nashville. Despite a long upbringing in Virginia, Chris can’t think of a better place for his pediatric training than Vanderbilt.

DohertyKatie Doherty, M.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
College: Wellesley College
Hometown: Lexington, Mass.

Katie was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts. She stayed in Massachusetts for her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Chemistry. Following graduation, Katie joined the Medical Practice Evaluation Center at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical research assistant for two years, where she evaluated health policy outcomes for pediatric HIV. She then moved to Nashville to complete medical school at Vanderbilt University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and playing intramural soccer and softball. She is thrilled to stay in Nashville for her pediatric residency and looks forward to continue exploring the great food and music here in “Music City.”

DrawbridgeNicole Drawbridge, M.D.

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Dallas, Tx.

Nicole grew up in Dallas, Texas with one younger sister. She attended the University of North Carolina where she became an avid Tar Heel basketball fan and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. After graduating, Nicole worked for two years in a biochemistry and neuropsychiatry lab, first at UT Southwestern and then at the University of Iowa. She returned home to the Lone Star State to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine where she cultivated her interests in global health and medical ethics. In addition to a love of pediatrics, Nicole enjoys traveling, podcasts, reading, going to concerts, trying new recipes and restaurants, college football and, of course, Carolina basketball. Nicole is thrilled to now call Nashville home and be a part of the Vanderbilt Pediatrics family.


Carolyn Dress, M.D.

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
College: Purdue University
Hometown: Plymouth, Mi.

Carolyn grew up in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan as the youngest of three girls. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she originally began as a food science major (and took a whole course on ice cream flavors). After graduating with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, Carolyn worked for a year in a hematology lab before matriculating to Wayne State in Detroit for medical school. Outside of medicine, Carolyn loves cooking, taking barre classes, and finding new restaurants to try with her husband, Kyle. Kyle and Carolyn first fell in love with Nashville during a vacation and have had their eyes on Vanderbilt ever since. She is absolutely thrilled to be training at Vanderbilt, and they are excited to explore their new home.

GallettaThomas Galletta, M.D.

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
College: University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Parma, Oh.

Thomas (“Tom”) grew up in Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He ventured to the neighboring state of Pennsylvania to study bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!). Tom returned to the Buckeye State to work in laboratory research and eventually attend the Northeast Ohio Medical University for his medical degree. Between his first two years of medical school, Tom had his first taste of Nashville (and Hattie B’s hot chicken) while at Vanderbilt conducting summer research on pancreatic beta cells. Outside of pediatrics, Tom’s interests include live music (yes, he owns cowboy boots), craft beer tasting, OrangeTheory fitness classes, and enjoying beautiful weather and great food. He is interested in pursuing a career in pediatric hematology/oncology. Excited to leave some things (the Great Lakes snowbelt) and sad to leave others (his family dog, Addie), Tom is thrilled to call Nashville his home as a Vanderbilt pediatric resident physician.

HarrisKelly Harris, M.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
College: University of Chicago
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Kelly was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia with her younger sister. She moved to the Midwest for college at the University of Chicago, where she rowed on the crew team and double majored in Religious Studies and Biology. She returned to the South for medical school at Vanderbilt University, where she met and married her husband, Nick Harris, who was in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt. Together, they enjoy running and playing with their two adopted dogs, Brandy and Maxwell. Kelly also loves reading, traveling, movie and TV-show watching, and experiencing new restaurants. She is thrilled to remain in Nashville for her pediatric residency training which includes a year of research in 2019-20.

KillianMary Killian, M.D.

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
College: Princeton University
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Mary grew up in Nashville with her three siblings. She attended Princeton University, where she received her degree in History and was a varsity swimmer on the Princeton Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. After graduating, she moved back south to attend the University of Kentucky for medical school. Mary enjoys running, CrossFit, yoga, and hiking. She loves to cook and has her own cooking blog, Cooking On Call. Mary is thrilled to return to Nashville and to join the Vanderbilt community.

LeeSamantha Lee, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
College: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.

Sam was born and raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Despite her ambivalence toward country music, she fell in love with Nashville during her undergraduate time while studying Biology and Psychology at Vanderbilt (Go Dores!). It was there that she met her husband Brion through their organic chemistry study group. After graduating, she spent a gap year in Washington, D.C. working as an ED scribe and taking theology courses through Reformed Theological Seminary. She later attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Sam loves running, hiking, learning to cook, and being an avid consumer of podcasts. Sam is so excited to be back in Nashville for pediatric residency training at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

ManiaciJon Maniaci, M.D.

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
College: Georgetown University
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.

Jon grew up in the outskirts of Philadelphia in the city of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Although he has not lived in the Philadelphia area since high school, he remains passionate about his cheesesteaks and Philly sports teams. After high school, Jon earned a degree in Human Science at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He fell in love with the Hoyas and decided to remain on the Hilltop to obtain his medical degree from Georgetown University as well. In his free time, you can find Jon playing soccer, golfing, watching his Philadelphia sports teams, or searching for the city’s best new restaurant. He is thrilled to be at Vanderbilt for his pediatric training and can’t wait to explore Nashville’s live music scene and become acquainted with the famous hot chicken and BBQ.

Morgan MartinHannah Martin, M.D.

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
College: Southern Adventist University
Hometown: Madison, Tenn.

Hannah was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She grew up in North Carolina, Arizona, and finally Tennessee. Hannah attended Southern Adventist University where she received a degree in Biology and spent her free time playing intramural sports and running Chattanooga’s hilly roads. During that time, she also met Brett, the love of her life. After graduating from college, Hannah ventured out to sunny southern California for medical school at Loma Linda University. Hannah loves being active outdoors, drinking way too much coffee, traveling, and trying out new restaurants (especially brunch spots). She and her husband are excited to be back in Nashville, and Hannah is thrilled about pediatric training at Vanderbilt.

MurphyMeghan Murphy, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia 
College: University of Georgia
Hometown: Stockbridge, Ga.

Meghan spent the majority of her childhood in Georgia, growing up alongside her two wonderful sisters. She attended the University of Georgia where she double majored in Biology and Psychology. She was lucky enough to stay in Athens, GA for another four years to attend medical school at the Athens regional campus of Medical College of Georgia. Meghan enjoys spending all of her free time outdoors in the company of her beloved dog, Linus. She looks forward to spending the next three years exploring the best parks and hiking trails that Nashville has to offer. She loves live music, organized sports, and funky coffee shops. Meghan is so excited to be part of the Vanderbilt pediatrics team and embrace a new community in Nashville.

NewsomeTori Newsome, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Carolina at Greenville School of Medicine 
College: University of South Carolina
Hometown: North Augusta, S.C.

Tori was born and raised a USC Gamecocks fan in North Augusta, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate studies where she met her husband, Burns, and graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She then traveled to the upstate to attend medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, becoming a member of the second graduating class. She is excited to begin her training in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, explore all that Nashville has to offer, and cheer on another SEC team! Tori enjoys watching college sports, traveling, reading, playing soccer, hiking, looking for shark teeth at Edisto beach, and playing with her always entertaining pets, her cat Tooter and golden retriever Bean.

Pespisa Justin Pespisa, M.D.

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
College: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Hometown: Bedford, Mass.

Justin was born and raised in the ‘burbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He stayed local for college at UMass Amherst and medical school at UMass Medical School. Justin extended his medical school education by one year in order to study Spanish in Guatemala and work at a hospital in Ecuador. In his free time, Justin loves to travel, go out for a good meal, or catch a game of one of his favorite Boston sports teams. Although he has spent most of his life in Massachusetts, he is pumped to be living in Nashville and explore a new part of the country.

RameyKristen Ramey, M.D.

Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine
College: University of South Alabama
Hometown: Sumrall, Miss.

Kristen was born and raised in Sumrall, Mississippi. She attended college at the University of South Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. While in college, Kristen worked as a medical assistant to a Plastic Surgeon who inspired her to become a doctor. During the summer before medical school, Kristen married her high school sweetheart, Taylor – the man responsible for Kristen chanting the words “Roll Tide!” Together, Kristen and Taylor moved back to Mississippi where she attended medical school and fell in love with pediatrics. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, scuba diving, going to the movies, and, of course, cheering for the Crimson Tide! Kristen is excited to explore Nashville and is proud to be training in pediatrics at Vanderbilt.

RansomMeaghan Ransom, M.D.

Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine 
College: George Washington University
Hometown: Pleasant Valley, N.Y.

Meaghan was born and raised in Pleasant Valley, New York. She moved to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University where she ran Division I Cross Country and earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Biological Sciences. After graduating, she continued her studies at GW and completed an MPH in Epidemiology while working in clinical research. She went on to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) working at the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and NIOSH on the World Trade Center Health Program. A proud GW alum, she continued her studies for medical school at GW. In her free time, she still enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and any activity where she can bring her golden retriever, Patriot. Her husband is a Vanderbilt alum and they are both excited to call Nashville home. She is honored to be a part of the Vanderbilt Pediatric Family for her residency training.

SomersAllyson Somers, M.D.

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
College: Clemson University
Hometown: Youngstown, Oh.

Allyson was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Clemson University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Genetics. Allyson then moved to Cincinnati and earned a Master of Science in Medical Genetics. She stayed in Cincinnati for medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In her free time, Allyson enjoys spending time with her dog Brody, college football (Go Tigers!), traveling, and hiking. She is excited to be back in the south for residency training at Vanderbilt and to explore all of the music, food, and outdoor activities Nashville has to offer.

WolfRyan Wolf, M.D.

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
College: Indiana University
Hometown: Fishers, In.

Ryan spent eight years in Illinois before moving to Indiana with his two brothers and sister. He attended Indiana University and majored in Biology. He then stayed in state for medical school, continuing (no matter how difficult) to watch every Hoosier basketball game. Outside of pediatrics, Ryan loves soccer and is an avid cyclist, commuting to work by bike for the past four years. He is thrilled to join the pediatric team at Vanderbilt (where his sister works as a NICU nurse) and try every brunch place in Nashville.

WoolmanPeter Woolman, M.D.

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical College
College: Creighton University
Hometown: Lincoln, Ne.

Peter was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He made a big one hour move away from home to study Biology and Economics at Creighton University of Omaha. In college, Peter developed a love for Latin America. After graduation, he moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia to work and study Spanish. Peter then returned to Nebraska to study medicine. Peter is a diehard Creighton basketball and Liverpool soccer fan. He loves barbecuing with his dad, playing soccer, a good podcast, live music, and writing. He is excited to start laying down roots in Nashville.

WyattJosh Wyatt, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
College: University of Georgia
Hometown: Calhoun, Ga.

Josh was born and raised in the foothills of northwest Georgia. While attending Calhoun High School, Josh met his wonderful wife, Sally. He attended the University of Georgia and majored in exercise and sports science. After graduation, Josh and Sally lived in Seattle, Washington where they worked at a running shop and explored the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Josh later attended the Medical College of Georgia where he discovered his passion for Pediatrics. Outside of medicine, he enjoys outdoor activities, playing/watching sports, live music, traveling, gardening and hanging out with family and friends. He is thrilled to be part of the Vanderbilt pediatric family.

ZakyMarina Zaky, M.D.

Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
College: Austin Peay State University
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Marina was born in Framingham, Massachusetts and grew up in Cairo, Egypt where her family is originally from. She then moved back to United States to the great town of Clarksville, Tennessee where the weather was warm and the people were warmer. She attended Austin Peay State University there alongside teaching at the Red Barn Preschool. While in Clarksville, she discovered her love for the outdoors and took up tennis as a sport. She then moved to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt University and fell in love with the people at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. While in medical school, Marina took on the most amazing friendship and mentor role to the high school girls at her Coptic Orthodox church. She loves spending time with her mentees, dancing at dance-aerobic classes, traveling to new places, and laughing with her family. Marina is super excited to be staying at Vanderbilt and is hoping to emulate her mentors in teaching students with excitement and caring for patients with compassion.

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