25 Years of Service
Each year, Vanderbilt University recognizes those members of the faculty who have just completed twenty-five years of full-time service. Vanderbilt honors these twenty-five year veterans with the presentation of a chair bearing brass plates engraved with the professor’s name and the Vanderbilt logo.
The brief highlights included here cannot begin to do justice to the contributions these faculty have made to Vanderbilt and their disciplines.
Stephen Gary Buckles, Ph.D.
Principal Senior Lecturer in Economics
Stephen Buckles has worked and published research in economic education and economics of education. He, along with a number of contributing authors, has recently published electronic interactive textbooks in introductory economics. He is currently serving on the economic advisory committee for the 2022 economics assessment, part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He served on the design committee for the creation of the Advanced Placement Economics Exam and as chair of the first two AP Economics writing committees. He is currently a senior economic adviser for the Council for Economic Education.
He received the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Vanderbilt, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Science, the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association, and the first Students’ Choice Award in Teaching at Vanderbilt. He has taught more than an estimated 15,000 students during his career at Vanderbilt. He was recognized with the Marvin Bower Award for Outstanding Contributions and Service to Economic Education from the Council for Economic Education.
He has served as a professor of economics at Vanderbilt, president of the Council for Economic Education, and an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Missouri–Columbia. His Ph.D. in economics is from Vanderbilt. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College.
Philip David Charles, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
David Charles graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1986 and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his internship in medicine and his residency in neurology at
Vanderbilt and served as chief resident in neurology before completing a fellowship in movement disorders. Dr. Charles served as a health policy fellow in the United States Senate and a Fulbright senior scholar at the Universitaire de Grenoble in Grenoble, France.
In addition to his appointment as a professor of neurology, Dr. Charles is vice chair of the Department of Neurology and medical director of Vanderbilt TeleHealth. He previously served as chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Clinical Neurosciences Institute. His research interests include the treatment of movement disorders including tremor, dystonia, spasticity, and Parkinson’s disease. He is currently leading the only clinical trial approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to test deep brain stimulation in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease.
Amy S. Chomsky, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Amy Chomsky grew up in Connecticut and knew she wanted a medical career from an early age, having been inspired by her mother. She graduated magna cum laude in 1986 from Gettysburg College with a bachelor of arts. She went on to complete her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1990, graduating cum laude and having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After her internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, she spent three years in Baltimore completing a residency in ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In 1994, her husband, Don, matched at Vanderbilt for a cardiology fellowship, and she accompanied him to Nashville, where she was hired by Dr. Denis O’Day as a Vanderbilt Comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgery instructor.
She became chief of ophthalmology at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in 1999 and continues in this role today. Under her leadership, the Ophthalmology Section has expanded significantly providing complex eye care for veterans in the Mid-South while fostering the resident surgical educational experience. She has taken on national leadership roles in the VA, including chair of the Surgical Advisory Board and Field Advisory Committee.
Dr. Chomsky is published in cataract surgery risks and outcomes, resident teaching, screening techniques, and patient safety. She has won several teaching awards for surgical instruction and research mentorship. She has also been recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with the Secretariat Award and an Achievement Award. She is active in clinical and surgical education and serves on several Vanderbilt committees in this capacity.
Her longstanding passion for global health has taken her across the globe to work with the SEVA foundation in India at the Aravind Eye Hospital and in Lumbini, Nepal. She was instrumental in establishing the first eye care service at GHESKIO Medical Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She currently is an ophthalmology lead on a PEER/USAID grant with Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health colleagues with the goal to improve medical education and infrastructure post-Ebola epidemic in Liberia.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, creative arts, playing guitar, and traveling with her husband and three children.
Cynthia J. Cyrus, Ph.D.
Professor of Musicology
Cynthia J. Cyrus is a professor of musicology at the Blair School of Music and affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her scholarly work has concentrated on scribes and libraries in women’s convents of late medieval Germany —as an outgrowth of a broad project on women’s musical literacy—and on the historiography of women’s monasticism in Austria, particularly Vienna. Her recent books include Received Medievalisms: A Cognitive Geography of Viennese Women’s Convents (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013) and Scribes for Women’s Convents in Late Medieval Germany (University of Toronto Press, 2009). She also has two edited collections, Music, Dance, and Society: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard, edited with Ann Buckley (Medieval Institute Publications, 2011), and the NEH-funded project Music Education in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edited with Susan Weiss and Russell Murray (Indiana University Press, 2010). Professor Cyrus’s articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Early Music, Plainsong and Medieval Music, College Music Symposium, Speculum, Renaissance Quarterly, and Music and Letters.
Her administrative support for the institution has included service as department chair, as associate dean for the Blair School of Music, and as a long-serving member of the provost’s team, including her current role as Vanderbilt’s vice provost for learning and residential affairs. She is on sabbatical during 2019–20 to complete a monograph on the eighteenth-century book culture of Wigton, a market town of Cumberland County, England, and to continue her archival work on the liturgy of a medieval Viennese convent, St. Jerome’s, which was founded to reform prostitutes from the city’s four brothels and return them to good standing as respected and respectable members of the civic community.
Thomas P. Doyle, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family Chair in Pediatric Cardiology
Thomas P. Doyle was hired at Vanderbilt in 1994 by Dr. Thomas Graham and tasked with the challenge of building a new pediatric interventional cardiology program. There was no such program in Tennessee. At the time of Dr. Doyle’s arrival, the institution was performing 160 catheterization procedures a year, the vast majority being diagnostic procedures. Under the guidance of Dr. Doyle, the program has steadily grown and now has three interventional cardiologists who perform more than 700 procedures a year, the majority of the procedures being therapeutic in nature.
Since his arrival at Vanderbilt, Dr. Doyle has been responsible for the introduction of numerous therapeutic techniques not only to Vanderbilt, but also to the state of Tennessee. These therapeutic techniques include percutaneous closure of a variety of congenital heart defects such as atrial septal defects, muscular ventricular septal defects, patent foramen ovale, and PDAs. He introduced balloon angioplasty of coarctation and branch pulmonary arteries in addition to angioplasty of a variety of other congenital or acquired obstructive lesions. He expanded balloon valvuloplasty to all ages, including the neonate. He introduced the use of vascular stents for the relief of a variety of congenital vascular lesions, such as branch pulmonary artery stenosis, coarctation of the aorta, surgical conduit obstruction, systemic and pulmonary venous obstruction, and restrictive atrial septum. In collaboration with Dr. Jim Loyd in pulmonary medicine, he pioneered the use of stents to relieve vascular obstructions in mediastinal fibrosis, a progressive fibrotic reaction to previous infection with histoplasmosis. As a result, Dr. Doyle is now the world leader in interventional treatment of mediastinal fibrosis. Working with his colleagues Dr. Janssen and Dr. Nicholson, he introduced other techniques including radiofrequency perforation of atretic pulmonary valves and percutaneous implantation of transcatheter pulmonary valves. The result of these efforts has led to the largest pediatric interventional cardiology program in the state and one of the largest in the country.
Robin P. Fountain, M.F.A.
Professor of Conducting
Robin Fountain was educated at Oxford University, the Royal College of Music in London, and Carnegie Mellon University. He won a conducting fellowship to Aspen, participated in master classes with Lorin Maazel and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Sanderling, and Leonard Slatkin. In 2012, he was privileged to have the opportunity to train with members of the famed Berlin Philharmonic at The Conductors Lab in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Professor Fountain joined the Vanderbilt faculty 1994 and was promoted to his current position as professor of conducting in 2003. He has been awarded both the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Blair School’s Faculty Excellence Award. Highlights of his work with Vanderbilt Orchestra have included two tours of China, with performances in such venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Under his leadership, the orchestra has consistently engaged the music of our time, participating in the Blair School’s BMI Composer-in-Residence program, and co-commissioning such works as Love Song to the Sun, a visual electric violin concerto written by and featuring Tracy Silverman, presented at OZ Arts, Nashville. Prior to his service at Vanderbilt, he led the orchestra program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Professor Fountain is now in his fourteenth season as music director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony. He previously served as music director of the Williamsport (PA) Symphony, where he was honored with the Director’s Chair Award from the Williamsport Community Arts Center, recognizing his impact on the region’s artistic life. Guest conducting engagements have taken him to Russia (National Philharmonics of Tomsk and Kemerovo), France (L’Orchestre d’Aix Conservatoire and L’Orchestre de Chambre de la Gironde), Poland (Opole and Sudecka Philharmonics), and Spain. He led the Tomsk National Philharmonic on a tour of China in 2003. His recent engagements in the U.S. have included concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Traverse City Symphony. His upcoming engagements include a concert with the Singapore Symphony and a return visit to L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité, Haiti.
Gina L. Frieden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development
Gina Frieden began her career as a staff psychologist and training director at a university counseling center. She also worked as a consulting psychologist in behavioral health where she was introduced to the challenges of access to care and system barriers affecting quality of care. With intersecting interests in counseling psychology and counselor training, she joined the Department of Human and Organizational Development in 1994. She served as director of the Human Development Counseling program from 2000 until 2019, during a time when both program enrollment and curricular hours needed for specialization increased.
As the principal investigator of a four-year HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, she is working with community partners to develop behavioral health training sites for students that offer interprofessional collaboration with other health care professionals. The research aims to improve health outcomes while also training counselors in a multidisciplinary team-based approach.
Professor Frieden has held a number of clinical and administrative positions. She has served in leadership positions with counseling-related professional organizations, associations, and committees, on a journal editorial board, and as a state disability consultant. Her past scholarship has included serving as co-investigator of a grant evaluating the effects of a wellness program on anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being.
Her university and departmental service has included chairing program accreditation visits, coordinating program evaluation, and overseeing student admissions. She chairs an advisory board of strategic partners who advise on best practices and current trends in the field. At Vanderbilt, she served as a member of the Mental Health Support Network Working Group and currently serves on the Center for Student Wellbeing Advisory Board. She is part of a group of interdisciplinary faculty who work with the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning, training students in interprofessional team-based care.
Professor Frieden has taught a variety of graduate courses with a particular emphasis on grief and loss, developmental counseling, and applied field experiences in practicum and internship. She has authored journal articles and book chapters and presented at numerous conferences and workshops. Her most recent scholarly work and presentations have focused on the integration of behavioral health in counselor training and the application of developmental principles in clinical practice and supervision.
Raymond A. Friedman, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Brownlee O. Currey Chair
Raymond A. Friedman received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1987) and his B.A. from Yale University (1980). Before coming to Owen, he was an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and was a faculty member of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation.
Professor Friedman’s research has included negotiation, dispute resolution, the management of diversity, and cross-cultural differences between Chinese and American managers. In the early part of his career, Professor Friedman focused on labor negotiations, with a special focus on the way that team dynamics affect negotiation strategies, and efforts to change labor negotiation through training in mutual gains bargaining. Professor Friedman then shifted his attention to race and gender in organizations, looking at how race affects perceptions of justice, and the impact of minority employee network groups in companies. More recently, he has studied Chinese-American differences in approach to dispute resolution (including negotiation, arbitration, and conflict management), as well as the effects of behavioral integrity, and particularism in Asian cultural contexts. His work has been published in many journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Harvard Business Review. His book, Front Stage, Backstage: The Dramatic Structure of Labor Negotiations, was published by MIT Press.
Professor Friedman has served as president of the International Association for Conflict Management, as president of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, and as chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. He served as associate dean for faculty at the Owen School from 2010 to 2013.
Professor Friedman has taught Organizational Behavior, Negotiation, Labor and Employee Relations, Doing Business in China, and Leading Teams and Organizations, and has received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Owen.
C. Gaelyn Garrett, M.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology
Guy M. Maness Chair in Laryngology and Voice
Dr. C. Gaelyn Garrett is a highly regarded leader in the field of otolaryngology. She is currently president of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society (also known as the Triological Society) and past president of the American Laryngological Association. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and as a member of the Otolaryngology Resident Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She has been an invited speaker in Stockholm, Sweden; Mindanao, Philippines; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, among other locations.
In her current academic position of professor and vice chair of otolaryngology in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Dr. Garrett is the Guy M. Maness Chair in Laryngology and Voice, as well as the medical director of the world-renowned Vanderbilt Voice Center. She is the program director of the laryngology fellowship and is heavily involved in the education of laryngology fellows, residents, and medical students. She leads and serves on several committees and boards within Vanderbilt University Medical Center and teaches local and national courses in phonosurgery, lasers, videostroboscopy, and voice care for the professional voice user. Her medical and surgical expertise is sought by some of the world’s finest national and international singers and entertainers. A valuable resource for the Nashville Music Community, she is a frequent presenter at voice care seminars nationally and internationally.
As a researcher, she is participating in studies in laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngeal pacing for bilateral vocal fold paralysis, and vocal fold wound healing. Dr. Garrett has authored or coauthored more than ninety-six peer-reviewed articles, and she has contributed fourteen book chapters on various laryngology topics.
Joseph Gigante, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Joseph Gigante is a professor of pediatrics and the director of education in the Office of Faculty Development at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Dr. Gigante received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York. He attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, graduating in 1988, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in 1991. He began his Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed his training at Vanderbilt in 1994. In addition to his Vanderbilt University School of Medicine appointment, Dr. Gigante serves as adjunct faculty in pediatrics in the Physician Assistant Department at Trevecca Nazarene University and clinical associate professor of nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
He has been involved in medical education at many learner levels, and his efforts in teaching have resulted in multiple awards for teaching excellence, including his being selected as a Master Clinical Teacher and being named a Founding Member of the Academy for Teaching Excellence at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In recognition of his educational excellence the Department of Pediatrics established a teaching award, the Joseph Gigante Award in 2009. He served as vice chair of education for the Department of Pediatrics (2006-2008) and was the School of Medicine pediatrics clerkship director (2000-2009). He is recognized as an excellent educator nationally having been invited to present 145 teaching activities.
Nationally, Dr. Gigante was a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Pediatrics Test Development Committee and the USMLE Children’s Health Test Material Development Committee. He has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, having served on the PREP Self-Assessment Question and Critique Writers Committee, PREP The Course Planning Group, the editorial board of Pediatrics in Review, and he is currently on the AAP Practical Pediatrics CME Course Planning Group. He is the director-elect and serves on the VUMC Academy for Excellence in Education. He is also president of an international education organization, the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP).
Jonathan M. Gilligan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jonathan Gilligan received his bachelor of arts in physics, with a minor in philosophy, from Swarthmore College, in 1978, and his doctorate in physics, in 1991, from Yale University, for which he performed the first measurements of molecular spectra accurate enough to resolve quantum-electrodynamic effects. He was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he used laser-cooled trapped atomic ions to study the fundamental properties of quantum measurements and improve the accuracy of atomic clocks. He led a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado on a NASA airborne mission to study ozone depletion, for which he received a NASA Group Achievement Award and a NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper award.
In 1994, he joined the Vanderbilt University Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he applied physics to material science, biology, and medicine, later becoming the Robert T. Lagemann Assistant Professor of Living State Physics. In 2003, he joined the newly-established Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, where he collaborates on interdisciplinary research into interactions between human behavior, society, and environmental change. His research projects range from studying the role of the private sector in regulating greenhouse gas emissions to studying the interactions between climate change, land use, and rural agricultural communities in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Professor Gilligan has published one book and eighty-six scholarly articles. His paper “Household Actions Can Provide a Behavioral Wedge to Rapidly Reduce U.S. Carbon Emissions” has been cited more than 1000 times, and his paper “Beyond Gridlock” won the 2017 Morrison Prize, given each year by the law school at Arizona State University to the highest-impact paper on sustainability law and policy published in the previous year. His book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, co-authored with Michael Vandenbergh, was recognized with a Chancellor’s Award for Research in 2018. He also co-authored, with Carol Gilligan, the play The Scarlet Letter (a feminist adaptation of Hawthorne) and the libretto for the opera Pearl.
Dario A. Giuse, Dr.Ing.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Dario Giuse has longstanding research interests in the application of computer systems to facilitate real-world work processes. After joining the faculty of the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, he spearheaded the effort to implement the StarChart electronic patient record system and the StarPanel EHR. The systems provide an integrated, longitudinal patient record that contains all structured data, free-text documents, reports, and scanned images for both inpatient and outpatient encounters. In addition to clinical use, the systems provide the back-end repository for automated decision support tools. His current activities center around the Health Data Repository and the Word Cloud. The latter builds on the HDR by providing automated NLP-based extraction of all relevant clinical concepts from documents (and images via OCR) in real time, resulting in the conceptual indexing of all clinical documentation using the UMLS terminology.
During his fourteen years on the faculty of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, he was involved in long-term research projects on human-computer interaction, constraint-based object-oriented programming, computer-aided design, computer system architecture design tools, and interactive computer graphics. His graduate research was in the area of synchronous controllers for multi-arm industrial robots.
As an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he was the main architect of the QMR-KAT knowledge acquisition tool, the first knowledge editor to be used for large-scale, multi-center medical knowledge acquisition. With his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, he conducted a systematic evaluation of the costs of long-term maintenance of medical knowledge bases.
He has served as a member of the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, the regional editor of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, and the co-chair of IMIA Working Group 10 on Health Information Systems.
Professor Giuse received an M.S. in Pure and Applied Mathematical Logic from Carnegie Mellon University and a Dr.Ing. (Dottore in Ingegneria) from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Nunzia B. Giuse, M.D.
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Professor of Medicine
Nunzia Bettinsoli Giuse is the vice president for knowledge management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and director of the Center for Knowledge Management. She also holds a joint appointment with Meharry Medical College as an adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 1994, Dr. Giuse, as a faculty member in the Section of Medical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, established herself as an independent researcher in the area of multi-center medical knowledge acquisition strategies. During her time as director of the Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) from 2007 until 2016, she reengineered the library into a cutting-edge resource through the development of innovative programs and services heretofore not experienced in biomedical libraries. Dr. Giuse played a central role in the VUMC Informatics Center’s information outreach activities, developing initiatives that integrated the biomedical library more centrally in the medical center’s clinical and research activities.
Notable among the many honors she has received are fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, fellow of the Medical Library Association, and, more recently, lifetime member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Having established herself as a physician-informatician, prolific author, and grant awardee, Dr. Giuse continues to distinguish herself in the world of biomedical information science as a pioneer in innovative thought, programs, and grant-based projects elevating the practice of library science and developing an intersection with the field of knowledge management. Dr. Giuse’s accomplishments are celebrated in the National Library of Medicine exhibit on women in medicine titled “Changing the Face of Medicine.” Dr. Giuse continues to lead the Center for Knowledge Management in myriad original research investigations and collaborations, with internal and external partners.
Michael Goldfarb, Ph.D.
H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Michael Goldfarb conducts research on the design and control of robotic devices and systems that interact physically with people, specifically with the intent to improve mobility, functionality, quality of life, or quality of care for people with physical disabilities. He has published more than 200 papers on related topics, including papers that were awarded best-paper awards in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2013, and papers that were finalists for best paper awards in 2015 and 2017.
As part of his effort to translate his research to individuals who can benefit from it, Professor Goldfarb has been awarded more than twenty-five related U.S. patents, in addition to a similar number of international patents. These patents, and the technologies they describe, have been translated into several existing and emerging products, including the Indego exoskeleton, which enables individuals with paraplegia to stand and walk. In recognition of his development of the Indego exoskeleton, Professor Goldfarb was named by Popular Mechanics in 2013 as one of 10 Innovators Who Changed the World. His other honors include the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for Research in 2008, the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Edward Nagy Award in 2011, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Wyss Institute Translational Award in 2012, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Outstanding Paper Award in 2013.
Lenn E. Goodman, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities
Lenn Goodman earned his bachelor of arts at Harvard and his doctorate as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford. After twenty-five years as a philosophy professor at the University of Hawaii, he joined Vanderbilt in 1994, teaching a wide range of courses, graduate and undergraduate, in ethics, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy, classical, Hellenistic, medieval, and modern, beside his specialties in Islamic, Jewish, and comparative philosophy. Internationally sought after as a lecturer, he has published books with the university presses of Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Edinburgh, and Chicago. These books include translations with philosophical commentary on classic Arabic works including the tenth-century ecological fable The Case of the Animals versus Man (collaborating with Richard McGregor) and the twelfth-century philosophical novel of self-discovery, Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan (still his best seller)—as well as Saadiah Gaon’s tenth-century commentary and translation of the Book of Job. Professor Goodman’s Avicenna has appeared in Italian translation. His Islamic Humanism, seeking to help Westerners discover and Muslims reclaim their own humanistic tradition, has also appeared in Turkish translation.
Well known for his articles on the key figures of Islamic philosophy, Professor Goodman was recognized in 2015 as one of the twenty leading contributors to Jewish philosophy today, by the publication of a volume on his work in that domain in Brill’s Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers. Here, his books include On Justice, God of Abraham, Judaism, Human Rights and Human Values, Judaism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation, and (now in press at Oxford) The Holy One of Israel. Besides the co-authored Coming to Mind: The Soul and its Body, his books in general philosophy include In Defense of Truth: A Pluralistic Approach, Religious Pluralism and Values in the Public Sphere, Creation and Evolution, explaining the harmony of Darwinian science with scriptural religion, and his Gifford Lectures Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself. Professor Goodman is currently hard at work with his valued Vanderbilt colleague Phillip Lieberman translating and commenting on Maimonides’ celebrated Guide to the Perplexed. A ready collaborator, Professor Goodman loves philosophy and treasures the opportunities Vanderbilt continues to open up to him for free and fruitful intellectual discovery.
Senta Victoria Greene, Ph.D.
Stevenson Professor of Physics
Senta Victoria Greene is an experimental nuclear physicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science. She received her B.A. (1984) in physics and mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her M.S (1987), M. Phil. (1987), and Ph.D. (1992) in physics from Yale University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was an SSC National Fellow, and she joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an assistant professor in 1994.
Professor Greene’s research focuses on the study of the quark-gluon plasma, an extremely hot and dense state of matter consisting of deconfined quarks and gluons, fundamental particles of matter. The early universe is believed to have existed in this nearly perfect liquid state microseconds after the Big Bang. The discovery of this state of matter, to which Professor Greene contributed, was named the top physics story of the year in 2005 by the American Institute of Physics. She uses the powerful particle accelerators at Brookhaven National Laboratory and CERN in Geneva for her research and is currently a member of three international collaborations: PHENIX, CMS, and sPHENIX. She was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014 for her contributions to nuclear physics research and for promoting the participation of women in physics.
Professor Greene served as executive dean for three years and as senior associate dean for graduate education and research for four years for the College of Arts and Science. She was chair of the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate for the 2018–19 academic year. She is a 2014 graduate of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and was a 2017–18 fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. In 2012, Professor Greene chaired the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics of the American Physical Society. Professor Greene is the founding faculty adviser for Vanderbilt University Women in Science and Engineering and received the 2014 Mary Jane Werthan Award for contributions to the advancement of women at Vanderbilt. She was named one of the Inspiring Women in STEM by INSIGHT Into Diversity in 2015.
Leslie W. Hopkins, D.N.P.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Leslie Hopkins is a native Nashvillian. She received her bachelor of science in biology from Lipscomb University in 1992. She then completed her master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1993. Professor Hopkins received her doctor of nursing practice from Duke University School of Nursing in 2013. Her doctoral project, “Implementing a urinary tract infection clinical practice guideline at an ambulatory, urgent care practice,” was highlighted in a D.N.P. special issue of The Nurse Practitioner in April 2014. Professor Hopkins has written chapters in nationally known nursing textbooks as well as published manuscripts within nursing peer-reviewed journals. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of The Nurse Practitioner. She is a longtime member of the Tennessee Nurses Association and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. Professor Hopkins serves as a consultant to the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Since 1999, she has been the academic director of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at the School of Nursing. In 2008, she was recognized with a School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation for her leadership in transitioning the AGPCNP program from a traditional educational format to a hybrid format using distributed course delivery methods. This innovative format uses leading-edge online and distance technologies and techniques to enrich students’ learning experiences.
Professor Hopkins has served the Vanderbilt community in several ways. Most recently, she was the vice chair of the Faculty Senate for 2017–2018. In her role as vice chair-elect, Professor Hopkins was a fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Program during Vanderbilt University’s inaugural year of participation in the program. Her service to the School of Nursing includes active participation on the Student Admission and Academic Advancement Committee for twenty years, during which time she served as chair twice. For the past four years, she has chaired the School of Nursing Scholarship Committee.
Leslie Hopkins is a board-certified adult and family nurse practitioner who specializes in adult primary care. Her own practice experiences include a rural family practice, an urban underserved community clinic, a large internal medicine practice, an occupational health clinic, and the Vanderbilt network of urgent care clinics.
Karen M. Joos, M.D., Ph.D.
Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Karen M. Joos is chief of the Glaucoma Service at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. She is a “Best Doctor in America,” a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and a fellow of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Beside publications, she is co-inventor on three patents. She co-hosts the annual Hoy Family Endowed Lecture in Biophotonics, is on the editorial board of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, and has been active with the Ophthalmic Technologies Section Program Committee of the annual BIOS/SPIE Photonics West Meeting for the past twenty-six years. One of her passions throughout her career has been to conceive, develop, and implement new technologies, especially biophotonic strategies, for improving medical diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Joos focuses some of her research on using optical techniques for sensing and performing ophthalmic surgery. A current emphasis with collaborative NIH R01 funding is the development and integration of an intraocular OCT probe to improve visualization of structures during vitreoretinal and other ophthalmic surgery, as well as the integration of these imaging probes with surgical tools and robotic-assisted control for precise tissue manipulation. Her past approaches included the investigation of an imaging modality in eyes with elevated IOP and integration of intraocular endoscopy to improve visualization and facilitate intraocular surgery in eyes with cloudy corneas. Her current approaches include histology, morphometry, immunohistochemistry, intraocular pressure response, and biomaterial delivery. Among her other bench and clinical projects are glaucoma-centered research topics, with current approaches including molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, morphometry, intraocular pressure response, and PrediXcan BioVue analyses. She collaborates in ongoing research with multidisciplinary investigators in ophthalmology, engineering, imaging, and genetics.
Since 1995, Dr, Joos has organized an annual gonioscopy course, which includes a guest lecturer, and a practical skills training session for ophthalmology residents. She was awarded the Vanderbilt Eye Institute Keystone Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2011, and, in 2016, she received the VEI Ophthalmology Bridge Builder Award from the ophthalmology residents.
Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies
Amy-Jill Levine (B.A. Smith; M.A./Ph.D. Duke), formerly Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, formerly E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University. She holds five honorary doctorates and is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
Along with more than 500 essays and talks, her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (Publisher’s Weekly Best Books 2007); Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi (Catholic Book Club; translations: Spanish, Italian); The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (with Warren Carter); and The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III). Her children’s books (with Sandy Sasso) include Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 Sons (2017 Junior Library Guild List; translations: Spanish, Korean); The Marvelous Mustard Seed (2018 Junior Library Guild List), and Who Is My Neighbor? With Marc Brettler she co-edited The Jewish Annotated New Testament; she also edited the 13-volume Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings, and The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton Readings in Religion; translation: Japanese); she is the New Testament editor of the Oxford Biblical Commentary Series. She has just completed two manuscripts, The Bible Before and After Jesus (with Marc Brettler) and Jesus for Everyone.
In addition to three “Great Lecture” series for the Teaching Company, she has authored for Abingdon adult education programs Short Stories by Jesus Study Guide; Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week; and Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent.
Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, and ACLS; she has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She served as Alexander Robertson Fellow (University of Glasgow) and the Catholic Biblical Association Scholar to the Philippines. In spring 2019, she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.
She chaired the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate in 1997–98 and was the founding director of the Divinity’s School’s Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.
Letha Mathews, M.B.B.S.
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Letha Mathews serves as the Division Director and Clinical Director of Neuroanesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She grew up in the beautiful state of Kerala, India, and obtained her medical degree from Gauhati Medical College, Gauhati University, Assam, India. She then moved to the United Kingdom, completed four years of anesthesia training in the South Manchester University Hospitals, and obtained the FFARSCS (I) degree before immigrating to Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Mathews subsequently completed one year of residency and a pain fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also obtained a fellowship in neuroanesthesiology from the University of Louisville. After completing her training, Dr. Mathews joined VUMC as an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in 1994. She got her board certification in anesthesiology in 1995 and certification in pain management in 1996.
She has focused her clinical practice at Vanderbilt primarily on providing perioperative care for the complex neurosurgical patients. In her role as Division Director, she provides leadership and direction for the Division of Neuroanesthesiology. She has helped to develop numerous clinical protocols enhancing efficiency in the operating room and several quality-improvement projects involving neurosurgical outcomes, such as surgical site infection and perioperative pressure ulcer reduction. Recently, she led the development of ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) for patients undergoing spine surgery.
Dr. Mathews is a passionate educator who has trained and mentored numerous residents, medical students, and allied health professionals. She has codirected the development of the curriculum for basic and advanced rotation for the residents undergoing neuroanesthesia training at VUMC. She is on the education committee of the Society of Neurosciences in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) and is actively involved in the society. She is also an active member of the ASA, IARS, TSA and Women in Anesthesiology.
She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications and has presented at the national and international level. Her clinical research interests are in anesthesia for spinal cord injury, opioid sparing techniques during spine surgery, and craniotomy.
Ralph N. McKenzie, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
Ralph McKenzie was born in Cisco, Texas, on October 20, 1941. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1966 at the University of Colorado. He began his career at University of California, Berkeley, from 1966 until 1994, moving up the ranks to professor in 1978, and has been a professor at Vanderbilt since 1994. He has been a leader in the field of universal algebra for most of the past thirty years. He has 127 published publications, including three monographs and an advanced textbook.
Professor McKenzie has held visiting positions for up to a year at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the ETH in Zurich (Switzerland), the University of Hawaii (Manoa), the University of Siena (Italy), and LaTrobe University (Melbourne, Australia). He has delivered 158 invited research lectures in twenty countries, including the Fifteenth Annual Alfred Tarski Lectures at University of California, Berkeley, in 2003, and a KAM Mathematical Colloquium (Distinguished) Lecture at Charles University, Prague, in 2010.
He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He held NSF Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1989 and Ulam Professor at the University of Colorado in spring 1990. He chaired the Fulbright Selection Committee for mathematics from 1993 to 1995.
Professor McKenzie has enjoyed a long connection with Vanderbilt University. He came to Vanderbilt to visit Distinguished Professor Bjarni Jónsson and present research lectures for the first time in 1969 and again in 1977, 1981, 1983, and 1993, before moving to Vanderbilt. Jónsson, Alfred Tarski, and Donald Monk were the three mathematicians who most influenced Professor McKenzie’s development as a mathematician and determined the directions he would specialize in. Tarski’s research group at Berkeley was the world’s chief center for research in logic from about 1950 into the 1970s, and Jónsson and Monk had written their doctoral dissertations under Tarski’s direction. Jónsson became Vanderbilt’s first distinguished professor in any field, in 1966.
Ralph McKenzie has had twenty-seven successful Ph.D. students, many of whom later achieved great distinction in research. Four of his six Vanderbilt Ph.D.’s won the Mathematics Department’s Jónsson Prize for best dissertation the year they graduated. Two, Constantine Tsinakis and Steven Tschantz, are professors at Vanderbilt. Four or five became chairs of their departments, including Tsinakis at Vanderbilt.
He has been a co-organizer for eighteen international mathematics conferences, and his research has been supported almost continuously since 1966 by grants from the National Science Foundation. He will retire at the end of this year, capping a fifty-three-year career in the academies.
Randolph A. Miller, M.D.
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Emeritus
Randolph A. Miller majored in physics at Princeton, then enrolled in medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, in 1971. In 1973, he joined the pioneering INTERNIST-I computer-assisted medical diagnosis project, working under Dr. Jack D. Myers, a renowned former chairman of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and Harry E. Pople, Jr., a brilliant computer scientist. After taking a year-long sabbatical from medical school to do informatics research, he graduated in 1976, completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1979. As an academic general internist, he cared for patients for a quarter-century. Dr. Miller founded the Section of Medical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. His work on refining, improving, and evaluating medical diagnostic decision support systems gained international recognition. His current interests are in development and evaluation of medical decision support systems and their corresponding knowledge bases, clinical terminology systems, ethical and legal implications of developing and using clinical information systems, and institutional-level informatics initiatives.
After moving to Vanderbilt, Dr. Miller served as chair of the Division of Biomedical Informatics from 1994 until 2004 and as the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics from 2001 until 2004. The initial DBMI mission was to develop and evaluate leading-edge biomedical software applications to improve the quality of care, promote research, and enhance patient safety. With faculty and staff colleagues, DBMI built Vanderbilt’s computerized physician order entry and electronic medical records systems “from scratch.”
Dr. Miller served as president/board chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (1994–95) and president of the American College of Medical Informatics (2003–04). He received a 1997 FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his work on clinical software evaluation. He served as editor-in-chief of the leading journal in biomedical informatics, JAMIA, from July 2002 through December 2010. In October 2006, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
David M. Miller III, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emeritus
Research Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
David Miller is originally from Mississippi and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S., Biology) and Rice University (Ph.D., Biochemistry). After postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine with H. F. Epstein (1981–1983) and at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, U.K., with Sydney Brenner (1983–1985), Professor Miller was an assistant professor at North Carolina State University and Duke University (1985–1994). He joined the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt as an associate professor in 1994, rising to professor in 2005.
He assumed a leadership role in teaching as course director (1995–2009) and lecturer (1995–2017) in genetics for Interdisciplinary Graduate Program students. He has taught extensively in the neuroscience curriculum, notably in molecular and cellular neuroscience (2004–2009, 2011–2019). His additional roles in education include service on eighty-two graduate student committees and training eighteen Ph.D. students in the Miller Lab. Other Miller Lab trainees include twenty-three undergraduates and seven high school students. Professor Miller contributed to the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program by serving on committees for nine Fisk master’s degree students. He was selected for the Elaine-Sanders Bush Award in Teaching (2012) and named Outstanding Mentor in the Neuroscience Program (2015).
Professor Miller’s contributions to service include the IGP Executive Committee (2001–2009), VUMC Faculty Appointments and Promotion Committee (2011–2013), the University Cross College Teaching Committee (2014–2019), and the Graduate Faculty Council (2018–2019).
Professor Miller has maintained an active research laboratory with more than thirty years of NIH funding (since 1988), including four current NIH grants. He is currently a member of the NST-2 NIH study section (2015–2019) and has reviewed manuscripts for more than forty scientific journals. Professor Miller has produced more than seventy peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and reviews. His scholarly work has revealed molecular pathways regulating key events in neural development, including synaptic specificity, neuron morphogenesis, and synaptic plasticity. In recognition of his contributions to science, Professor Miller was recently named an AAAS fellow (2013).
Sokrates Theodore Pantelides, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering
William A. and Nancy F. McMinn Professor of Physics
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Sokrates Pantelides was born in 1948 in Limassol, Cyprus, where he attended elementary and secondary schools and graduated valedictorian. After serving in the army for a year, he accepted a Fulbright Scholarship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He earned a B.S. in physics with highest scholastic honors two years later. He received a graduate fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1973.
After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Professor Pantelides joined the prestigious IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. In 1979, he received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award for breakthrough work on the theory of defects in semiconductors that was a major open issue in semiconductor physics. The following year, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Starting in 1981, Professor Pantelides was invited twenty times by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in physics. At IBM, he served as a manager, a senior manager, and a program director. He also served on the Board of Trust of the local school district.
Professor Pantelides joined Vanderbilt University in 1994 as the William A. and Nancy F. McMinn Professor of Physics. He also accepted an appointment as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has maintained a research group. In 2010, he was appointed University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering at Vanderbilt, with dual tenure in physics and electrical engineering. He has served as Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, since 2016. In addition to the American Physical Society, Professor Pantelides has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and he has received several awards.
His research since 1994 spans a wide range of materials, semiconductors, superconductors, metals, ceramics, complex oxides, two-dimensional materials, and nanostructures, with emphasis on electronic, optical, and magnetic properties, device physics, catalysis, etc. He has published approximately 700 technical articles, edited nine books, and given more than 200 invited talks at conferences. He has trained approximately eighty graduate students and post-docs.
Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Ph.D.
B. F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology
Professor of Biochemistry and Otolaryngology
Jennifer Pietenpol earned her doctorate in cell biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1990. She continued her postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center (now Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center) before returning in 1994 to Vanderbilt, where she became a professor in 2002. Currently, she is the executive vice president for research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. She leads a competitively funded individual research program focused on triple-negative breast cancer and the p53 family-signaling network. She has integrated her research expertise in tumor suppressor genes and molecular genetics to molecularly subtype difficult-to-treat, triple negative breast cancer. This work has been validated, and cited >2,700 times over the past eight years. Her team is now translating resulting pre-clinical data to investigator-initiated clinical trials that align cancer patients with targeted therapy. Her lab also discovered that one of the p53 family members, p73, is required for multiciliogenesis. Loss of p73 and thus ciliary biogenesis can lead to deficits in the nervous system, sterility, and chronic inﬂammation and infection. These findings provide insights for the study of several human inflammatory diseases.
Professor Pietenpol has inﬂuenced cancer policy through her service on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2008, she was appointed by the president to the National Cancer Advisory Board. She was a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Cancer Research, served on the Blue Ribbon Panel advising the former vice president’s National Cancer Moonshot, and serves on numerous other cancer-related scientiﬁc advisory boards. Most recently, she was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor for Susan G. Komen. She has received numerous awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator Award in Toxicology, the Carleton College Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the T. J. Martell Medical Research Advancement Award, and the Charles R. Park Award for fundamental research into the pathophysiology of cancer. She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During her tenure at Vanderbilt University, she has trained more than sixty undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and directly mentored more than twenty-five early-career faculty members.
Yu Shyr, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of Biostatistics
Harold L. Moses Chair in Cancer Research
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Professor of Health Policy
Yu Shyr received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1994 and subsequently joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. At Vanderbilt, he has collaborated on numerous research projects, assisted investigators in developing clinical research protocols, collaborated on multiple grants funded through external peer-reviewed mechanisms, and developed biostatistical and bioinformatic methodologies for clinical trial design, high-dimensional data analysis, and experimental design.
Professor Shyr is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voting member. He has published more than 460 peer-reviewed papers in a variety of journals (h-index = 94).
Professor Shyr was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Policy Issues in the Clinical Development of Biomarkers for Molecularly Targeted Therapies. He has served as a member of the U.S. National Cancer Institute Developmental Therapeutics Study Section, Cancer Immunopathology and Immunotherapy Study Section, and the Population and Patient-oriented Training Study Section. Professor Shyr was the co-course director for the American Association of Cancer Research/American Society of Clinical Oncology Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Vail Workshop. He is the associate editor for JAMA Oncology and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, and the Statistical Advisory Board member for PLoS ONE. In addition, Professor Shyr is the principal investigator of the NCI U01 grant of Barrett’s esophagus translational research network coordinating center (BETRNetCC).
Professor Shyr’s current research interests focus on developing statistical bioinformatic methods for analyzing next-generation sequencing data based on single cell technology, including a series of papers on estimating the sample-size requirements for studies conducting DNA and RNA sequencing analysis.
Mark A. Wollaeger, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Mark Wollaeger joined the Vanderbilt faculty in English after spending the first decade of his career teaching at Yale University. He received his A.B. from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. Professor Wollaeger’s main areas of research and teaching include Anglo-American modernism, comparative modernism, media studies, film, and digital humanities. He has served as president of the Modernist Studies Association, and he co-founded an Oxford University Press book series, Modernist Literature and Culture.
Professor Wollaeger has published widely on literary modernism. His book Modernism, Media, and Propaganda (Oxford 2006) traces the emergence of fact-free public discourse as a consequence of new information technologies and the refining of propaganda techniques invented by the British during World War I; it received the Chancellor’s Research Award in 2008. His other publications include Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism (Stanford 1990), two collections of essays on James Joyce, and the Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (2012).
Professor Wollaeger’s teaching and advising at Vanderbilt have been recognized with the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the English Graduate Student Association Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Ernest A. Jones Award for Faculty Advising. He has served as director of the College Writing Program and director of graduate studies in English.
Michael S. Higgins, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Anesthesiology
Shan Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Otolaryngoloy
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Associate in Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Assistant Professor of Health Policy