Vanderbilt University Medical Center



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


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

Associate Director

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


Affiliated Institutions

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

Faculty and Research Interests

Maryann Thompson Arildsen, MD Hematology, Urinalysis
Garrett S Booth, MD, MS Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization
Jennifer Colby, PhD Toxicology, TDM, Mass Spectrometry
Sheila Dawling, PhD Sports Anti-Doping, Pain Management, LC/MS/MS
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization
James Nichols, PhD, DABCC Point of care testing, informatics, evidence based medicine
Carol Rauch, MD, PhD Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship
Jonathan E Schmitz, MD, PhD Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship
Gregory Sephel, PhD Wound healing and angiogenesis
Aaron Shaver, M.D., Ph.D. Immunopathology, Electrophoresis, Flow Cytometry
Chanjuan Shi, MD Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics
Richard S Steece, PhD, D (ABMM) Public Health, Newborn Screening
Charles W Stratton, MD Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Mycology, Antimicrobial susceptibility and antibiotic stewardship
Cindy Vnencak-Jones, PhD, FACMG Molecular Genetics
Allison P Wheeler, MD Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Blood Utilization
Ferrin Wheeler, PhD, FACMG Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics
Zahra Shajani Yi, PhD, NRCC Endocrinology, General Chemistry, Test Utilization

Program Listing

Level(s) of training: Postdoctoral
Number of positions available per year: 1 every two years
Duration of program: 2 years
Approximate annual salary or stipend: PGY1 housestaff
Current number of trainees: 1
Number of past graduates: 7
Date of ComACC accreditation: 2002
Positions accepted by graduates since 2002: 3 academic medical center; 1 healthcare network; 2 industry; 1 academic institution

Application Procedure


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


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


September 1, 2018 for July 1, 2019 fellowship position.

Program Description

Vanderbilt’s two-year Clinical Chemistry fellowship provides comprehensive training and experience in analytical, clinical and managerial aspects of the clinical laboratory in a large academic medical center setting. Our fellows receive the unique experience of training in a large academic medical center laboratory with affiliated satellite laboratories across Nashville, and exposure to our reference laboratory service. During the fellowship, the trainee learns principles of chemical pathology, both basic and applied. With Vanderbilt’s mission in mind, our program combines a strong emphasis on patient care with innovative practices in personalized medicine. Our fellows join a diverse diagnostic management team of physicians and scientists to provide state of the art interpretive reports for select chemistry, endocrine, and toxicology tests. Participation in clinical/translational research projects introduces fellows to recent developments in diagnostic sciences. Successful completion of the program prepares highly qualified physicians/scientists for ABCC board certification and a career as a practicing clinical chemist in academia, community hospital, or industry. Our program received ComACC certification in 2002 and currently has 1 two year fellowship position at a time.