Vanderbilt University Medical Center



Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
The Vanderbilt Clinic, TVC 4918D
Nashville, TN 37232-5310


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

Associate Director

Joe R. Wiencek, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: (615) 322-3532
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, MDHematology, Urinalysis, Pathogenesis of Hematopoietic, Malignancies
Garrett S Booth, MD, MSTransfusion Medicine, Blood Banking, Clinical Pathology
Matthew Hardison, PhD, FACMGSports Anti-Doping, Pain Management, LC/MS/MS
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhDTransfusion Medicine, Medical Education, Global Health
James Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FAACCPoint of Care Testing, Informatics, Evidence Based Medicine, TDM, Toxicology, Endocrinology
Romney M Humphries, PhD, D(ABMM)Clinical Microbiology, Diagnostic Testing, Antimicrobial Resistance and Bacterial Pathogenesis
Jonathan E Schmitz, MD, PhDClinical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Opportunistic Pathogens, Microbe/Microbe Interactions, Personalized Microbiology, Urinary Tract Infections
Claudio Mosse, MD, PhDTumor Immunology
Aaron Shaver, MD, PhDImmunopathology, Electrophoresis, Flow Cytometry, Multi-variate Modeling
Chanjuan Shi, MDMolecular Genetics, Cytogenetics
Richard S Steece, PhD, D (ABMM)Public Health, Newborn Screening
Charles W Stratton, MDPathogenesis of Chlamydia Pneumoniae, Clinical Microbiology
Cindy Vnencak-Jones, PhD, FACMGClinical Molecular Genetics
Allison P Wheeler, MDTransfusion Medicine, Apheresis, Hemophilia and Hemostatic Disorders in Pediatrics
Ferrin Wheeler, PhD, FACMGClinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer
David Gailani, MDCoagulation and Hemostasis
Joe Wiencek, PhD, DABCC, FAACCClinical Chemistry, Automation, Point-of-Care Testing, Education

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; 3 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, 2021 for July 1, 2022 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.