Center for Pediatric Precision Medicine (CPPM)

The Center for Pediatric Precision Medicine was established in 2020 to support evidence-based, individualized diagnosis and treatment approaches for children. The center is co-directed by Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD, and Prince Kannankeril, MD, MSCI, with a scientific advisory board including representatives from the institution-wide centers for Personalized Medicine, Precision Medicine, Genomics, and Ethics. Early goals for the center are to enhance pediatric precision medicine research through assisting in the use of existing resources and fill key gaps; support translation of precision medicine into clinical pediatrics and the study outcomes of precision approaches in children; and to provide training in precision medicine topics in education for all levels of learners, including trainees, providers, patients, families and our community. Early focal points include pediatric pharmacogenomics; phenome wide association studies; enhancements to the VUMC biobank, BioVU to support pediatric analyses; and precision medicine seminars for trainees in pediatric clinical subspecialties, pediatric pharmacy, and genetic counseling.

Mission Statement

The Center for Pediatric Precision Medicine's mission is to improve clinical outcomes for children and families by supporting research, accelerating translation, and providing training that facilitates the incorporation of precision medicine into pediatric care.

Co-directors

Prince J. Kannankeril, MD, MSCI

Prince J. Kannankeril, MD, MSCI

Co-director, Center for Pediatric
Precision Medicine

Sara L. Van Driest, MD, PhD

Sara L. Van Driest, MD, PhD

Co-director, Center for Pediatric
Precision Medicine