Sara L. Van Driest, MD, PhD

Sara L. Van Driest, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
8232
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9226
(615) 936-2425

Specialty
General Pediatrics
M.D.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, 2006
Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, 2006
Residencies
Pediatric Residency-Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
Pediatric Chief Resident-Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

Clinical Interests

Pharmacogenomics, precision medicine, electronic health records, drug safety

Research Information

Sara Van Driest is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics) and Medicine (Division of Clinical Pharmacology) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her MD and PhD at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine followed by Pediatric residency and Clinical Pharmacology fellowship at Vanderbilt. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Van Driest uses clinically-generated data and specimens for research and as a tool for implementation of pediatric personalized medicine. She is focused on improving the dosing and understanding the effects of commonly used medications, including antibiotics, analgesics and sedatives. Funding for her research work comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and Human Genome Research (NHGRI). Dr. Van Driest also was awarded an early career award from the PhRMA Foundation, an Innovation in Regulatory Science Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award. Dr. Van Driest is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for PharVar, a central repository for pharmacogenomic variation. She was the 2019 recipient of the Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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