Cary Fu, MD

Cary
Fu
MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
cary.fu@vumc.org

Rett syndrome, epilepsy

Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002
Residencies
Pediatrics Internship and Residency-University of Arkansas Medical School, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR
Child Neurology Residency-University of Alabama-Birmingham, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Fellowship
Clinical Neurology Fellowship-Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Mariana Ciobanu, MD

Mariana
Ciobanu
MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
mariana.ciobanu@vumc.org

Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
Medical and Pharmaceutical University N. Testimiteanu, Chisinau, Moldova, 1994
Residencies
Pediatric Internship and Residency/Neuropeadiatric Track-Medical University "N. Testimiteanu", Chisinau, Moldova
Pediatric Residency-Wake Forrest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC
Pediatric Neurology Residency-Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC
Fellowship
Neurogenetics Fellowship-Medical University "N. Testimiteanu", Chisinau, Moldova

Robert Paul Carson, MD, PhD

Robert
Paul
Carson
MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
robert.carson@vumc.org

Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2005
Residency
Child Neurology Residency-Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Fellowship
Epilepsy Fellowship-Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2001

W. Bryan Burnette, MD

William
Bryan
Burnette
MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232

Dr. Burnette's clinical and research interests are in the development of novel therapies for inherited neuromuscular disorders such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy through multicenter clinical trials, as well as the development of novel serologic, clinical, and imaging biomarkers of progression of these disorders. Dr. Burnette is director of the Vanderbilt SMA Care Center, and co-director of the Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Duchenne Care Clinic.

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william.b.burnette@vumc.org

Neuromuscular Disorders, Muscular Dystrophy, Congenital Myopathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Peripheral Neuropathy, CIDP

Specialties
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2001
Residencies
Pediatric Residency-Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Pediatric Neurology Residency-Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship
Neurology/Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship-Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer A. Brault, MD

Jennifer
A.
Brault
MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
jennifer.a.brault@vumc.org

Specialties
Medical Genetics
Neurology, Pediatric
M.S.
University of Toledo, 2002
M.S.
Indiana University, 2014
M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine, 2006
Residencies
Pediatric Residency-Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Child Neurology Residency-Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Medical and Molecular Genetics Residency-Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Whitney Lee Boon, MD

Whitney
Lee
Boon
MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-5536
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
whitney.l.boon@vumc.org

Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
Meharry Medical College, 2011
Residency
Residency-Vanderbilt University Medical Center
 

Kevin C. Ess, MD, PhD

Kevin
C.
Ess
MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Neurology
Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology
Department of Pediatrics
Director
Division of Pediatric Neurology
Phone
(615) 936-7966
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
9th Floor
Nashville
Tennessee
37232

Research in Kevin Ess' laboratory is focused on deciphering the molecular mechanisms required for typical brain development and how disruptions of these processes lead to malformations of the cerebral cortex. Children with such aberrations typically suffer from severe seizure disorders (epilepsy) as well as severe cognitive and behavioral problems such as autism. To approach these complex neurologic disorders, Ess has been studying tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a disease that prominently features cortical malformations and is caused by loss of either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes. TSC is quite prevalent and is the most common genetic cause of seizures and autism in children. To study these complicated abnormalities of the human brain, Ess has generated experimental models of TSC using genetically engineered mice, zebrafish as well as human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). His long-term goal is to use these models to precisely define the molecular pathways used by the TSC1/2 genes during human brain development. This knowledge will facilitate the development of more efficacious therapies for children who have epilepsy or autism. The Ess lab has also been interested in a more recently defined disorder, alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC), a devastating neurodevelopmental disorder due to mutations in the ATP1A3 gene. To study abnormal developmental processes in AHC, we have also utilized human iPSCs. Our basic and translational research approaches should culminate in advanced knowledge about pediatric neurological disorders and hopefully lead to the development of novel and more effective therapies for AHC and related disorders.

kevin.ess@vumc.org

Tuberous sclerosis complex, epilepsy

Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric
M.D.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 
Residency
Pediatric Neurology Residency-St. Louis Children's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri
Fellowships
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship-Washington University School of Medicine
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship-St. Louis Children's Hospital
Ph.D.
Department of Developmental Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH,

Shari L. Barkin, MD, MSHS

Shari
L
Barkin
MD, MSHS
Chief
Division of General Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics
William K. Warren Foundation Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Obesity Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Phone
615-322-7080
Office Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
8232
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9225

Dr. Shari Barkin, William K. Warren Foundation Chair, Professor of Pediatrics, is the Director of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Director of Pediatric Obesity Research in the Diabetes Research and Training Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University, her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, and completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She was selected as a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed a fellowship in Health Services Research. Her research has focused on examining the effectiveness of pediatric office-based interventions and the development of connections from the office into the community to improve children’s health.

Funded by NHLBI, NICHD, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the State of Tennessee, Dr. Barkin conducts family-based community-centered clinical interventions to change health behaviors in parent-child dyads. Currently, her team is focusing on changing growth trajectories in childhood, applying the ecologic model that considers the child in the context of their family, and the family in the context of their community. A theme of these scientific inquiries is the examination of the interaction between behavior, environment, and genetics in young children at critical windows of development. Funded by NHLBI, she is currently conducting a seven-year randomized controlled trial to prevent childhood obesity.  She chairs the NIH Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Consortium which brings multiple researchers together examining Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (COPTR). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board of Children, Youth and Families.

To learn more about Dr. Barkin's obesity related research visit The Nashville Collaborative.

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shari.l.barkin@vumc.org

Primary Care, General Pediatrics, Obesity Prevention

Matthew Clark, MD

Matthew
Clark
MD
Clinical Fellow
Pediatric Rheumatology

Matt Clark is from Crestview, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree and attended medical school at Florida State University. During his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Matt served on the graduate medical education committee and was awarded the Most Outstanding Teacher Award in 2016. He completed a chief residency in 2017-2018. He hopes to build a niche in treating children with early immune symptoms that occur because of immune deficiency. His hobbies include golfing and spending time with his wife, Amy, and their Goldendoodle, June.

2141 Blakemore Ave
Room / Suite
1506
Nashville
Tennessee
37212

Chief Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2017-2018
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2014-2017
Medical School: Florida State University
Undergraduate: Florida State University