Allison Weatherly, MD

Allison
Weatherly
MD
1st Year Fellow
Pediatric Critical Care
Delivery Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
5121
Nashville
Tennessee
37236

Medical School: University of Virginia 
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Academic Interests: Early mobility; Long-term functional outcomes; PICS

Claci Walls, MD

Claci
Walls
MD
1st Year Fellow
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Claci grew up an hour north of Nashville in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She went to the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate education and continued her education at UK for medical school. Go Cats! Upon graduation, Claci and her husband, Drew, made the move to Nashville where Claci completed her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During residency, she participated in several QI projects, including a project aiming to increase complete VP shunt evaluations in the ED, a project to implement a provider feedback system to help reduce over utilization of chest X-rays in bronchiolitis, and a project focusing on improving pediatric resident education in airway management.

In her free time, Claci loves to be at the lake enjoying activities on the water, such as water skiing, wake boarding and wake surfing.

Delivery Address
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
1025
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9001

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine 
Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, B.S. Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Jennifer Laws, MD

Jennifer
Laws
MD
Chief Resident
Pediatric Residency Program

Jenn grew up in Dayton, Ohio where she spent much of her childhood as a ballet dancer. She attended THE Ohio State University for her undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Dance. While at Ohio State, she attended every single home Buckeye game and met her husband, Luke, in the laundry room of their freshman dorm. After graduation, Jenn traveled west to St. Louis for her medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then matched at Vanderbilt with her husband (Internal Medicine) for residency. During her three years of residency, she has cultivated an interest in medical education. She was a member of the Education Academic Community and focused primarily on curriculum development. She was also a Co-Chair of the Resident Wellness Committee. Following chief year, Jenn plans to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care where she hopes to continue with her interest in curriculum development.

When she’s not in the chief’s office, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog, Calvin. She enjoys running, Orange Theory, hiking, and rock climbing. Jenn loves baking for her friends, especially sourdough bread (which she did start baking before the pandemic). She also enjoys board games, exploring local food and bars with friends, and of course, cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Jenn is honored and excited to be staying at Vanderbilt for her chief year and can’t wait for another year with her Vandy Peds Family.

vandypedschiefs@vumc.org

M.D.
St. Louis University School of Medicine 
Residency
Pediatrics - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Christopher Ekker, MD

Christopher
Ekker
MD
Chief Resident
Pediatric Residency Program

Christopher was born and raised with his two siblings in the rural town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He moved to New Orleans for college, where he received a degree in Biological Chemistry and minor in Mathematics from Tulane University. Christopher continued his medical education at LSU Medical School in New Orleans, where his long-known love of primary care in pediatrics — particularly providing care to underserved populations, sexual health, and food insecurities— became solidified. He ventured out of Louisiana to Nashville to complete his pediatric residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Throughout these three years, he discovered his passion for medical education and how well it overlapped with his clinical interests, and intends on continuing into Primary Care after his chief year.

Outside of the hospital, when not spending time in his garden or with his sweet puppy (Dolly), Christopher enjoys the Nashville live music scene, discovering new restaurants, experimenting with new recipes, and attending performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).

vandypedschiefs@vumc.org

M.D.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Residency
Pediatrics - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Emily Datyner, MD

Emily
Datyner
MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Neonatology
Delivery Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
11111
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9545
emily.k.datyner@vumc.org

Pediatric primary care, newborn care, quality improvement

M.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 
Residency
Pediatrics - Vanderbilt University Medical Center/Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Katie Conover, MD

Katie
Conover
MD
Chief Resident
Pediatric Residency Program

Katie was born and raised in Miami, Florida with her older sister, Meghan. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where she earned her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. After graduating, she spent the best summer as a counselor at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida, a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Before starting medical school at the University of Central Florida, she enjoyed a year of teaching at an underserved elementary school in rural Miami. She eventually left the great Sunshine State after medical school and has loved the lively, musical city of Nashville. Her passion for teaching was reinforced during pediatric residency and she also developed an interest in quality improvement and clinical research. She loved her residency experience so much she had to do what her significant other, Brett, calls a “victory lap” as one of the chief residents.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors, staying active, and reading books (especially with the Vandy Peds book club!). She appreciates the many parks and hiking areas in Tennessee and is working on some gardening skills since moving to a more rural part of Nashville (with a few alpaca neighbors). She loves going back home to Miami to visit her adorable niece and nephew, Charlotte and Jack! Her next step after chief year will be moving on to fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology.

vandypedschiefs@vumc.org

M.D.
University of Central Florida College of Medicine 
Residency
Pediatrics - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jordan Busing, MD

Jordan
Busing
MD
1st Year Fellow
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Dr. Jordan Busing completed his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, medical school at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and undergraduate in Chemical & Biological Engineering at The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. During residency, he pursued his research interests under the mentorship of Dr. Maribeth Nicholson on C. difficile and fecal microbiota and with Dr. Girish Hiremath reviewing the microbiome as it relates to eosinophilic esophagitis. His career goals include further research into diagnostics and treatment for eosinophilic disorders.

Prior to his career in medicine, Dr. Busing worked as a NASA engineer in the payloads division of the International Space Station. He enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, and he is an avid Alabama college football fan.

Delivery Address
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
10233
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9175

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine (Birmingham, AL)
College: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Margaret Barton, MD

Margaret
Barton
MD
1st Year Fellow
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Margaret grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia, where she majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and then went on to do her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

She has an interest in simulation, and during residency, helped educate residents on crash carts and facilitated mock codes on the inpatient floors. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, attending dance workout classes and spending time outdoors.

Delivery Address
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
1025
Nashville
Tennessee
37232-9001

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University 
Undergraduate: University of Virginia, B.S. Neuroscience and Psychology