Director, Center for Emergency Care Research and Innovation

Dr. Collins is Professor, Executive Vice Chairman and director of the Center for Emergency Care Research and Innovation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His current research interests are in acute heart failure (AHF) and ED-based clinical trials. Dr. Collins completed residency at the University of Cincinnati. After his chief resident year, he spent 10 years as faculty at the University of Cincinnati and was promoted to Associate Professor. During this time, he completed a research fellowship and obtained his MSc in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. In July 2011, Dr. Collins joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an Associate Professor. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and was elected as a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and the American Heart Association. He recently served as the first emergency physician elected to the Board of Directors of HFSA. This is HFSA's highest governing body. Dr. Collins is currently funded by NHLBI, DOD, AHRQ and PCORI. He co-directs an AHF clinical trials network which was utilized for his recently completed PCORI randomized trial. He has directed and served on several steering committees for international AHF trials and has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts often as first or senior author.


Sean Collins, MD, MSc

Professor of Emergency Medicine