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Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! For decades, Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine has been a leader in education and clinical excellence. We are on a mission to train the future leaders in emergency care who will be ready for any job. Here at Vanderbilt, you will not only learn in one of the highest acuity EDs in the country, but you will also learn skills for managing your career, life, and wellness. I would invite you to explore our pages and learn more about our residency program. I would also encourage you to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about what is going on day-to-day here in Nashville and at Vandy.


Since 1992, the VUMC EM residency has been serving the complex needs of our region. Our vision is to leverage our unique training environments to train resident physicians to deliver timely, safe, effective, equitable, and personalized care to any patient, anytime, anywhere. Our graduates will be prepared for patient-centered leadership in the next generation of emergency care.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center is located in the heart of Nashville, TN. It is a quaternary care center serving the citizens of Tennessee in addition to parts of 4 neighboring states. VUMC is a leading research organization devoted to patient-centered research and receives research funding from many federal sources, Our department is a leader in emergency care research and enrolls thousands of patients per year in multiple high quality, multicenter studies. It is an NIH-designated comprehensive cancer center, comprehensive stroke center, and the only Level I adult trauma, Level I pediatric trauma, and comprehensive burn center in middle Tennessee. In addition to our residency program, VUMC is also home to more than ninety other training programs with over one thousand residents and fellows which means that you will learn alongside other superior trainees from across the country.  We look forward to hearing from you and thank you again for your interest in our program.




Matthew Pirotte 
Program Director 

Dr. Pirotte did his undergrad at the University of Kansas and medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. Following this, he completed his residency in emergency medicine at Northwestern where he served as chief resident. He has been an attending in the emergency department at both Loyola and more recently Northwestern and served as both assistant clerkship director and assistant residency director. Dr. Pirotte is passionate about teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a focus on procedures, practice transition, and personal finance.  He lives in 12 South with his wife Christiana (an anesthesiologist at Vanderbilt), their 2 children Zoe and Tommy, and their beloved English Springer Spaniel Lilly.  In his free time, Dr. Pirotte enjoys reading novels, entertaining, cooking, outdoor sports, and gaming.


Andrew Pfeffer
Assistant Program Director 

Dr. Pfeffer was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in American History from Brown University and his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine here at Vanderbilt and served as Chief-Resident from 2013-2014. Dr. Pfeffer is currently a mentor for Batson College in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He assumed the role of assistant program director for the program in 2021. His academic interests include medical education and health policy/advocacy. Outside of the ED, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, son Noah, and his daughters Charlotte, Emma, and Elizabeth.


Catherine Burger
Assistant Program Director 

Dr. Burger is an assistant professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology and history at the University of Michigan followed by her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  After graduating from the Vanderbilt University Emergency Medicine Residency, she then completed Chief Residency at Vanderbilt as well. After five years serving as faculty at Vanderbilt, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2021. Shortly after finishing her fellowship, she became assistant program director in 2021. She enjoys international medicine, running, volleyball and cooking.

Aaron Lacy
Chief Resident 


Dr. Lacy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) before attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine where he graduated as a member of the Gold Humanism Society. He completed his residency at Vanderbilt and is now serving as Chief Resident. While in residency he began working as a medical crewmember for Vanderbilt LifeFlight and obtained status as a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. His professional interests include residency education, research in airway management, and aerospace medicine. He enjoys soccer, the outdoors, reading, and trying new food in Nashville with Amy, his girlfriend. 

Kelly Scott
Chief Resident 


Dr. Scott was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Archaeology from the University of North Carolina, followed by her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She completed residency at Vanderbilt and is now serving as Chief Resident. Her interests include residency education, running, riding bikes, and exploring Middle Tennessee’s trails with her husband Brian and dog Charlie. 

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Nick Srica
Rising Chief Resident  ('22-32)

Dr. Srica was born and raised in New York. He completed his undergraduate degree in Health Science with a concentration in Emergency and Critical Care at Stony Brook University. He then received his medical degree from New York Medical College, graduating as a member of both Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). He went on to complete residency at Vanderbilt and is now serving as Chief Resident. His professional interests include medical education, administration, and resident/medical student mentorship. He enjoys golf, hiking, New York sports, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife Karly and their beloved German Shepherd Luna.

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Graham Van Schaik
Rising Chief Resident  ('22-23)

Dr. Van Schaik completed his undergrad in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and medical school here at Vanderbilt. He liked it so much he wanted to stay on for his EM residency and is now one the Chief Residents in the 2022-2023 year. While in residency Graham was inducted into Vanderbilt's AOA, began working as a Flight Physician for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, and fostered an interest in VUMC EM operations. Professionally he is interested in department efficiencies, research in RSI, and Wilderness Medicine. When not in the hospital he is typically found in the climbing gym, on a trail, or on a mountain. 


Chelsea Finn
Assistant Program Coordinator

Chelsea was a Nashville native before relocating to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with her husband.  She has been a Rockstar with the department since 2017 but has been supporting the residency program since 2021.  Her interests include endurance hiking, bodyboarding, exploratory cooking, and camping with her husband and their 6 kids.   She is happy to help in any way she can, so please feel free to contact her with any questions!





Tammy Tankersley
Program Coordinator

Tammy is the newest member of the EM team. She is a Nashville native and has been with VUMC for 15 years. She is the proud mom of one daughter (Alyssa), and her two handsome Golden Retrievers, River and Raine (River pictured). In her spare time she enjoys working in her yard, walking on trails with her Golden boys, crafting and spending time with family and friends. 

Please reach out to her with any questions you may have about our program.