WELCOME

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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 leads 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.

ABOUT US

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.

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RESIDENCY LEADERSHIP

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, Elizabeth.

Catherine Burger
Assistant Program Director 

Catherine Burger, M.D. is an assistant professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Burger 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 graduation from the Vanderbilt University Emergency Medicine Residency, she then completed her 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 

Kelly Scott was born in Lubbock, TX. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and returned to Texas for medical school at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center. Her interests within emergency medicine are primarily focused on medical education. When she's not at work she enjoys hiking, trail running, finding new ways to entertain her dog Charlie, hanging out with her husband and co-residents, and watching North Carolina basketball. 

Sarah Beth Sewell
Program Coordinator

Sarah Beth truly is the backbone of our department. She goes above and beyond to ensure everything runs smoothly and always puts the resident's best interest in mind. 

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

Contact:

sarah.b.sewell@vumc.org