Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University
Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program
2200 Children’s Way
Nashville, Tenn. 37232
The Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has a long history of care for children and young adults with pulmonary vascular disease. It has been under the direction of Eric Austin, MD, MSCI supported by Anna Brown, DNP CPNP since 2012. Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides an excellent opportunity to integrate a robust clinical Pediatric PH Program with an experienced research enterprise in collaboration with experts in pediatric as well as adult PH. Our broad programmatic support allows us to sustain an excellent medical home for our patients and families while also offering them access to research opportunities. In addition to our participation in investigator-initiated and industry-initiated clinical trials, we are involved in multiple local, national, and international clinical and research collaborations specific to pediatric PH, including as a member of the North American Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network (PPHNet), the TOPP-2 International Registry and the PAHBiobank.
PH Program Physicians
- Eric Austin, MD, MSCI (Medical Director)
- Michael O’Connor, MD
- Rizwan Hamid, MD PhD
- Anna Brown, CPNP, DNP
Duration of Program’s Existence
- Over 25 years
Number of PAH Patients Being Actively Managed
Number of Patients on IV/SQ Therapy
Support Services Available
- Pediatric General and Cardiac Anesthesia
- Pediatric Central Line Placement and Repair
- Pediatric Interventional Cardiology
- Pediatric Interventional Radiology
- Congenital Heart Disease program
- Chronic outpatient ventilator and severe lung disease management
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Pediatric Dietary/Nutrition
- Pediatric Palliative Care
- Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Services
- Pediatric Hematology and anticoagulation services
- Pediatric Social Work
- On-Call Pediatric Pulmonary/Cardiology Service (24/7)
- Transplantation Referral
Eric D. Austin, MD, MSCI
- Pediatric Pulmonology
- 2008 – MSCI – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation
- 2001 – MD – Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
- 1996 – BA – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 2007-2008 – Fellowship in Clinical Proteomics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and NHLBI Clinical Proteomics Program, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2005-2008 – Fellowship, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2004-2005 – Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colo.
- 2002-2004 – Residency, Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colo.
- 2001-2002 – Internship, Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colo.
- 2008-2017 – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2017-present – Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Current Hospital and Administrative Appointments
- 2008-Present – Attending Physician, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2015-2017 – Associate Director, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2017-present – Director, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2012-present – Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Department of Pediatrics and Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- Click here for recent pulmonary hypertension publications by Dr. Austin.
Anna M. Brown, CPNP
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- 2016 – DNP – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2008 – MSN – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
- 2004 – BSN – Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.
Current Academic Appointments
- 2012-present – Faculty, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.
Current Professional Experience
- 2012-present – Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program; Department of Pediatrics; Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine; Vanderbilt University; Nashville, Tenn.
New and established patients interested in making an appointment with the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital can do so by contacting:
- Telephone: (615) 875-6901
- Fax: (615) 322-7553