Director, Clinical Trials Center and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Collins completed his undergraduate work at Boston University in 1993, receiving a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He then went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin, before attending the residency program at the University of Cincinnati, where he was chief resident. He subsequently received an MSc in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Collins joined the staff at Vanderbilt in 2011 as an Associate Professor. The primary focus of his research is acute heart failure. His collaboration with Dr. Alan Storrow resulted in funding on a K23 grant from the NIH/NHLBI investigating heart failure risk-stratification after acute therapy (funding period 2008-2013). The aim of this grant is to determine objective endpoints of acute heart failure therapy, facilitating safe, early hospital discharge. Dr. Collins has over 50 peer-reviewed heart failure manuscripts, co-chairs an international heart failure clinical trial network, and has served on several steering committees which have investigated novel therapeutic agents in acute heart failure. His wife Kim, is a pediatrician, and they have 4 children.