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Chief Residents for 2017-2018 

Over the years we've been fortunate to have outstanding residents; annually, doubly so as we are allowed 2 distinguished residents to stay-on and act as leadership for the PGY1-3s. Our chiefs have a history of bringing new ideas in teaching, implementation, policy, and technological innovation to the table in ways that are evident to all in the department. This year is no different. In fact, the chiefs have already begun to implement their creativity and are already making an impact.




Karan Shah, MD

Karan Shah was born in Mumbai, India. He moved to the United States at the age of 12 and graduated from Pine Grove Area High School in central Pennsylvania. He then attended Bucknell University and graduated with a degree in Biology and Religion. During his undergraduate studies, Karan decided to pursue an honors thesis in Biology and helped run the Greek system successfully by serving as the President of Inter-Fraternity Council. He was accepted as an early assurance candidate at Wake Forest School of Medicine. During his time at Wake, he continued to do research and was lucky to have great mentors who helped peak his interest in Emergency Medicine. While in medical school, Karan met his current fiancé, Shweta. Karan has served on the TNAAEM board, as a resident representative, and on the Vanderbilt House Staff Advisory Council, as a Co-chair. After his Chief year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in emergency administration and hopes to build an academic career around his passion for improving healthcare systems and making them more efficient and feasible while continuing to teach. In his free time, Karan likes to read about history, play and watch sports, and travel..


Austin Smith, MD

Austin Smith, M.D. is a Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he majored in finance and biology. He completed his medical degree at The University of Texas School of Medicine before completing residency at Vanderbilt. His professional interests include resident education, medical ethics, medical photography, and development of clinical pathways. He has several peer reviewed publications on a variety of topics. He also serves as a member of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical ethics committee. In his free time, he enjoys exercise, travel, the outdoors, and most of all, spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter.