Clinical Faculty and Nursing and Dietitian Staff

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BirtRobert (Bobby) Birt, RN, MSN
As a professional nurse, he enjoys caring for sick, elderly, and chronically ill individuals in the healthcare setting. He also enjoys learning more about patient care involving various disease processes and holistic/culturally competent care in chronic illness. Bobby is interested in staying up to date with ongoing medical research and believes that evidenced-based medicine should be a driving force in current standards of care. He has spent clinical time at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, observing and participating in the care of patients through evidenced-based practice. Bobby graduated with a BSN degree from Valdosta State University in 2007 and has nearly seven years of experience caring for patients in the bedside nursing role, primarily in the Emergency Department. He recently completed an accredited graduate nursing program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his MSN as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.


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Pattie Clevenger, RN 2, CDE


ColvinKatherine Walls Colvin, MSN, APN-BC, is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic. She has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine with degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University. She specializes in managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, insulin pumps, Cystic Fibrosis related diabetes, steroid induced diabetes, as well as other endocrine disorders. She is concerned with the patient's overall health and wellness and empowering the patient to manage their disease condition.


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Norma Edwards, APRN


annAnn Rice Hackett, APRN-BC, ANP, WHNP
Ann Hackett, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who is dually Board Certified in Women's Health and Adult Nursing. Her primary interests include insulin pump therapy, Humulin RU500 insulin, inpatient management of diabetes, gestational diabetes, continuous glucose sensors, and the effects of behavioral modifications on blood glucose.  She has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine with two degrees from Vanderbilt University, including Masters of Science in Nursing.  In addition, she is a certified pump trainer and is a preceptor for the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


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Ken Jenkins, RD, LDN, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator and Dietitian


Janie Lipps, APRN, BC, CDE headshotJanie (Lipps) Hagan, APRN, CDE
Janie Lipps is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Center for Diabetes Care, and Nurse Coordinator of DCCT, Epidemiology of Diabetes Intervention and Complications (EDIC), and other clinical research trials. Her research interests include finding ways to improve care for persons with diabetes, testing new diabetes drugs and monitoring techniques. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and a frequent speaker on diabetes and results of diabetes research.


kingElaine Boswell King, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE

Elaine Boswell King is the Program Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic Diabetes Self-Management Education Program which has been nationally certified by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as an Education Recognition Program.  She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator who has specialized in diabetes since 1983.  Her experiences include caring for patients with Type 1 and Type diabetes, training health care providers in professional and patient education, and coordinating various clinical research studies.  She has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt School of Nursing with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harding University and Vanderbilt University.  


brettBrett Kinzig, APRN
Brett Kinzig is a Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Center. He has worked specifically with diabetes and endocrine disease management for the last seven years. Previously, he worked as a Registered Nurse on Vanderbilt's telemetry units and in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. His major professional interests concern the management of Diabetes Mellitus and other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia and obesity. He strongly believes in the power and efficacy of preventative care and patient education in the successful management of these conditions. In addition, he is a certified pump trainer and a member of the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Nurses Association and Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses.


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Amy Kranick, Dietitian II, RD, CDE


jamesJames B. Mills, Jr., MSN, ANP-BC, CDE

James Mills is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease Management.  With degrees from Murray State University and Vanderbilt University, James has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine.  His past employment includes working as a Registered Nurse in Vanderbilt’s Adult Emergency Department and in their Post Anesthesia Care Unit.  He is a Certified Diabetes Educator and specializes in Inpatient Diabetes Management which includes:  Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes, Steroid Induced Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes.  Special interests include working with patients to ensure proper diet, exercise and medication compliance, which encourages patients to manage their over-all health and wellness.  James is also a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students from various universities around the country.


PattersonPatricia Patterson, RN, CDE

Patricia Patterson has been a registered nurse since 1988. She has been a certified diabetes educator since 1995. She offers diabetes education in the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic. Patricia has worked with Dr. Jagasia and the Gestational Diabetes Clinic to educate and manage blood sugar in pregnant women since 2005. She teaches patients on many aspects of diabetes care.


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Cheryl Rhodes, RN 2, CDE


Connie Root, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, ADM-BC, CDE  headshotConnie Root, APRN, CDE
Connie Root has been working as a diabetes clinical nurse specialist since 1987. She has degrees both in Education and Nursing. Her experience includes caring for patients with diabetes in Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic and Vanderbilt Endocrinology Research Department. She is conducting research in the area of insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors and is adjunct clinical instructor at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Her special interests are diabetes and organ transplants, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors.


blakeBlake Salmony, APRN
Blake Salmon is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a subspecialty in Cardiovascular disease management, and works in the Eskind Endocrine and Diabetes clinic in Franklin TN. He has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine with degrees from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Goucher College. He specializes in managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, insulin pumps, thyroid disease, parathyroid disease, as well as chronic illness managment associated with decreasing microvascular and macrovascular complications. Blake is concerned with the patient's overall health and wellness, and empowering the patient to manage their disease condition.