Our Team


Debra L. Friedman, M.D.Debra L. Friedman, M.D.

Dr. Friedmans research interests lie in supportive oncology during cancer therapy, in the long-term outcomes for cancer survivors, as well as in the design of novel therapeutic protocols for childhood cancer, designed to decrease adverse long-term effects of therapy. She is an internationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship, participating in projects evaluating best practices and models of care. She is investigating a diverse group of physiologic and psychosocial short and long-term outcomes among pediatric and adult cancer survivors and conducts similar research along the cancer continuum. She also conducts research in cancer health disparities and prevention. Dr. Friedman has leadership roles in survivorship, pediatric, adolescent and young adult oncology in the Childrens Oncology Group (COG) and other research consortia. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2008, she served as the co-director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at CHOP and then, as the founder and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program.

Physicians and Other Healthcare Providers

Jill H. Simmons, MDJill H. Simmons, M.D.

Dr. Simmons' research interests include studying the biochemical markers of hypothalamic obesity in newly diagnosed neuron-oncology patients and the prevalence of decreased bone mineral density and poor growth in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and celiac autoantibodies.

Rachel Conklin, MMS, PA-CRachel Conklin, MMS, PA-C

Rachel is currently leading a telemedicine clinical and research initiative with the goal of providing survivorship care to patients completing treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram satellite facilities. She aims to investigate patient satisfaction with the telemedicine care model and survivorship outcomes in her work.

In addition to seeing the clinical care team, you may be referred to other medical sub-specialties at Vanderbilt-Ingram, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and in the community.

Research Team

KC imageKristin Carson, CCRP, Research Coordinator

Kristin Carson serves as the Research Coordinator for psychosocial studies in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric and Adult Cancer Survivorship.

Bruce Compas, Director of Psycho-Oncology Research