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Lipid Clinic

The Lipid Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides advanced care for adults and children with high cholesterol, high triglycerides and other lipid disorders. We have the expertise to help you manage your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Conditions We Treat

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    Hypoalphalipoproteinemia (low HDL)
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    Hypobetalipoproteinemia (low cholesterol)
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    Metabolic syndrome
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    Mixed dyslipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides)
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    Premature coronary artery disease

Meet Your Care Team

Barbara G. Carranza Leon
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Barbara G. Carranza LeonMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Diabetes, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, General Surgery, Lipid Disorders
Amanda C. Doran

Amanda C. DoranMD, PhD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, General Cardiology, Hypercholesterolemia and/or Dyslipidemia, Preventive Cardiology
Jennifer C. Kelley
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Jennifer C. KelleyMD, MSCE

    Diabetes, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lipid Disorders, Pediatric Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes and Type 1 Diabetes
Macrae F. Linton
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Macrae F. LintonMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Hypercholesterolemia and/or Dyslipidemia, Internal Medicine, Preventive Cardiology
Melissa F. Wellons
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Melissa F. WellonsMD

    Diabetes and Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Female Reproductive Diseases

Why Choose Lipid Clinic at Vanderbilt

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    Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by leading authorities on health care quality. People from throughout the Southeast and across the country rely on us for the best and most innovative care possible. 

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    Unique expertise

    If you have inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia), our specialists are uniquely skilled to care for you. Patients from all over the Southeast seek our expertise. We also have special insights on combination therapy, understanding which medications complement others and how to balance them for people with lipid disorders.

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    Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

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    Personalized care

    Our team will design a diet and exercise plan just for you. We also will tailor your medication or combination of medications. If you have trouble tolerating lipid-lowering medications, we can recommend other treatments that may work better.

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    Specialty pharmacy

     We can help you get approved for specialty medications that may not have been available to you before. Our specialty pharmacy can often make advanced medications, such as PCSK9 inhibitors, more accessible to patients.

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    LDL apheresis

    If you have severely high cholesterol and medications aren’t lowering it, we provide LDL apheresis. Through a process like kidney dialysis, a machine removes LDL cholesterol from your blood plasma. Patients have this life-saving therapy every one to two weeks, depending on their condition.

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    Clinical trials

    As the largest academic medical center in Middle Tennessee, our doctors investigate new and better ways to care for patients with lipid disorders. We participate in studies testing new medications and gene therapy. We also are part of a national registry identifying patients with familial hypercholesterolemia. At Vanderbilt, you have access to promising new treatments before they are widely available elsewhere.

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    Genetic counseling

    With one of the only cardiovascular genetic counselors in the region, our team can better determine how a lipid condition affects you and your family. If you have an inherited condition, our genetic counselor will evaluate your family tree and identify others at risk. We may recommend genetic testing, as well, which can help guide treatment and family screening.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Cardiovascular risk assessment
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    Combination lipid-lowering therapy
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    Genetic counseling
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    LDL apheresis
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    Lifestyle modification counseling
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1215 21st Avenue South, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 22100
Nashville, TN 37204