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Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has one of the only specialized Autonomic Dysfunction programs in the U.S. We bring together cardiologists, neurologists and other specialists to care for unstable blood pressure and other conditions caused by an autonomic nervous system disorder.

Autonomic Dysfunction Program: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Top specialists: We were the first program in the U.S. devoted to patient care, research and education in autonomic dysfunction. David Robertson, MD, co-founded our program in 1978 and later helped found the American Autonomic Society. Many doctor-scientists who trained with the Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Program have established similar programs in other parts of the world. We are the coordinating medical center for the Autonomic Disorders Consortium, a group dedicated to finding new ways to treat and cure the disease.
  • Depth of experience: Doctors across the nation refer their autonomic dysfunction patients to Vanderbilt. As one of the busiest programs anywhere, our experience means expert care for you. We offer specialized evaluation and testing not available at most medical centers.
  • A team approach: Our team includes experts in cardiology, neurology, movement disorders, geriatrics and more. We work together to develop a care plan just for you. Then we coordinate it with your primary care doctor, local cardiologist or other specialist.
  • Support services: Our specialty pharmacists ensure you have the right medications and know how to take them. They can advise you on lab monitoring and financial assistance, if needed.   
  • Research and clinical trials: As part of an academic medical center, our doctors research new ways to diagnose and manage autonomic dysfunction. That means you have access to innovative treatments before they are widely available.

Conditions We Treat

  • Autoimmune autonomic neuropathy
  • Baroreflex failure
  • Diabetic autonomic neuropathy
  • Dopamine beta-hydroxylase deficiency
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA) (Shy-Drager syndrome)
  • Neurally mediated syncope
  • Non-diabetic autonomic neuropathy
  • Norepinephrine transporter deficiency
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Pure autonomic failure (PAF)
  • Small fiber neuropathy

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Blood volume assessment
  • Motor reflex testing
  • Neurohormonal assessment
  • Paraneoplastic antibody panel
  • Standardized autonomic function testing
  • Tilt-table test with electroencephalography (EEG)


Vanderbilt Heart
1215 21st Ave. S, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Maps and Directions

Autonomic Dysfunction Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Autonomic Dysfunction Program, call (615) 322-2318.