Eric Kerchberger, MD


Clinical Address:
Vanderbilt Lung Institute, 719 Thompson Lane, OHO, Room / Suite 20300, Nashville, TN 37204, Phone 615-322-2386

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Research Description

How common genetic variation influences risk and outcomes during critical illness syndromes including the acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis.
Brief Description
Dr. Vern Eric Kerchberger earned his baccalaureate degree from Yale University in chemistry in 2008. Upon graduation he entered medical school at Emory University, completing his MD degree in 2012. Eric did his internship and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center) from July of 2013 through June 2015 and immediately entered the fellowship program at Vanderbilt in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In August of 2018 he began a master's degree program at Vanderbilt University in biomedical informatics, with graduation anticipated in 2020. Upon completion of his fellowship in July 2020, he took up his role as Instructor in Medicine on the Vanderbilt faculty. Dr. Kerchberger is actively engaged in clinical and translational research, with a focus on using large electronic health record databases for critical illness phenotyping and to study the role of genetic variation in critical illness syndromes including the acute respiratory distress syndrome. His research reaches across multiple disciplines and has fostered collaborative efforts with faculty in the Department of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Vanderbilt Genetics Institute. Dr. Kerchberger has consistently demonstrated a passion for teaching during his clinical fellowship. He received the Hugh Jackson Morgan Teaching Award for Best Fellow Teacher during his first year of fellowship training in recognition of his commitment to teaching from the internal medicine residency program. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the American Society of Human Genetics.


MD - Emory University School of Medicine
BS, Biochemistry - Yale University
Medical Doctorate. Emory University School of Medicine. Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science. Yale University. New Haven, CT

Clinical interest

Acute respiratory distress syndrome. Sepsis. Respiratory failure

Board and Certifications

Internal Medicine (2015), Pulmonary Medicine (2017), Critical Care Medicine (2018)
Honors and Awards
06/2016 Hugh Jackson Morgan Teaching Award for Best Resident Teacher, VUMC
07/2017 - 08/18 B.H. Robbins Scholar, VUMC Department of Anesthesiology
05/2019 American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship – Assembly on Critical Care
10/2019 Reviewers' Choice Abstract Award – American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting.
09/2020 American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship – Assembly on Critical Care.