Cecilia P. Chung, MD, MPH


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Brief Description

Dr. Cecilia Chung is a junior physician-scientist with training in rheumatology, clinical pharmacology, and pharmacoepidemiology. Her research is funded by a K-23 award from NIAMS and by a Career Development K Supplement from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

Following her training in Peru and Canada, she earned an M.P.H. degree from Vanderbilt University and worked under the mentorship of Drs. Ted Pincus, Wayne Ray, and Mike Stein. In the US, she completed internship, internal medicine residency and the clinical part of her rheumatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After Johns Hopkins, Dr. Chung returned to Vanderbilt University to complete the research oriented part of her fellowship and was recruited to join the faculty at Vanderbilt in July of 2012.

Dr. Chung is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine on the tenure track. Her research has focused on (1) Pharmacoepidemiology, in the area of drug safety, (2) Clinical research, in the area of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatic conditions, and (3) Pharmacogenetics.

Specific projects include:

1. CYP3A mediated serious drug interactions in Rheumatology

2. Safety of long-acting opioids in adult patients with non-cancer pain

3. Opioid Toxicity in Children

4. Atherosclerosis in patients with SLE and RA 5. Genetic determinants of response to immunosuppressants


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