Photo: Meenakshi Swaminathan Madhur, MD, PhD
Meenakshi Swaminathan Madhur, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2020
Current membership category: Active
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2215 Garland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37215
United States of America
Phone: 615-875-3273

Biographical statement

Dr. Madhur graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Biology and completed her MD/PhD training from the University of Virginia, obtaining her PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. She then returned to Duke University for Internal Medicine training and completed her Cardiology fellowship at Emory University, where she spent 3 years obtaining further basic science postdoctoral training. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2012 and is now an Associate Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiology. Dr. Madhur studies immune mechanisms of hypertension and end-organ damage with a focus on adaptive immunity and T cell derived cytokines. Her research has defined roles of specific cytokines including interleukin 17, interleukin 21, and interferon gamma in both renal and vascular dysfunction in hypertension. She has published her work in high impact journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), JCI Insight, and Hypertension. She has received numerous career awards including an American Heart Association (AHA) Hypertension Council Harry Goldblatt New Investigator Award, American Physiological Society (APS) Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section New Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Young Physician Scientist Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award, AHA Established Investigator Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She currently serves on the editorial boards of JACC: Basic to Translational Science and Hypertension and is an Associate editor for Cardiovascular Research. Dr. Madhur also serves in leadership roles within the AHA and American College of Cardiology (ACC). She has presented, organized, and/or chaired sessions for the AHA and subspecialty conferences, APS meetings, and the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week meeting. Dr. Madhur has been elected as a fellow of both the AHA (FAHA) and ACC (FACC).

Institutional affiliations

Christopher S. Williams, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Internal Medicine