Vance L Albaugh, MD PhD
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Nashville, TN USA


Dr. Vance Albaugh is from a small, working class town in Western Pennsylvania forty miles east of Pittsburgh. He attended Coastal Carolina University on an academic scholarship, earning his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in biology and chemistry. He then matriculated at Penn State University as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Albaugh completed his dissertation in physiology entitled, Mechanisms of the Metabolic Side Effects of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs, under the direction of Christopher J. Lynch, PhD, in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Penn State. After completing his undergraduate medical training he transitioned to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to begin his surgical residency. Dr. Albaugh has completed the majority of his training in general surgery and plans to complete a subspecialty clinical fellowship in bariatric surgery. He is currently an NRSA-supported postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt University directed by Naji N. Abumrad, MD, within the Department of Surgery. His project, Mechanisms of Bile Acid Signaling and Metabolism following Gastric Bypass (F32DK103474), aims to look at the role of bile acids following bariatric surgery and how those compounds can potentially be used to develop new therapeutics for diabetes and obesity.