Associate Professor, Vice Chairman for Research and director of the Clinical Trials Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. His current research interests are in acute heart failure (AHF) and ED-based clinical trials.

Dr. Collins completed residency at the University of Cincinnati. After his chief resident year, he spent 10 years as faculty at the University of Cincinnati and was promoted to Associate Professor. During this time, he completed a research fellowship and obtained his MSc in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. In July 2011, Dr. Collins joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an Associate Professor. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and was elected as a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and the American Heart Association. He recently became the first emergency physician elected to the Board of Directors of HFSA. This is HFSA’s highest governing body. Dr. Collins is currently funded by NHLBI and PCORI. His PCORI trial evaluates interventions in patients with AHF discharged from the ED. He co-directs an AHF clinical trials network which is being utilized for his PCORI randomized trial. Dr. Collins is also co-director of Vanderbilt’s NIH K12 program. He has directed and served on several steering committees for international AHF trials and has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts often as first or senior author.



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