Andrew Giritharan, MD

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Andrew Giritharan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology’s Movement Disorders division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also the Assistant Program Director for the Adult Neurology Residency Program and Associate Neurology Clerkship Director for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Giritharan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Giritharan leads many of the department’s educational programs. He is a trusted debriefer for the Cultivating Increased Resilience in the Clinical Learning Environment (CIRCLE) Program, Master Clinician Teacher, and a Portfolio Coach for the School of Medicine. He participates in the Geoffrey Fleming Academy for Excellence in Education Mentorship Program, and has served as a faculty advisor and mentor for several residents and research candidates. Dr. Giritharan has earned institutional awards such as the Resident Teaching Award, Excellence in Patient Experience Award, and Medical Student Teaching Award.

Dr. Giritharan’s research experience includes clinical studies for drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in such journals as Neurology, Journal of Parkinson’s disease, and Movement Disorders.

Prior to his appointment at VUMC, Dr. Giritharan completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Oregon Health & Science University, and, concurrently, the Human Investigations Program at the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute. He earned his M.D. from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, followed by Neurology residency at VUMC where he served as Chief Resident his senior year. He earned his B.S. in Physiology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale where he graduated summa cum laude.