Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Global Health Topic(s)

Epidemiology, Vaccines



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2600 Village at Vanderbilt
1500 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37212


M.D., Universidad Nacional San Luis Gonzaga
M.P.H., Vanderbilt University

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Carlos Grijalva M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Grijalva is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine-Health Policy (Division of Pharmacoepidemiology) and Co-Director of Vanderbilt's Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) research center. Dr. Grijalva is also, a member of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, a Scholar at the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, and an investigator at the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center. His interests include the evaluation of medications' safety and effectiveness; the design of observational studies; and, methodologies for comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Grijalva is experienced designing and conducting studies of medications effects using large databases, and his research focuses on the assessments of medications used for diabetes, opioid analgesics and biologic medications, vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases - especially pneumococcal and influenza infections - and the evaluation of the effectiveness of vaccination and other preventive programs. Dr. Grijalva is also the Principal Investigator for a prospective cohort study that was recently conducted among Peruvian Andean children to evaluate the burden of viral respiratory infections and the interaction between respiratory viruses and bacteria. Dr. Grijalva serves as the Course Director for Epidemiology I in the Vanderbilt Master of Public Health program. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and mentored several junior investigators. His current work is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Thrasher Foundation, among other sources.

Research Interests: Vaccine preventable diseases, influenza, pneumonia, pneumococcal diseases