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Nashville PDCEN

The Nashville Post Deployment Cardiopulmonary Evaluation Network (PDCEN) is located at the Nashville VA Medical Center (VAMC). As part of the PDCEN, the Nashville VAMC provides specialized and comprehensive clinical evaluations to Veterans who develop chronic respiratory symptoms during or after deployment. Additionally, we work with VA and Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators to perform basic, translational, and clinical research to better understand how respiratory disease develops after deployment, how it affects the health of affected Veterans over time, and how it can be non-invasively diagnosed. Hear more about our mission and function from our site director, Dr. Bradley Richmond, by watching the video below.

Explore some of our collaborations and scholarly works below:

  • Gutor SS, Richmond BW, Du RH, Wu P, Lee JW, Ware LB, Shaver CM, Novitskiy SV, Johnson JE, Newman JH, Rennard SI, Miller RF, Blackwell TS, Polosukhin VV. Characterization of Immunopathology and Small Airway Remodeling in Constrictive Bronchiolitis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med Vol. 206. 2022, May 13.
  • Gutor SS, Richmond BW, Du RH, Wu P, Sandler KL, MacKinnon G, Brittain EL, Lee JW, Ware LB, Loyd JE, Johnson JE, Miller RF, Newman JH, Rennard SI, Blackwell TS, Polosukhin VV. Postdeployment Respiratory Syndrome in Soldiers With Chronic Exertional Dyspnea. Am J Surg Pathol. 2021 Dec 1;45(12):1587-1596. doi: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001757. PMID: 34081035; PMCID: PMC8585675.
  • King MS, Eisenberg R, Newman JH, Tolle JJ, Harrel FE, Nian H, Ninan M, Lambright ES, Sheller JR, Johnson JE, Miller RF. Constrictive Bronchiolitis in Soldiers Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. N Engl J Med. 2011 July 21; 365:222-230 doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1101388.
  • Richmond BW, Miller RF. The Honoring Our PACT Act: An Improved Commitment to Veterans' Health. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2023 Apr;20(4):508-509. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202208-718VP. PMID: 36410012.
Site Director, Dr. Bradley Richmond, is board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. In addition to his role with the PDCEN, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research focuses on the mechanisms through which chronic inflammation alters epithelial differentiation to drive small airways’ disease.