Judy Jenkins
Clinical Research Navigator

Judy Jenkins MSN, RN, a native Nashvillian, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. Louis University. She returned to Nashville to work as an ICU Staff Nurse at St. Thomas Hospital, but, wishing to grow professionally, she returned to school, earning a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She enjoyed 16 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Vascular Surgery affiliated with St. Thomas Hospital, devoted to patient education and management while developing an interest in clinical research and writing. In that capacity, she coordinated the first Phase I trial of endovascular grafts for the repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in the United States. Her passion for research and writing led her to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1995 where she established the Clinical Research program for the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Since its inception, the Trauma/SCC research program has successfully conducted numerous industry-sponsored trials, federal grants and investigator-initiated trials, maintained data/specimen repositories and ensured research regulatory compliance for the Division of Trauma. Judy’s research expertise includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), hemorrhagic shock, sepsis and pneumonia. Her practice almost exclusively utilizes the surrogate consent process and she has extensive experience in emergency research, including implementation of exception from informed consent for emergency research (EFIC; 21 CFR 50.24). She has published in the areas of vascular surgery, trauma and surgical critical care, and continuous physiologic monitoring. Judy joined the Vanderbilt Coordinating Center in 2016, in addition to her work in the Division of Trauma, to provide research expertise at the Institution level.