Payton Nashe is a Biological Sciences Major with a Japanese Minor at Vanderbilt University. He plans on continuing on after undergrad to obtain an MD, with the aspiration of becoming a neurosurgeon. He is interested in the issues of health care disparities across the country, and in the future, hopes to provide affordable and accessible health care in marginalized communities. As a scholar in the Get Experience in Aging Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) at Penn, he also had the unique opportunity to complete the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program during the inaugural summer of GEAR UP.
Nashe worked on two projects. The first project was with Laurie Norton and Kayla Clark, and it focused on building and testing a heart disease prevention program that will be tested in a randomized control trial in the fall of this year at Penn as part of the ASCVD Risk Reduction Initiative. In his second project, he worked with Howard Julien on examining the rates of imaging utilization among patients in the cardiovascular division during the COVID-19 pandemic era compared with the time prior to the pandemic, as well as creating a database of physician payments from the health care industry for query and examination of trends of pharmaceutical and device company payments over time.
At Vanderbilt, Nashe is a member of the Vanderbilt Pre-Medical Society, works and helps over at the Nursing School, and often shadows over at Vanderbilt Hospital. Last summer, he was an intern at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College and conducted research regarding youth violence and affordable housing. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing the violin, and playing video games or watching shows with friends.