CHRISTINA VAUGHAN, MD, MHS
Christina Vaughan, MD, MHS is Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center where she began her post in August, 2017. She is now the Chief of the Section of Neuro-palliative care and spends her time in clinic and attending the inpatient Palliative care service. In clinic she sees patients with chronic life-limiting neurologic conditions and their families, and works with an interprofessional team.
Her interest in neurology is long-standing as she was inspired by 2 close family members with Parkinson disease (PD). She began her career with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. She then completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) where she worked in an experimental therapeutics laboratory. While at the NINDS she used the rat model of PD to evaluate the effects of different drugs on dyskinesia. Upon completion of the fellowship she pursued a masters degree (MHS) in mental health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She received a summer grant from the American PD Association (APDA) to conduct research with The Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence and stayed on at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to work on clinical research in PD. Although the research was stimulating, Dr. Vaughan realized she was more interested in taking care of patients with neurologic disease and decided she wanted to pursue a career in Movement Disorders as a physician. As such she went to medical school and graduated from the State University of NY at Buffalo, in her home town. She was awarded a medical student summer fellowship through the PD Foundation (PDF) to participate in research in deep brain stimulation in PD and pursued this at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed Neurology residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then went to Chicago to complete a 2-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center. While at Rush and for several years afterwards she served as the Medical Advisor to the Help Line with the PDF. Once training was completed she worked as a movement disorders specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina for 4 years. After several years of practice, she realized she wanted to broaden the scope of the care she could provide and went back to training for one more year and completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine/Hospice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Vaughan considered this training one of the highlights of her career and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about comprehensive care of patients and their families.