Lipid Clinic

The Lipid Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides advanced care for adults and children with high cholesterol, high triglycerides and other lipid disorders. We have the expertise to help you manage your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Conditions We Treat

  • Elevated lipoprotein(a)
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Hypoalphalipoproteinemia (low HDL)
  • Hypobetalipoproteinemia (low cholesterol)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Mixed dyslipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Premature coronary artery disease

Lipid Clinic Care Team

Lipid Clinic: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the best heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.
  • Unique expertise: If you have inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia), our specialists are uniquely skilled to care for you. Patients from all over the Southeast seek our expertise. We also have special insights on combination therapy, understanding which medications complement others and how to balance them for people with lipid disorders.
  • A team approach: Our team includes specialists in cardiology, endocrinology and lipidology, as well as a registered dietitian. Their combined experience and knowledge mean comprehensive care for you.
  • Personalized care: Our team will design a diet and exercise plan just for you. We also will tailor your medication or combination of medications. If you have trouble tolerating lipid-lowering medications, we can recommend other treatments that may work better.
  • Specialty pharmacy: We can help you get approved for specialty medications that may not have been available to you before. Our specialty pharmacy can often make advanced medications, such as PCSK9 inhibitors, more accessible to patients.
  • LDL apheresis: If you have severely high cholesterol and medications aren’t lowering it, we provide LDL apheresis. Through a process like kidney dialysis, a machine removes LDL cholesterol from your blood plasma. Patients have this life-saving therapy every one to two weeks, depending on their condition.
  • Clinical trials: As the largest academic medical center in Middle Tennessee, our doctors investigate new and better ways to care for patients with lipid disorders. We participate in studies testing new medications and gene therapy. We also are part of a national registry identifying patients with familial hypercholesterolemia. At Vanderbilt, you have access to promising new treatments before they are widely available elsewhere.
  • Genetic counseling: With one of the only cardiovascular genetic counselors in the region, our team can better determine how a lipid condition affects you and your family. If you have an inherited condition, our genetic counselor will evaluate your family tree and identify others at risk. We may recommend genetic testing, as well, which can help guide treatment and family screening.

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Cardiovascular risk assessment
  • Combination lipid-lowering therapy
  • Genetic counseling
  • LDL apheresis
  • Lifestyle modification counseling
  • Medication


Vanderbilt Heart
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave. S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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Vanderbilt Heart One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 22100
Nashville, TN 37204
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For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Lipid Clinic, call (615) 343-9188.