About the Clinic

Shade Tree Clinic is a comprehensive, free health clinic run by Vanderbilt University medical students.

We strive to be the medical home for Nashville residents with limited resources by providing free, quality care for acute and chronic illnesses, social services, and health education. Since 2004, Vanderbilt’s medical students have played a pivotal role in creating and expanding an extraordinary, primary care medical home for hundreds of patients in Middle Tennessee. Through Shade Tree Clinic, medical and nursing students from Vanderbilt are able to enhance their medical education through practical, hands-on experience, while providing important health care and social services to a community in need. Shade Tree’s success depends on the generosity of our donors, the support of Vanderbilt, the passion of our volunteers, and collaboration with the community and our patients. It takes a team to succeed, and we are confident that we are succeeding.