j. scott vanepps, md, phd

Clinical Lecturer, Emergency Medicine
Investigator, Biointerfaces Institute


Dr. VanEpps is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan.  He received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Molecular Biology and Chemical Engineering in 2001.  He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his MD as well as his PhD in Bioengineering in 2009.  He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy in 2013 and will continue his research training at the University of Michigan. 

During his doctoral training, Dr. VanEpps’s research focused on the relationship between cardiovascular biomechanics and the development of coronary artery disease.  He has developed custom designed ex vivo perfusion systems to recreate realistic in vivo cardiovascular fluid and solid mechanics in the laboratory.  In addition, he has extensive experience in computational modeling including finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics.  He is currently investigating bloodstream infections associated with intravascular devices.  Specifically, he is interested in bacterial adhesion to artificial surfaces and the development of novel materials to prevent adhesion. 

Dr. VanEpps’s pre-doctoral research was funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health.  During residency he received funding from the Emergency Medicine Foundation.  His current research fellowship is funded by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.