Dr. Herring's Research

Dr. Herring’s Research Team

Dr. Herring has been engaged in clinical research since 1986, longer than anyone in Middle Tennessee. We do a variety of Hepatology and Gastroenterology Clinical Trials. Our office is conveniently located off 1-24 and Harding Place. We are located in a free standing facility at 330 Wallace Road Suite 103 Nashville, TN 37211. We have a friendly and educated staff. For more information about available trials, please call Christy Swope, RN, Clinical Director of Research at 615-835-4738 and leave your name and a contact number. 

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  • Dr. Robert W. Herring, JR- Primary Investigator
  • DR. ROBERT W. HERRING, JR. is a native of Nashville. He attended John Overton High School where he was valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar in 1972. He was the 1972 Debate Champion of the Southeast Region of the National Forensic League as well as State Champion. A Phi Beta Kappa scholar, he received double majors in Biology and Chemistry at Birmingham-Southern College graduating summa cum laude.  He was also President of the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee where he was in the scholastic honors fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha. He was also Vice-President of his medical school class. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest University and his Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 1985. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology. Dr. Herring is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and is a former Governor of the Tennessee Chapter. He chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Tennessee Medical Association after serving for ten years. He served as President of the Young Physicians Section of the Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Herring is a past president of the Tennessee Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. He is also President of the Middle Tennessee Gastroenterology Independent Practice Association. 

  • Edmond T. Conway, FNP-C Sub Investigator
  • Mr. Edmond T. Conway, FNP-C is a native of Knoxville, TN. After graduating from Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as minors in Political Science and History. He then did graduate work at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville obtaining a Masters in Nursing in 1996. During his course of study, he was recognized by Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was initiated into the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. Upon graduation he completed his boards and received certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. During his training he specialized in Family Practice and obtained experience in Occupational Medicine as well. In the year 2001, he joined Nashville Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.  He is currently a member in good standing of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Association of the Study of Liver Disease. In his free time he enjoys the company of his beautiful wife and their two children as well as the two family dogs. He also enjoys golfing and exercising. 

  • Christy C. Swope, RN—Clinical Director of Research
  • Christy is a native of Rutherford County, TN. She graduated from Smyrna High School. She then attended Tennessee State University where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing. She is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She has worked at Summit Medical Center in the Same Day Surgery Unit. She was also a charge nurse at Dialysis Associates. She began working for Dr. Herring in 1999. She is a member in good standing of the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses Association. Christy is a Master Gardner and is also certified in electronics and general mechanics. She also enjoys crocheting. Christy and her husband enjoy gardening and country music and have completed several landscaping projects. 

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