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Wound healing society honors VUMC’s Davidson

May. 26, 2016, 10:08 AM

Jeff Davidson, Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was honored last month at the joint 27th annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society meeting in Atlanta for “outstanding lifetime achievement in wound healing.”

Jeff Davidson, Ph.D.
Jeff Davidson, Ph.D.

Davidson is the 2016 recipient of the John Boswick Memorial Award and Lectureship, given annually by the Symposium for “global, selfless leadership in improving the scientific understanding or care of persons with wounds and lifelong dedication to the field of wound care.”

“It was particularly gratifying to be recognized by clinicians who appreciate the contribution of basic and translational research to their specialty,” said Davidson, also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

A past president of the Wound Healing Society and of the American Society for Matrix Biology, Davidson focuses on connective tissue biochemistry, scaffolds for tissue repair and the interplay of growth factors in wound healing. He has more than 200 publications in these fields.

Last July, Davidson assumed the editorship of the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration. He has chaired scientific conferences on extracellular matrix and tissue repair, served on numerous government advisory panels, and consults with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Davidson earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 1975, and was a senior staff fellow at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and an associate professor of Pathology at the University of Utah before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1986.

He is the second Vanderbilt faculty member to receive the Boswick Memorial Award, named for the late John Boswick, M.D., former president of the American Burn Association. Lillian Nanney, Ph.D., professor of Plastic Surgery and of Cell and Developmental Biology, was honored in 2014.

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