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Author: Paul Govern

Study tracks repercussions from reduced pre-op testing

Jan. 17, 2019—When clinical teams at Vanderbilt University Medical Center dramatically reduced several types of preoperative testing for elective surgery patients, there were no repercussions for these patients in terms of case cancellation rates, average length of stay in the hospital or rates of readmission to VUMC.

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Clinical Data Research Network primed for growth

Jan. 10, 2019—The Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, is a collaborative effort among a group of large health care systems to support and conduct innovative comparative effectiveness research and clinical trials.

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Study uses IT to prevent early childhood obesity

Dec. 20, 2018—A research team led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, has been approved for a $7 million research funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a randomized, multi-center trial comparing clinic and consumer information technology approaches to promote healthy behaviors and prevent early childhood obesity.

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Seven named as fellows of Medical Informatics Association

Dec. 20, 2018—Seven Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees are among an inaugural group of 130 fellows of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

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New directorship honors Boehm’s devotion to patients

Dec. 13, 2018—In 1938, Frank Boehm’s parents fled Nazi Germany, where relatives on his father’s side would later be rounded up and sent to the death camps, never to return. “Fortunately, my dad had the vision and foresight to get out of Germany while he still could,” Boehm said.

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Parsing diabetic skin infections

Nov. 29, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a role for an inflammatory mediator in diabetic skin infections, suggesting new therapeutic targets for this common complication of diabetes.

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Matheny elected to American College of Medical Informatics

Nov. 1, 2018—Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, associate professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Medicine, is one of 18 fellows recently elected to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).

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Study shows mass shootings trigger blood donations

Oct. 29, 2018—When the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history unfolded in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, former TV news reporter M. James Lozada III, DO, was in Chicago completing a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Now an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Lozada had worked in Las Vegas from 2004 to 2006, his final two years as a broadcast journalist.

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Moore named to continuing education hall of fame

Oct. 25, 2018—Donald Moore Jr., PhD, professor of Medical Education and Administration and director of the Office for Continuing Professional Development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will be inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame as a member of the IACEH Class of 2018. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 10 in New Orleans.

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Malin elected to National Academy of Medicine

Oct. 15, 2018—Bradley Malin, PhD, professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Computer Science, is among 85 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the organization announced this week.

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Team’s study reveals hidden lives of medical biomarkers

Oct. 11, 2018—What do medical biomarkers do on evenings and weekends, when they might be considered off the clock?

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Study reveals new targets to inhibit pulmonary fibrosis

Oct. 4, 2018—In a study out this week in Science Translational Medicine, an international team led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center sheds new light on the cause of pulmonary fibrosis and demonstrates a way to impede the disease in mice.

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