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46 VUMC physicians named ‘America’s Top Doctors’

Jul. 18, 2003—The just-published third edition of America's Top Doctors lists 46 VUMC physicians among its rankings, an increase over the 39 cited in the book's second edition, published last year.

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VUMC Smallpox Vaccine Study to Examine Ability of Bandages to Contain Virus

Jul. 9, 2003—As questions continue to swirl around President Bush's national smallpox vaccination plan, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching a new smallpox bandage trial that will help answer questions about one of the major issues associated with receiving the vaccine.

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Migratory ability of cancer cells examined

Jun. 23, 2003—Researchers are working to understand the process of how cancer cells develop the ability to migrate from their original location, settle and begin growing in another distant organ.

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Vanderbilt Psychiatrist Studying Fog Associated with Chemotherapy

Jun. 17, 2003—Laurel Brown, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the principal investigator of a pilot study currently underway in The Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology to uncover the cause of cognitive deficits many breast cancer patients experience after being treated with chemotherapy, often referred to as "chemo brain" or "chemo fog."

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Vanderbilt-Ingram researchers speak to world at national cancer conference

Jun. 12, 2003—A team of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center physician-scientists gathered with their colleagues here earlier this week to hear, discuss and present some of the latest advances in care for patients with cancer.

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VICC offers new light therapy for esophageal, lung cancers

Jun. 4, 2003—The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is now offering a technique that uses a light-activated drug to help restore the ability to swallow in patients whose esophagus is blocked by cancer.

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VUMC receives top international ranking for heart transplant trial

May. 30, 2003—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been ranked No. 3 worldwide in enrollment for an international trial testing the efficacy of a new immunosuppressant drug for use in heart transplant patients.

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VUMC offers innovative pastoral education program

May. 28, 2003—Hospital patients who face difficult decisions sometimes turn to a chaplain or pastor and ask, "What should I do?" or "Why is this happening to me?"

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VUMC doctors perform first robotic surgery

May. 28, 2003—Vanderbilt's first robotic surgical procedure was performed in mid May by Dr. Joseph A. Smith Jr., William L. Bray Professor and Chair of Urologic Surgery. Smith used VUMC's new $1 million-plus Da Vinci Surgical System, built by Intuitive Surgical, to perform a radical prostatectomy.

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Vanderbilt, Meharry establish new Center for AIDS Research

May. 27, 2003—Vanderbilt and Meharry have been collaborating with NIH for several years on research involving HIV/AIDS, which is spread primarily by sexual contact and intravenous drug use. The goal of the new grant is to encourage further collaboration between the schools, and train new investigators to advance AIDS treatment and prevention.

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Plans for new Children’s Hospital to highlight kickoff event for Eve of Janus Ball

May. 19, 2003—Plans for the Monroe Carell Children's Hospital will highlight a kickoff event for the Eve of Janus Ball on Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., in the lobby of the Frances Williams Preston Building on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Vanderbilt-Ingram begins enrolling current, former smokers in National Lung Cancer Screening Trial

Apr. 2, 2003—Current and former smokers are needed for a new study to determine if screening people with either spiral computerized tomography (CT) or chest X-ray before they have symptoms can reduce deaths from lung cancer.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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VUMC campus

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

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