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VISE team seeks to develop new robot to ease prostatectomies

Apr. 11, 2019—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team of Robert Webster III, PhD, and Duke Herrell, MD, have received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new surgical robot for endoscopic transurethral prostatectomy.

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Smith named president-elect of Tennessee Medical Association

Apr. 11, 2019—M. Kevin Smith, MD, PhD, MMHC, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) effective in May. He will serve as president from May 2020-May 2021.

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Biostatistics expert Zeger set for next Discovery Lecture

Apr. 11, 2019—Scott Zeger, PhD, professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and a leading expert on the application of biostatistics to improve health around the world, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 18.

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Social Worker of the Year

Apr. 11, 2019—Erika Rodriguez-Muñoz, LMSW, receives her plaque from Josh Owens, LCSW, director of Transition Management, after she was named Carolyn Edwards Social Worker of the Year at the annual Social Work Luncheon. Rodriguez-Muñoz works at Vanderbilt Women’s Health One Hundred Oaks.

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Facility dog helps rehabilitate patients with neurologic diagnoses

Apr. 11, 2019—The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences’ newest employee is a physical therapist — but he also has a wet nose and wagging tail.

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Study reframes approach to targeted therapy resistance

Apr. 11, 2019—When a tumor mutates and develops resistance to a targeted therapy, researchers often focus on the acquisition of new mutations within the drug target as they seek an alternative treatment, but a team of Vanderbilt scientists has shown this may not be sufficient.

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Radiology ‘nighthawks’ provide 24/7 ED coverage

Apr. 11, 2019—Emergencies aren’t restricted to daytime hours, and real-time interpretation of radiographic images can be crucial when determining the best treatment for critical patients.

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Friends & Fashion raises funds for Children’s Hospital in style

Apr. 11, 2019—Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt held its annual fundraising event, Friends & Fashion, on Monday, April 1, at Music City Center. The fashion show and luncheon, now in its 29th year, was themed ‘Superheroes’ and included current and former Children’s Hospital patients walking the runway alongside professional models.

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Upgrade to bring enhanced features, functionality to eStar

Apr. 4, 2019—In the early morning hours of April 7, eStar, the Epic-based electronic health record (EHR) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will undergo its first major upgrade since the system went live in a coordinated “Big Bang” across most of the Medical Center in November 2017.

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Report seeks to streamline EHR de-identification

Apr. 4, 2019—Over the past few decades the electronic health record (EHR) has become an object of intensive study, opening new ground in biomedical research. Natural language sections of the EHR, such as physician’s notes and health team messages, are a rich vein for research, but patient privacy considerations entail first scrubbing patient identifiers from these notes and messages. Historically, this has been accomplished through large, complex software systems that are expensive to develop and maintain.

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Panel explores tobacco-control legislation efforts

Apr. 4, 2019—Tobacco control legislative initiatives in Tennessee and other states were discussed during the spring Research into Policy and Practice Lecture sponsored by the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and NashvilleHealth.

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Events to focus on education about advance directives

Apr. 4, 2019—Health care professionals throughout the United States are encouraging patients and their families to document their preferences related to their health care during an awareness campaign known as National Healthcare Decisions Day, celebrated on Tuesday, April 16. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is hosting several events for employees to promote the importance of completing an advance directive for health care.

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