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Reporter Aug 3 2018

VUMC celebrates personalized care successes, charts course for FY19

Aug. 2, 2018—During the August Leadership Assembly at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, patients whose lives have been restored through personalized care shared their emotional stories, illustrating the Medical Center’s longtime commitment to use the latest advancements in genomic medicine as a powerful tool to tailor care to the individual.

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Repairs in the basement membrane

Aug. 2, 2018—Studies in fruit flies have shed light on how the basement membrane — a sheet-like scaffold that wraps around most animal tissues — is repaired after being damaged.

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Genetic balancing act

Aug. 2, 2018—New findings about proteins involved in DNA repair are important for understanding why some cancers are more or less resistant to certain therapies.

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New surgery for heart pump implants helps reduce hospital stays

Aug. 2, 2018—Artel Thorpe Sr. of Jackson, Tennessee, recently became the first person in the United States to undergo a new, less invasive surgical technique for implanting a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) heart pump since it was granted Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval on July 11.

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Grant set to boost patient-centered outcomes research

Aug. 2, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year federal grant to train investigators in Learning Healthcare Systems research, aimed at improving patient outcomes and the community’s overall health.

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Solórzano named interim Department of Surgery chair

Aug. 2, 2018—Carmen Solórzano, MD, professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, has been named the interim chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Surgery.

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State honors life of legendary researcher Thomas

Aug. 2, 2018—The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee is honoring the life and accomplishments of Vivien Thomas, an African-Am- erican laboratory assistant at Vanderbilt from 1930-1941 who developed several operative techniques, designed surgical instruments, supervised surgical laboratories, and instructed at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for more than 35 years.

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New audiology clinic makes debut in Green Hills

Aug. 2, 2018—Adult patients now have a convenient new option for hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations and fittings and other services with the opening of a new audiology clinic in Green Hills.

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Deitte named to ACR Board of Chancellors

Aug. 2, 2018—Lori Deitte, MD, professor and vice chair of Education for the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, was recently appointed to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors as the chair of the Commission on Publications and Lifelong Learning. She assumed this position at the ACR 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Communication Camp

Aug. 2, 2018—The Pediatric Speech and Language Clinic at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center recently held the second annual Augmentative and Alternative Communication summer camp.

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Summer Science Academy inspires students, families

Aug. 2, 2018—Since it began 16 years ago, the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) has provided research experiences for roughly 2,000 undergraduates from colleges around the country. Nearly half are members of under-represented minority groups; many are the first in their families to pursue graduate or medical degrees.

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White Coat Ceremony ushers in newest medical students

Aug. 2, 2018—As the 96 members of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s first-year class took their seats at the front of 208 Light Hall, Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, welcomed them and their family members to the school’s annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony.

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