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Section of Surgical Sciences Archives

Bile acids mediate metabolic benefits of weight-loss surgery

Jan. 10, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt investigators has pinpointed the role of bile acids and a specific signaling pathway in the positive metabolic effects of weight-loss surgery.

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Investigators find that bile acids reduce cocaine reward

Aug. 30, 2018—Bile acids — gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats — reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Honoring Beauchamp

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—Friends and colleagues surrounded R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, during a recent reception honoring him for his many contributions and dedicated service as chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences since 2001.

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Karp to succeed Beauchamp as Surgical Section leader

Apr. 5, 2018—After successfully leading Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Section of Surgical Sciences and serving as the Medical Center’s Surgeon-in-Chief since 2001, R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, is stepping down. Beauchamp will be succeeded in this role by Seth Karp, MD, H. William Scott Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center.

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Surgical group works to expand heartburn treatment options

Dec. 19, 2017—For three years, 79-year-old Jerry Mock didn’t fully enjoy family vacations or gatherings with friends because his gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) was so debilitating that eating even a bite of food after 1 p.m. guaranteed he’d have intense burning pain in his throat and chest that night.

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Community service project

Dec. 14, 2017—For its annual community service project, VUMC’s Section of Surgical Sciences collected travel-size toiletries to make 200 care packets for guests of the Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) of Nashville.

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Vanderbilt Women in Surgery

May. 18, 2017—The Section of Surgical Sciences recently hosted an inaugural Vanderbilt Women in Surgery event that featured a panel discussion with three prominent female Nashville surgeons: Bonnie Miller, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education and Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs; Gretchen Jackson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Pediatric Surgery; and Jeanne Ballinger, M.D., general surgeon with Saint Thomas Health.

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Perdikis named Department of Plastic Surgery chair

Apr. 20, 2017—Galen Perdikis, M.D., professor and chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, has been named professor and chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Plastic Surgery. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

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Warm donations

Dec. 8, 2016—The Section of Surgical Sciences Warm Coat Drive in support of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Homeless Health Services rounded up 75 warm coats as well as hats, gloves and socks.

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Award honors Beauchamp’s teaching, research

Nov. 17, 2016—R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, has been selected to receive the 2016 Dr. Rodman E. and Thomas G. Sheen Award from the New Jersey American College of Surgeons (ACS) Chapter.

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New tools help prepare patients before, after surgical procedures

Apr. 14, 2016—Randal Fowler left Vanderbilt University Medical Center 19 years ago with a brand new heart, so he’s accustomed to following doctors’ orders to a T, but when he recently checked in for hip replacement surgery he learned something new.

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John Sawyers, a steady hand in the operating room and as head of Surgical Sciences, dies at 90

Mar. 22, 2016—John Sawyers, M.D., whose decades-long career as a surgeon culminated in the chairmanship of the Vanderbilt Section of Surgical Sciences from 1983 to 1995, died Friday, March 18. He was 90. Dr. Sawyers was known for his surgical skill and his steady manner both in the operating room and the conference room. “Dr. Sawyers was...

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