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Author: Doug Campbell

Spinal surgeries help restore young patient’s mobility

Nov. 10, 2022—by Nancy Humphrey Reagan Brown was 7 years old in 2015 when she started dragging her right leg as she walked. Her parents took her to a chiropractor, then an orthopaedic specialist in her hometown of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who recommended physical rehabilitation. But her gait worsened, and she was referred to Steven Lovejoy, MD,...

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Terker selected as VUMC Discovery Scholar in Health and Medicine

Oct. 27, 2022—  by Bill Snyder Andrew Terker, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been selected as the 2022 VUMC Discovery Scholar in Health and Medicine. The Discovery Scholars program was launched in 2020 with funding from the Brock Family Directorship in Career Development...

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Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital named to Leapfrog list of top maternity hospitals

Oct. 27, 2022—Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital has been named among the top maternity hospitals in the nation.

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Study sheds light on the development of inflammation, high blood pressure and resulting kidney damage

Oct. 20, 2022—by Bill Snyder Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found that the change in a single letter of the genetic code promotes, in a mouse model, the development of inflammation, high blood pressure and resulting kidney damage. Their findings, featured Oct. 14 on the cover of Circulation Research, suggest that targeting inflammatory cytokines, signaling...

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Three Vanderbilt faculty elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Oct. 17, 2022—Three Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected this year to membership in the National Academy of Medicine, a prestigious, non-governmental organization that advises the nation and the world on important aspects of medical science, health care and public health.

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Jahangir shares COVID lessons at Reunion Weekend

Oct. 13, 2022—by Bill Snyder As head of Metro Nashville’s COVID-19 Task Force during the height of the pandemic, Vanderbilt orthopaedic trauma surgeon Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, witnessed a wide swing of human emotions. Mask mandates, designed to curb the spread of the virus, were met with resistance and outright hostility. Yet many Nashvillians quietly went out...

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Patient journeys from South Africa for lung transplant

Sep. 29, 2022—Mervyn Joseph, who searched the world over for the best place to be considered for lung transplant, is thankful he found Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Directorships honor VUMC leaders and philanthropic partners

Sep. 8, 2022—by Doug Campbell Last week, Vanderbilt University Medical Center held a Directorship Celebration to honor 21 leaders from across the enterprise in clinical care, research, education and administration. “Endowed directorships support the excellence of our leading physicians and scientists,” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, CEO of VUMC and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine....

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After a career of service to others, Raiford to retire

Aug. 31, 2022—  by John Howser A chance opportunity to visit a friend in Nashville and give a lecture led David Raiford, MD, to Vanderbilt University Medical Center more than three decades ago. He has been here ever since. After a career of unwavering service to his patients, colleagues, and trainees, Raiford, chief of Clinical Staff for...

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New high-tech biobank safeguards critical specimens

Aug. 25, 2022—by Bill Snyder Vanderbilt University Medical Center has opened a state-of-the-art automated biobanking system that can store as many as 10 million biospecimens, including blood and body fluids, tissue, and genetic and protein material, at temperatures down to minus 80 degrees Celsius. The “BioStore” was purchased from its manufacturer, Massachusetts-based Azenta Life Sciences, with the...

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Collaboration brings nursing education to Metro Schools

Aug. 25, 2022—by Matt Batcheldor VUMC nurses are collaborating with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to mentor high school students to become medical assistants or care partners who have identified a future goal of being a registered nurse. Members of the Medical Center’s Nurse Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (NDEIC) will meet monthly with 19 high school...

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Orthopaedic Outreach Day lends a helping hand

Aug. 25, 2022—by Nancy Humphrey More than 60 Vanderbilt Health employees volunteered their time on Saturday, Aug. 20, so that 15 uninsured patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cyst and other hand disorders, as well as knee and shoulder issues, could receive surgical treatment. Eight orthopaedic surgeons, nine resident surgeons and seven anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists participated in...

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