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Author: Jill Clendening

Service initiative amplifies importance of including and respecting all

Feb. 24, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has an extraordinarily diverse workforce and embracing the differences of every employee is the theme of “Defining Personalized Care: We Commit to Be …,” the latest segment of a multiyear Culture of Service initiative underway at the Medical Center.

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Patient’s healing extends far beyond her shoulder injury rehab

Feb. 18, 2021—Eric Bowman, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon practicing at Vanderbilt Orthopae-dics Franklin, first met 52-year-old Michelle O’Donnell when she had a lingering shoulder injury. As he began his examination, he realized the Vanderbilt Health community needed to step up for her in a big way.

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Diabetes Day focuses on diversity, inclusion in research

Jan. 28, 2021—Vanderbilt Diabetes Day, an annual event which showcases the work of outstanding scholars and researchers in the fields of diabetes and endocrinology from throughout the United States, looked quite a bit different in November 2020 as the attendees connected virtually for sessions presented over two days.

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Gardocki joins VUMC to add endoscopic, outpatient spine procedures

Jan. 22, 2021—Raymond Gardocki, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he will provide outpatient, endoscopic spine procedures expected to minimize post-surgical pain and reduce recovery time for adult patients with degenerative spine conditions.

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VUMC mourns loss of otolaryngologist and surgeon Ries

Jan. 8, 2021—William Russell Ries, MD, professor of Otolaryngology and Carol and John S. Odess Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 5. He was 67.

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Naslund to step down as head of Vascular Surgery; division to become department

Jan. 7, 2021—Thomas Naslund, MD, professor of Surgery, will be stepping down as chief of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s division of Vascular Surgery, a role he has performed adeptly for 21 years.

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Pancreatlas provides access to complex images of the human pancreas

Dec. 22, 2020—Images of cells and tissues are a critical part of biomedical research as they show which molecules or proteins are present and where these molecules are located in the tissue. Using increasingly sophisticated microscopes and imaging approaches, scientists can now look at more than 40 different molecules at once, an approach known as multi-plex imaging, where in the past they could only look at three or four molecules at a time.

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Researchers urge priority vaccination for individuals with diabetes due to increased COVID-19 impact

Dec. 4, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have discovered individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes infected with COVID-19 are three times more likely to have a severe illness or require hospitalization compared with people without diabetes.

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Panel discusses current health policy landscape

Dec. 3, 2020—The difficulty of policymaking with a divided government and electorate was the underlying theme of the Research into Policy and Practice webinar sponsored by the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as panelists and attendees gathered virtually to take measure of the post-election American landscape, over which hangs the pall of a surging pandemic.

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My Health at Vanderbilt adds End of Life Care Plan

Dec. 2, 2020—Improvements to the web-based My Health at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Health’s online patient portal, have made it easier for health care teams — including patients and their designated health agents — to add and access an End of Life Care Plan to guide medical decision making.

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Mencio named president-elect of orthopaedic surgery board

Nov. 18, 2020—Gregory Mencio, MD, Neil E. Green, MD Professor of Orthopaedics and chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been elected president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). The one-year term will prepare him for his role as president of the board in October 2021. “It’s a great honor to be...

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Employee Resource Groups provide vital connection, support

Nov. 11, 2020—As part of an ongoing commitment to foster inclusion and celebrate diversity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, two new Employee Resource Groups have recently been formed, bringing the total to six.

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