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Author: Jessica Pasley

Rare condition leads to new heart, second chance for girl

Jan. 31, 2013—Michelle Browning never imagined her nursing skills would save the life of her youngest child. But without her natural instinct to begin CPR her daughter, 9-year-old Lexi, may not have survived after her heart suddenly stopped.

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Calkins lands award from Research to Prevent Blindness

Jan. 24, 2013—David Calkins, Ph.D., vice chair and director of Research for the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, was recently awarded a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Senior Scientific Investigator Award.

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Son’s kidney donation to his mother the ultimate gift

Dec. 20, 2012—For as long as Noah Harrison can remember, he has made all of his mother’s Christmas, birthday and other special occasion gifts by hand. But this year, Harrison’s gift for his mother goes beyond the typical card or crafty ornament. It can officially be labeled the best gift ever and it came a week early....

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Kidney Transplantation Program celebrates 50 years

Nov. 8, 2012—There are many reasons why David Shaffer, M.D., surgical director of the Kidney Transplantation Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, loves his job.

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Special lenses help restore physician’s fading vision

Oct. 25, 2012—Camiron Pfennig, M.D., still fondly remembers performing her first operation. The then 5-year-old aptly used the brightly colored, chunky plastic tools from her Fisher Price doctor’s kit to extend the life of her beloved stuffed animals and dolls.

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Glaucoma research highlighted at VEI symposium

Oct. 4, 2012—Vision experts from around the country recently gathered at the 2012 Vanderbilt Eye Institute symposium “Regenerative Medicine in Glaucoma” to discuss the impact that regenerative medicine has on neurobiological diseases.

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Grants help propel glaucoma, macular degeneration research

Sep. 27, 2012—Three Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members have been awarded grants from the American Health Assistance Foundation to support their research on glaucoma and macular degeneration — the two leading causes of irreversible blindness in the world.

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Transplant Center programs honored for strong outcomes

Sep. 20, 2012—Three Vanderbilt Transplant Center programs were recently recognized for having high-performing outcomes by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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O’Day left legacy of passion, humility, kindness

Sep. 11, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is mourning the loss of longtime faculty member Denis O’Day, M.D., director of the School of Medicine’s Emphasis Program and professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

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Eye clinic paves way to better vision for children

Aug. 30, 2012—Nothing brings Brandi McRedmond a bigger smile than seeing one of her patients in tears. It’s the telltale sign that their lives are about to change, for the better. McRedmond, M.A., M.Ed., works as an educational consultant for the PAVE program at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment) offers free...

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VEI clinic seeks to meet low-vision needs of area children

Aug. 23, 2012—Nearly 50 patients will come to the Vanderbilt Eye Institute this weekend to take part in a special clinic for school-age children with low-vision needs. PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment) provides clinical low-vision evaluations, prescribed optical devices, instruction and follow-up as well as technical assistance for eligible youth ages 3-21 in Tennessee. The...

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Upgrade bolsters ‘Wizard’s physician information

Aug. 9, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians are now able to update more of their own provider information that is contained in the “Find a Doctor” portion of VanderbiltHealth.com. The information recently made accessible to providers includes specialty, education, board certification, title and post-graduate training. Doctors will be able to sign into the Communication Wizard system and...

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