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Author: Kathy Whitney

Petracek named permanent chair of Cardiac Surgery

Dec. 12, 2013—Michael Petracek, M.D., has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Cardiac Surgery.

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Program helps children with complex care needs

Dec. 5, 2013—David Hall, M.D., has joined the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the director of the new Program for Children with Medically Complex Needs within the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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Collins recalled as icon of medical education

Dec. 3, 2013—Robert D. Collins, M.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Emeritus, died Nov. 28. He was 85.

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Hasselblad, Wilson named to key Heart Institute roles

Nov. 21, 2013—Ahead of its move into new space on the fifth floor of the Critical Care Tower in February, the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute has announced two key position changes.

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Heart Institute studying absorbable coronary stent

Nov. 14, 2013—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is participating in a clinical trial to evaluate a medical device for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

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Framingham Heart Study’s landmark impact examined

Oct. 3, 2013—While the Framingham Heart Study is often referenced throughout the halls of academia, few know its origin or can fully appreciate the contribution it has made to the understanding and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Researchers identify novel biomarker for diabetes risk

Sep. 17, 2013—Researchers at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital have identified a biomarker that can predict diabetes risk up to 10 years before onset of the disease.

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Embolism not about to change young singer’s tune

Sep. 12, 2013—As a member of the Tune Town Show Chorus, 20-year-old Kyla Hallums was used to belting out songs and thought it strange when she became short of breath on Sept. 1.

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Heart Institute hits ventricular assist device milestone

Aug. 22, 2013—Cardiac surgeons recently performed Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute’s 100th ventricular assist device (VAD) implant.

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‘Envelope’ reduces cardiac implant infections

Aug. 8, 2013—Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is the first in the United States to use a new fully resorbable “envelope” that encloses implantable cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and internal cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and helps prevent surgical site infections.

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New technique eases stroke risk for atrial fibrillation patients

Aug. 1, 2013—People with the most common irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (AF) are at greater risk for stroke due to the formation of clots in the left atrial appendage (LAA), a small pouch which empties blood into the left atrium.

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Byrd named president of echocardiography society

Jul. 25, 2013—Benjamin Byrd III, M.D., professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named president of the 16,000-member American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for a one-year term following the society’s 24th Annual Scientific Sessions, which were held earlier this month in Minneapolis.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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