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New Clinician Spotlight: Matthews Chacko

Apr. 8, 2021—Matthews Chacko, MD, has joined Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute as an assistant professor of Medicine, an interventional cardiologist and the director of peripheral vascular interventions.

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New Clinician Spotlight: Robert Ramirez

Apr. 5, 2021—Robert Ramirez, DO, a thoracic and neuroendocrine oncologist, has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center after practicing at Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science Center in New Orleans.

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Schools of Medicine, Law rise in 2022 U.S. News rankings

Apr. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University’s graduate programs showed continued strength in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, which were released this week.

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New Clinician Spotlight: Aaron Brinen

Mar. 26, 2021—Aaron Brinen, PsyD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He began seeing patients on Oct. 1, 2020.

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Dance Marathon rings up funds for Children’s Hospital

Mar. 24, 2021—Recently, students from 12 colleges and high schools across the area teamed up to host one collective virtual dance marathon event, called “Marathon of Marathons,” to raise funds for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Jeffries named dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Mar. 24, 2021—Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, an internationally recognized leader and innovator in nursing and health care education, will become dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, effective July 1, pending Board of Trust approval.

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COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium study highlights racial disparities, increased mortality for patients facing dual diagnoses

Mar. 19, 2021—The COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19) published new findings in the Annals of Oncology showing heightened mortality and racial disparities for patients with cancer diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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HBCU scholars program expanding enrollment

Mar. 11, 2021—The James Puckette Carter Scholars Program, the result of a partnership between Meharry Medical College (MMC), Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), intended to increase the number of physicians who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in health care, is expanding to double its enrollment capacity.

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Hockey Fights Cancer skates on to support Children’s Hospital

Mar. 10, 2021—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patient Lochlin Morris was named Champ of the Game at the Nashville Predators’ Hockey Fights Cancer game on Saturday, March 6. Beginning last season, each home game features a Children’s Hospital patient on the jumbotron as a Vanderbilt Health Champ of the Game.

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VUMC mourns loss of radiology pioneer Payne

Mar. 5, 2021—W. Faxon Payne, MD, who helped establish the outpatient radiology service at The Vanderbilt Clinic beginning in 1987 until his appointment as emeritus professor in 1995 and retirement in 2000, died Feb. 16. He was 95.

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Probiotic protection

Mar. 4, 2021—A probiotic factor given early in life to mice prevented intestinal inflammation in adulthood, providing a rationale for probiotic intervention in individuals at high risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease.

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A shot in the arm

Mar. 3, 2021—Country music icon Dolly Parton received her COVID-19 vaccination at Vanderbilt Health Tuesday from Naji Abumrad, MD, and urged everyone not to hesitate to get their vaccine when they become eligible to receive it.

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