Department of Surgery

Novel device helps extend window of time to preserve hearts donated after cardiac death

In the first such procedure, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has transplanted a DCD (donation after cardiac death) heart using XVIVO Heart Assist Transport (XHAT), a novel cold organ perfusion device.

Record year for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center saves 739 lives

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center established a new record in calendar year 2023 for total solid organ transplants, performing 739 lifesaving procedures among its adult and pediatric organ transplant programs.

Fatty acids rewire energy supply chain in stomach cancer development

A study by Vanderbilt researchers has revealed how metabolic changes spurred by fatty acids contribute to the transformation of cells into abnormal versions of themselves that are the precursors to stomach cancer.

The Ukrainian medical team included, from left, Serhii Sudakevych, MD, Borys Todurov, MD, Igor Kuzmych, MD, Sofia Chaikovska, MD, and Mykola Melnyk, MD. (photo by Erin O. Smith)

Ukrainian doctors again visit VUMC to observe organ transplants and protocols

For the second year, a delegation of doctors from Ukraine recently visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center to observe organ transplants and protocols.

VUMC seeks public input on blood-clotting agent study

Researchers at Vanderbilt are considering participation in an international study to examine if a blood-clotting medication given to adults with major bleeding or in need of urgent surgery or an invasive procedure can improve survival.

Alyssa Hasty, PhD, left, Jeffrey Rathmell, PhD, and Kamran Idrees, MD, MSCI, are part of a multidisciplinary team that received a 2023 Endeavor Award from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research to study the connection between obesity and cancer. Team members not pictured include Kathryn Wellen, PhD, Liza Makowski, PhD, and Kathryn Beckermann, MD, PhD.

Vanderbilt-led team receives 2023 Endeavor Award from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

A multidisciplinary team of investigators has received a 2023 Endeavor Award from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research to support four closely linked projects exploring the fundamental mechanisms that drive the obesity-cancer connection,

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