Reporter April 8 2016

Report highlights global need for surgical services

An estimated 5 billion people — two-thirds of the world’s population — do not have access to surgery because of a lack of facilities, money and trained surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Initiative seeks to encourage use of advance directives

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is encouraging faculty and staff to answer this question: If you became incapable of making health care decisions for yourself because of injury or illness, would your family or health care provider know your wishes for health care?

Pietenpol named to NCI Blue Ribbon Panel

Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been selected to serve on a Blue Ribbon Panel that will inform the scientific direction and goals at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

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Potent HIV antibodies suggest new vaccine development approach

It’s been known for some time that the immune system can produce antibodies capable of “neutralizing” HIV, and stopping the AIDS-causing virus dead in its tracks.

‘Idol’ appearance

Tristan McIntosh, a 15-year-old student at Nashville School of the Arts and an American Idol contestant, visited with patients recently in the new state-of-the-art Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Psychiatric Hospital CEO Trivedi to take post in Maryland

Harsh Trivedi, M.D., MBA, vice chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, administrative director for Vanderbilt Behavioral Health and CEO of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH), has accepted the position of president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore.

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