Section of Surgical Sciences

Transplant patient Connie Rankin was cleared to return home to Memphis just in time for the holidays. (photo by Erin O. Smith)

VUMC performs its first combined lung and liver transplant

Connie Rankin of Memphis, Tennessee, received Vanderbilt’s first combined lung and liver transplant, which involved dozens of specialists, including transplant teams for both organs.

From left, Mark Evers, MD; Seth Carp, MD; Robert Coffey, MD; Carmen Solórzano, MD; J. Joshua Smith, MD, PhD; Naji N. Abumrad, MD; Steven Leach, MD; and Paula Marincola Smith, MD, PhD, pose for a photo during the R. Daniel Beauchamp Memorial Symposium at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Not pictured, David Hanna, MD. (hoto by Erin O. Smith)

Beauchamp honored at symposium highlighting basic research by surgeon scientists

The profound impact of R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, former chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was deeply evident at a recent symposium highlighting basic research conducted by numerous surgeons and physician-scientists, all of whom were closely associated with the noted physician-scientist.

Izumi Kaji, PhD, and James Goldenring, MD, PhD, were among eight researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center honored last week by the American Physiological Society.

Researchers honored at American Physiology Summit

Three faculty members and five postdoctoral fellows at Vanderbilt University Medical Center received research honors last week from the American Physiological Society during its 2023 American Physiology Summit.

Goldenring’s gastrointestinal research contributions lauded

Vanderbilt’s James Goldenring, MD, PhD, has been honored by the American Gastroenterological Association for making significant contributions to understanding gastrointestinal disease.

Study finds underperforming organ procurement organizations contribute to nationwide shortage

The number of potential organ donors in the United States could solve the shortage for most organs, but many organs are not recovered due to performance variations in the opaque organ procurement organization process, according to a just-published study with first and corresponding authors from Vanderbilt.

Nutrient absorption disease model

Vanderbilt researchers developed a model of a patient-specific mutation to explore the pathology of microvillus inclusion disease, a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening diarrhea.

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