March 15, 2002

News Briefs

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Dr. Barbara Murphy consults with Dr. Brian Burkey, a surgeon, about a patient. Murphy and radiation oncologist Dr. Anthony Cmelak hold clinic with the surgeons, increasing options for patients. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Bowling benefits Children’s Hospital

Bowlers from across Middle Tennessee will get a chance to help raise funds for kids at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (VCH) with two upcoming “bowling for miracles” events.

PlaMor Lanes in Nashville will host the first event, March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A $5 donation to the “bowling for miracles” fund, along with the regular bowling fee will help raise funds for VCH, the only non-profit hospital in the Middle Tennessee region dedicated to helping kids. The second event will be held on March 24 at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

All money raised will be matched by the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF). Funds remain in the community in which they are raised to benefit the local children’s hospitals. Since 1990, IOF courts have raised more than $1 million for CMN-affiliated hospitals.

Call 737-0929 for information.

Mosier to direct Case Management

Joyce Mosier has been appointed to the position of Interim Director of Case Management effective March 15. Mosier has been with Vanderbilt Hospital since 1996 and became Director of Utilization Management in 1999.

"Mosier has functioned as an excellent leader and has been extremely effective," said Mark Penkhus, executive director and CEO of VUH. "She is a valued resource for utilization management throughout the institution and assumed additional responsibilities for insurance management."

Board appoints, promotes faculty in February

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trust approved the following faculty actions at the February meeting.

New appointments

Larry R. Churchill, Ph.D., professor of Medicine and Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics.

Billy G. Hudson, Ph.D., professor of Medicine, professor of Biochemistry.


Dr. Talat A. Ikizler, associate professor of Medicine.

Dr. Richard M. Peek Jr., associate professor of Medicine.

Anne Marie Tharpe, Ph.D., associate professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Brian Wadzinski, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmacology.

Dr. Benjamin F. Byrd III, professor of Medicine.

Stephen M. Camarata, Ph.D., professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Dr. William J. Kovacs, professor of Medicine, professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics.

Yu Shyr, Ph.D., professor of Preventive Medicine.

Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D., professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

Chenger to lead Emergency Services

Pat Chenger, RN, M.Ed., has been appointed Administrative Director, Emergency Services. Chenger has held the interim director position for Emergency Services since September. Prior to that, she was the manager of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit and the Pediatric Emergency Department.

Chenger joined Vanderbilt in 1990. She has held positions as staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist and manager. In addition to her nursing degrees, she holds a master’s degree in Education, Administration, and Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.