March 27, 1998

News Briefs

Cheryl Major, R.N.C., B.S.N., director of the neonatal outreach program at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, has been elected to the National Office of Volunteers of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

The National Office of Volunteers gives volunteers a strong voice in decisions that will affect their chapters.

Major is an active WalkAmerica volunteer whose March of Dimes work includes service as a board member of the Music City Division, an executive board member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter and a member of the Program Services Committee. She is a former chair of the Middle Tennessee Chapter's Public Affairs Committee and State Public Affairs Committee.

In addition, Major is a member of the state Perinatal Advisory Committee, chair of the National Perinatal Association Task Force on Cultural Diversity and vice president of the Middle Tennessee Association of Neonatal Nurses.

The 16th Annual Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 3, at noon in 214 Light Hall.

The forum is sponsored by the House Staff Advisory Council. Dr. Scott Seidel will chair the forum and Dr. Steven Leach, the 1997 recipietn of the Grant Liddle Award, will moderate.

The Elliot V. Newman Prize will be given to the most meritoious researcher as judged during the forum.

Dr. James A. O'Neill Jr., John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and Dr. Kenneth W. Sharp, associate professor of Surgery, were recently elected to the executive committee of the Southeastern Surgical Congress.

O'Neill was elected first vice president and Sharp was elected to a two-year term on the executive committee.

The Southeastern Surgical Congress represents more than 3,000 general surgeons in the Southeast as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.