September 23, 2005

Starr’s addiction work lands award

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Karen Starr, M.S.N.

Karen Starr, M.S.N., has received the annual Voice of Recovery Award from the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services (TAADAS).

Starr, senior associate in the Division of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, associate professor of Nursing, and a 21-year employee of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is also director of Transplant Psychiatry for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center and received the School of Nursing Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2002.

Established in 2000, the TAADAS Voice of Recovery Award honors “those who unselfishly give of her/his time, energy, dedication and expertise in service to those in need of assistance with substance abuse and addiction, making a significant impact in the battle against Tennessee's number one health problem — substance abuse.”

Past winners include Lt. Gov. John Wilder; Stephanie Perry, M.D., Tennessee Department of Health assistant commissioner; State Senator Thelma Harper; and former executive director of the Renewal House of Nashville, the Rev. Kaki Friskics-Warren.