May. 28, 2003—Vanderbilt's first robotic surgical procedure was performed in mid May by Dr. Joseph A. Smith Jr., William L. Bray Professor and Chair of Urologic Surgery. Smith used VUMC's new $1 million-plus Da Vinci Surgical System, built by Intuitive Surgical, to perform a radical prostatectomy.
May. 27, 2003—Vanderbilt and Meharry have been collaborating with NIH for several years on research involving HIV/AIDS, which is spread primarily by sexual contact and intravenous drug use. The goal of the new grant is to encourage further collaboration between the schools, and train new investigators to advance AIDS treatment and prevention.
May. 19, 2003—Plans for the Monroe Carell Children's Hospital will highlight a kickoff event for the Eve of Janus Ball on Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., in the lobby of the Frances Williams Preston Building on the Vanderbilt campus.
Apr. 2, 2003—Current and former smokers are needed for a new study to determine if screening people with either spiral computerized tomography (CT) or chest X-ray before they have symptoms can reduce deaths from lung cancer.
Feb. 12, 2003—Children can now use their bedside computers to join a new online community that fosters an environment where children can speak openly and honestly with peers about their illnesses and to provide encouragement to each other.
Feb. 10, 2003—Vanderbilt School of Nursing's Faculty Practice Network (VNFPN) is opening the doors on a new nurse-managed, community-based clinic this week.