Surgeries

Procedure uses patient’s own growth to treat scoliosis

Vanderbilt pediatric orthopaedic surgeons are the first in Tennessee to perform an innovative procedure to treat scoliosis that uses the patient’s own growth to correct the curve.

Matthew Spann, MD, MMHC

Spann, Geiger move into new Surgical Sciences leadership roles

Pediatric surgeon’s medical career began with a lucky catch

While he was in medical school, pediatric surgeon Joseph Fusco, MD, learned in an unusual way that he had thyroid cancer.

Dominic Gamez is resuming more activities since he received an expandable prosthesis to treat osteosarcoma in his left leg.

Expandable prosthesis gives young patient more mobility

To treat the osteosarcoma in his left leg, Dominic Gamez, 7, and his family chose to have a magnetic expandable prosthesis implanted that can be manipulated to grow incrementally as the child grows.

Sharp named Southern Surgical Association president

Vanderbilt’s Kenneth Sharp, MD, has been named president of the Southern Surgical Association (SSA).

The study team included, from left, David McIlroy, MD, Matthew Shotwell, PhD, Cassandra Hennessy, MS, and Frederic (Josh) Billings IV, MD. (photo by Donn Jones)

Study links excess oxygen during anesthesia to risk of organ injury

A Vanderbilt study found that higher levels of excess oxygen given to patients under general anesthesia add risk of injury to the kidneys, lungs and heart.

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