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Department of Dermatology Archives

Computer eyeballs graft-vs-host disease

Apr. 7, 2022—A machine learning algorithm identified areas of skin affected by chronic graft-versus-host disease on par with clinicians, opening the door to streamlining and standardizing this measure of patient response to therapy.

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Study finds 10-second videos predict blood cancer relapse

Mar. 28, 2022—Vanderbilt research shows that 10-second videos of white blood cell motion in the skin’s microvasculature greatly improved the prediction of which stem cell and bone marrow transplant patients would have a relapse of their blood cancer.

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VUMC mourns loss of former Dermatology leader King

Feb. 10, 2022—Longtime faculty member Lloyd E. King Jr., MD, PhD, who joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1977 as chief of the Division of Dermatology, died Feb. 8 at Vanderbilt University Hospital after a brief illness.

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Ward named Dermatology’s vice chair of Basic Research

Dec. 16, 2021—Nicole Ward, PhD, has joined Vanderbilt as professor and vice-chair of Basic Research in the Department of Dermatology, effective Jan. 15, 2021.

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Using billing codes to count cancers

Sep. 2, 2021—The billing codes in electronic health records are useful for counting skin cancers over time — an important metric for cancer risk assessment and prevention.

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Zic appointed to new Dermatology leadership posts

Mar. 25, 2021—Longtime Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty member John Zic, MD, MMHC, professor of Dermatology, has been appointed vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Dermatology and executive medical director of the Dermatology Patient Care Center (PCC) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Dermatology’s Byers remembered for his skill, warmth

Jan. 13, 2021—Jeffrey David Byers, MD, associate professor of Clinical Dermatology and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 9. He was 54.

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VUMC’s Black Lives Day of Commitment makes an impact

Nov. 2, 2020—Nearly 100 people took part in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Black Lives Day of Commitment last week.

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Skin diseases study uses crowdsourcing to gather data

Feb. 21, 2019—In 1906, English statistician Francis Galton happened to visit a livestock fair where fairgoers were invited to guess the dressed weight of an ox scheduled for imminent slaughter. Some 800 attendees took part and afterwards Galton got hold of the contest data.

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Dermpath Bowl

Mar. 8, 2018—Teams of residents representing teaching hospitals from around the country competed in the Dermpath Bowl recently in San Diego.

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Chren recognized by dermatology academy

Feb. 15, 2018—Mary-Margaret “Meg” Chren, MD, chair of the Department of Dermatology, is the recipient of the 2018 Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

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Chren named inaugural chair of Department of Dermatology

Sep. 29, 2017—As Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Division of Dermatology transitions from a division within the Department of Medicine to become the Medical Center’s newest clinical department, Mary-Margaret “Meg” Chren, M.D., professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been named to serve as the department’s inaugural chair. She will join the faculty in January 2018.

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