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Department of Surgery Archives

Bariatric surgery gave LVAD patient second chance at life

Jan. 13, 2022—Veronica Llamas-Barajas is the first LVAD patient at Vanderbilt to undergo bariatric surgery.

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Immune landscape in adrenal cancer

Dec. 14, 2021—The profile of immune-related gene expression and tumor-infiltrating immune cells in adrenocortical cancer suggests targets for new treatment strategies.

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Thyroid cancer paper lands national recognition

Dec. 2, 2021—by Tom Wilemon A group of investigators in the Endocrine Neoplasia Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received national recognition for their work to discover better treatments for thyroid cancer. A paper describing their lab work was awarded first place in the Basic Science category at the 2021 Cancer Research Competition, which promotes...

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New Vanderbilt Wound Center provides comprehensive, convenient treatment

Oct. 28, 2021—by Jill Clendening Chronic wounds impact the quality of life for an estimated 2.5% of the United States population, and because successful treatment of poorly healing wounds often requires intervention by specialists in several medical fields, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established the comprehensive, multidisciplinary Vanderbilt Wound Center. The center, whose clinicians began seeing their...

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New marker for metaplasia

Oct. 14, 2021—A protein that transports water, called aquaporin 5, is expressed by cells undergoing changes that may increase risk for gastric cancer development, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.

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Pandemic spurs expansion of surgical care for underserved

Oct. 7, 2021—When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international travel necessary for overseas medical initiatives, Vanderbilt's Rondi Kauffmann, MD, MPH, began brainstorming ways to extend surgical care to those in need much closer to home.

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Wagner named to lead Vanderbilt Burn Center

Sep. 8, 2021—Anne Wagner, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center to serve as medical director of the Vanderbilt Burn Center.

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Motor protein linked to intestinal cell differentiation

Aug. 5, 2021—The motor protein MYO5B, a cause of the congenital intestinal disorder microvillus inclusion disease, does more than move cellular cargo, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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New strategy to treat brain bleeding

May. 4, 2021—Vasorelaxing peptides could offer a promising therapeutic strategy for reducing the neurological deficits caused by subarachnoid hemorrhage-induced cerebral blood vessel constriction.

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New General Surgery Clinic expands care to more patients

May. 3, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of General Surgery, the largest division within the Department of Surgery and one of the Medical Center’s highest volume surgical practices, has moved the majority of its practice into a new space in Hillsboro Village.

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Dixie Place renamed in honor of Vanderbilt surgical pioneer Vivien Thomas

Apr. 1, 2021—Through a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student-led effort, Dixie Place, the city street that runs between the Medical Center’s Central Garage and the Oxford House building on 21st Avenue South, is being renamed Vivien Thomas Way.

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Residents, fellows step up to help care for COVID patients

Jan. 14, 2021—Following a Thanksgiving surge that led to record numbers of admissions of patients with COVID-19, residents and fellows from multiple disciplines have come together under the direction and supervision of critical care attendings to provide the best care to critically ill patients in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.

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