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Department of Surgery Archives

Surgical group works to expand heartburn treatment options

Dec. 19, 2017—For three years, 79-year-old Jerry Mock didn’t fully enjoy family vacations or gatherings with friends because his gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) was so debilitating that eating even a bite of food after 1 p.m. guaranteed he’d have intense burning pain in his throat and chest that night.

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It’s all about the patient for surgical oncologist Solórzano

Oct. 5, 2017—Surgical oncologist Carmen Solórzano, M.D., senses she has a reputation for being tough on residents. It doesn’t bother her.

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Student creates abdomen model to assist surgical trainees

Sep. 28, 2017—George Washington University biomedical engineering student Sydney Bailes spent her summer carefully creating silicone layers of precise consistencies, and she hopes to spend winter break continuing work on the project that can one day help junior surgical trainees practice a critical skill — inserting surgical instruments for abdominal surgeries.

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Early drivers of gastric cancer

Aug. 8, 2017—Using bioinformatics approaches, Vanderbilt investigators have identified gene expression networks that are deregulated in mouse and human stomach cancers.

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Study seeks to reverse precancerous stomach lesions

May. 4, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center cancer researcher James Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the DeGregorio Family Foundation in Pleasantville, New York, to begin clinical trials of a potential approach for reversing precancerous stomach lesions.

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Esophageal cancer complexities

Mar. 16, 2017—New findings that reveal complex interactions in esophageal adenocarcinoma could lead to diagnostic, prognostic or therapeutic biomarkers.

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Patient day seminar

Feb. 23, 2017—The Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Center hosted a Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Patient Day Seminar earlier this month, with 60-70 attendees from all over the United States gathering to learn more about the condition and its treatment.

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Improving therapies for GI tumors

Feb. 20, 2017—A signaling protein overexpressed in upper gastrointestinal cancers is an attractive therapeutic target.

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Geiger’s focus on the small details serves patients well

Feb. 16, 2017—Neat stacks of paper are lined up on the desk of Timothy Geiger, M.D., with each stack representing a challenge. For example, one sheet has a flow chart sketched on it — Geiger’s musing on ways to more efficiently use Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) operating rooms, matching the best locations with case types and surgical teams.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of former Bariatric Surgery director Clements

Jan. 20, 2017—Ronald Clements, M.D., professor of Surgery and the past director of Bariatric Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 19 at home surrounded by his family. He was 50.

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A DARPP role in gastric cancer

Nov. 3, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a link between Helicobacter pylori infection, inflammation and gastric cancer that could suggest new anti-cancer therapies.

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O’Neill honored with international surgical volunteerism award

Sep. 8, 2016—James O’Neill, M.D., professor of Surgery and former chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has received an International Surgical Volunteerism Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for more than three decades of service as a surgeon and educator in medically underserved countries.

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