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Department of Surgery Archives

Protein’s role in inflammation-related cancer studied

Aug. 15, 2019—Investigators are exploring the molecular mechanisms behind the association of chronic inflammation and colon cancer.

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Pancreatic cancer clue

Aug. 12, 2019—Inflammation synergizes with a cell’s intrinsic genetic program to promote the development of pancreatic cancer.

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Thompson named to direct Vanderbilt Burn Center

Aug. 7, 2019—Callie Thompson, MD, has been named director of the Vanderbilt Burn Center, one of the largest burn centers in the United States.

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Robot-assisted hernia repair eases recovery for some

Jul. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt surgeons are performing robot-assisted hernia repairs for some patients that help ease recovery.

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VUMC mourns loss of pioneering pediatric surgeon, philanthropist Holcomb

Jul. 1, 2019—George Holcomb Jr., MD, clinical professor of Surgery, emeritus, champion of the creation of a children’s hospital at Vanderbilt, and former executive director of Medical Alumni Affairs, died June 28. He was 97.

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Solórzano named chair of Department of Surgery

May. 2, 2019—Carmen Solórzano, MD, professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Surgery.

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Jacobs’ funding gift expands support for surgical residents

May. 2, 2019—Exactly 88 years from the day he was born at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, J. Kenneth Jacobs, MD, professor of Surgery, emeritus, returned to the institution to present a financial gift to the Section of Surgical Sciences to support the future education and research efforts of surgical residents.

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Terhune named to senior GME leadership role

Feb. 28, 2019—Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA, associate professor Surgery and director of the Surgery Residency Training Program in the Section of Surgical Sciences, has been named Vice President for Educational Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her appointment is effective July 1.

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New option could increase minority kidney transplants

Feb. 7, 2019—People with blood type B who received a kidney transplant of blood type A2 kidneys had similar outcomes to those with blood type B who received blood type B kidneys.

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Forbes to help lead kidney, pancreas transplant program

Jan. 31, 2019—Rachel Forbes, MD, MBA, assistant professor of Surgery, has been appointed associate chief of the Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation.

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Major grant to bolster research on inflammation-related cancers

Jan. 23, 2019—Cancer Research UK has awarded a 20-million-pound grant (about $25 million U.S.) to a team of international investigators, including Vanderbilt’s James Goldenring, MD, PhD, to study inflammation-related cancers.

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Bile acids mediate metabolic benefits of weight-loss surgery

Jan. 10, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt investigators has pinpointed the role of bile acids and a specific signaling pathway in the positive metabolic effects of weight-loss surgery.

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