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Matthew Bacchetta Archives

VUMC performs its first combined lung and liver transplant

Dec. 14, 2023—Connie Rankin of Memphis, Tennessee, received Vanderbilt's first combined lung and liver transplant, which involved dozens of specialists, including transplant teams for both organs.

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VUMC performs novel reoperative lung and kidney transplant

Sep. 27, 2023—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has performed its first combined reoperative lung and kidney transplant.

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Process rehabilitates donor livers for transplantation

Apr. 13, 2023—Vanderbilt research demonstrated that injured human donor livers declined for transplant can be recovered by cross-circulation between the human liver and a xenogeneic host, or animal platform.

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System repairs donor lungs for transplantation

Apr. 6, 2023—A Vanderbilt team has discovered that donor lungs rejected for transplant can be repaired using cross-circulation with a xenogeneic host.

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Patient journeys from South Africa for lung transplant

Sep. 29, 2022—Mervyn Joseph, who searched the world over for the best place to be considered for lung transplant, is thankful he found Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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ECMO fellowship program provides lifesaving training

Mar. 17, 2022—Vanderbilt's extracorporeal life support fellowship gives new doctors two years of hands-on experience with a lifesaving critical care tool, one that has only become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Multicenter team seeks to create at-home artificial lung system

Feb. 16, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is part of a multi-institutional teem seeking to create an artificial lung system that patients with incurable lung disease can use at home.

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New Clinician Spotlight: Caitlin Demarest

Oct. 14, 2021—Caitlin Demarest, MD, PhD, recently joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery as an assistant professor, having been recruited to Vanderbilt by her mentor, Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA.

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COVID recovery included long stay on ECMO, double-lung transplant

Apr. 1, 2021—Zach Lloyd was only 37 years old with no pre-existing health conditions, but COVID-19 was bringing him within an inch of his life.

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Collaborative Vanderbilt Lung Institute launches

Nov. 18, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching the Vanderbilt Lung Institute (VLI), a unique collaboration between Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Thoracic Surgery, designed to provide coordinated care for patients with all types of respiratory diseases. The Vanderbilt Lung Institute One Hundred Oaks Clinic opened in November, a 10,725-square-foot space including 16 exam rooms and five patient...

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Bacchetta named associate chair of Thoracic Surgery

Oct. 14, 2020—Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, associate professor of Thoracic Surgery, has been named associate chair of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Thoracic Surgery, effective Sept. 1.

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COVID patient’s heart-lung transplant is world’s first

Oct. 8, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has performed the world’s first dual heart-lung transplant of a COVID-19 patient.

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