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Matthew Bacchetta Archives

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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Bacchetta named chair of Thoracic Surgery

Jul. 13, 2021—Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, associate professor of Thoracic Surgery, has assumed his new role as Chair of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Thoracic Surgery, as of July 2021.

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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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Technique helped treat patient’s rare pulmonary disorder

Sep. 10, 2020—Sourav Panja, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was working in his lab one evening last year when he began coughing up blood. Even breathing was becoming difficult.

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Human lungs rejected for transplant recovered using novel technique

Jul. 13, 2020—A multidisciplinary team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Columbia University has demonstrated that injured human donor lungs declined for transplant can be recovered by cross-circulation between the human lung and a xenogeneic host.

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Rehab technique may help increase donor lung supply

Apr. 30, 2020—A new technique shows the potential to increase the supply of donor lungs by rehabilitating those organs previously considered too damaged for transplant.

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