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Vanderbilt mourns the passing of Pierre Massion

Apr. 6, 2021—Pierre Massion, MD, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor of Medicine, an internationally known expert on early detection and prevention strategies for lung cancer, died April 4 of an apparent heart attack. He was 58.

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VUMC mourns loss of radiology pioneer Payne

Mar. 5, 2021—W. Faxon Payne, MD, who helped establish the outpatient radiology service at The Vanderbilt Clinic beginning in 1987 until his appointment as emeritus professor in 1995 and retirement in 2000, died Feb. 16. He was 95.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of Tom Christenbery, beloved professor and champion of compassion in nursing

Feb. 19, 2021—Thomas L. Christenbery, PhD, CNE, professor of nursing and director of program evaluation at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died unexpectedly in his sleep Tuesday, Feb. 16. He was 66.

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VUMC mourns loss of Division of Allergy and Immunology founder Marney

Jan. 14, 2021—Samuel Rowe Marney Jr., MD, the founder of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Vanderbilt, died peacefully at home Jan. 7 with family at his side.

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Dermatology’s Byers remembered for his skill, warmth

Jan. 13, 2021—Jeffrey David Byers, MD, associate professor of Clinical Dermatology and vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 9. He was 54.

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Kate Payne, Vanderbilt bioethicist and nurse, has died

Jan. 13, 2021—Associate Professor of Nursing Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC, a bioethicist, attorney and beloved nurse leader at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died at the Alive Hospice Residence on Jan. 6 after a very brief and unexpected illness.

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VUMC mourns loss of otolaryngologist and surgeon Ries

Jan. 8, 2021—William Russell Ries, MD, professor of Otolaryngology and Carol and John S. Odess Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, died Jan. 5. He was 67.

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VUMC mourns loss of pediatrician Geoffrey Fleming

Dec. 9, 2020—Geoffrey Fleming, MD, professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Vice President of Vanderbilt University Medical Center Continuous Professional Development, died Dec. 8. He was 50.

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VUMC mourns loss of Biostatistics pioneer Federspiel

Oct. 30, 2020—Charles Foster (Chuck) Federspiel, PhD, a beloved member of the Vanderbilt University faculty for 61 years and founding director of the Division of Biostatistics, died on Oct. 19. He was 91.

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Former Vanderbilt Prize winner Amon mourned

Oct. 30, 2020—Angelika Amon, PhD, a pioneering cell and molecular biologist and winner of the 2018 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, died Oct. 29 from cancer. She was 53.

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Former Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery leader Bender mourned

Sep. 14, 2020—Harvey W. Bender, MD, professor of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Emeritus, died Sept. 12. He was 86.

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Pioneering nephrologist William Stone mourned

May. 12, 2020—William J. Stone, MD, nephrologist and professor of Medicine, emeritus, who retired in December after 50 years as a member of the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, died Monday, May 11, at his home in Nashville. He was 83.

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