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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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Pediatric Cardiology icon Thomas P. Graham Jr., MD, dies at 83

Mar. 24, 2020—Renowned Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt cardiologist Thomas P. Graham Jr., MD, who founded and led the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt for 33 years, died Wednesday, March 18. He was 83.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of former Anesthesiology chair Bradley E. Smith, MD

Mar. 24, 2020—Bradley E. Smith, MD, former professor and chair of the Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology, died March 20 in Nashville after a long battle with cancer. He was 86.

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Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Stanley Cohen dies at 97

Feb. 6, 2020—Vanderbilt University biochemist Stanley Cohen, PhD, whose discovery of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its receptor earned him a Nobel Prize and opened the door to a new class of cancer therapies, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Nashville. He was 97.

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