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Reporter May 3 2019

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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More congenital heart patients becoming transplant candidates

May. 2, 2019—Patients with a form of congenital heart disease — having only one ventricle (pumping chamber) — are now living longer lives due to the successful surgical and medical treatments they receive as children.

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Therapy animals’ impact on children with cancer studied

May. 2, 2019—The sight of a dog in a therapy vest trotting down a hospital hallway or being petted by a child lying in a hospital bed is familiar to many, yet the scientific research showing the impact of therapy animals is largely anecdotal, says Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD. Her work is changing that.

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Team to develop ‘safe harbor’ standards of care

May. 2, 2019—A team of researchers from Vanderbilt Health and Vanderbilt University’s schools of Law, Medicine and Management has received a five-year $1.7 million research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test “safe-harbor” standards of care based on scientific evidence.

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International Society of Nephrology honors Fogo

May. 2, 2019—Agnes Fogo, MD, an internationally known expert in kidney disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has won the 2019 Roscoe Robinson Award from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN).

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Medical student lands fellowship to study ethics, discipline

May. 2, 2019—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Didi Odinkemelu is one of 14 medical students chosen for the 2019 Medical Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland this summer, which uses the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on medical ethics today.

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists inducts Anderson as 70th president

May. 2, 2019—Ted Anderson, MD, PhD, Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was inducted May 5 as the 70th president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville.

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Predictive analytics help manage OR case volume

May. 2, 2019—To accommodate weekday and seasonal variations in case volume, continual adjustment of operating room resources is imperative. Unlike other health systems, at Vanderbilt Health the OR planning process taps into predictive analytics running automatically on the back of the OR scheduling system.

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New clinic bridges inpatient, outpatient addiction care

May. 2, 2019—New Bridge Clinic links patients with substance use disorder to follow-up care upon discharge.

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Wilson appointed to ASGCT board of directors

May. 2, 2019—The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) has appointed Matthew Wilson, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine in Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, to its board of directors. Beginning in May 2019, Wilson will serve a three-year term as an at-large director.

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NFL draft happenings at Children’s Hospital

May. 2, 2019—The National Football League draft descended on Nashville last week, but before the first selection was made, players and national media personalities came to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to visit with patients and family members in Seacrest Studio.

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