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Section of Surgical Sciences Archives

Mohammad to direct Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Center

Mar. 24, 2022—Saeed Mohammad, MD, MS, has been named director of the Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Diverticulitis surgery: guidelines needed

Feb. 10, 2022—Surgical removal of the colon for recurrent diverticulosis varies by geographic region and is associated with surgeon and hospital factors; stronger national guidelines are needed, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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VUMC debuts two new state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms

Nov. 2, 2021—Vanderbilt is opening two of the newest generation of hybrid operating rooms, which each combine a traditional operating room with the latest advanced imaging equipment.

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New marker for metaplasia

Oct. 14, 2021—A protein that transports water, called aquaporin 5, is expressed by cells undergoing changes that may increase risk for gastric cancer development, Vanderbilt researchers discovered.

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Motor protein linked to intestinal cell differentiation

Aug. 5, 2021—The motor protein MYO5B, a cause of the congenital intestinal disorder microvillus inclusion disease, does more than move cellular cargo, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Clair named inaugural chair of Department of Vascular Surgery

Jul. 14, 2021—After an extensive national search, Daniel Clair, MD, has been named the inaugural chair of the newly formed Department of Vascular Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and professor of Vascular Surgery in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1.

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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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O’Neill honored with American Pediatric Surgical Association Humanitarian Award

Jun. 28, 2021—The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) has recognized James O’Neill, MD, professor of Surgery, emeritus, and former chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with the 2021 Humanitarian Award.

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Genetic differences in Wilms tumor

Apr. 6, 2021—Unique somatic gene mutations may contribute to racial disparities in the incidence of Wilms tumor — the most common childhood kidney cancer.

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Naslund to step down as head of Vascular Surgery; division to become department

Jan. 7, 2021—Thomas Naslund, MD, professor of Surgery, will be stepping down as chief of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s division of Vascular Surgery, a role he has performed adeptly for 21 years.

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Guillamondegui named chief of Division of Trauma

Dec. 16, 2020—Oscar Guillamondegui, MD, MPH, has been named chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care for the Department of Surgery.

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VUMC’s surgical education program lauded by ACS

Sep. 9, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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