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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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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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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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Criteria for lung cancer screens may be expanded

Jul. 23, 2020—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending two changes that will nearly double the number of people eligible for lung cancer screening by lowering the age from 55 to 50 and reducing the number of smoking history pack years from 30 to 20.

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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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Medical, biological engineering institute honors Bacchetta

Apr. 23, 2020—Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, associate professor of Thoracic Surgery and adjunct associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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VUMC offering new minimally invasive emphysema therapy

Nov. 7, 2019—VUIMC will be the first in the state to offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative for patients with emphysema.

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ECMO program expanding to more intensive care units

Sep. 12, 2019—VUMC is expanding its ECMO program from its longtime home in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) to the Medical (MICU) and Trauma Intensive Care units.

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VUMC performs its first transplant using rehabilitated lungs

Aug. 1, 2019—For the first time at Vanderbilt, doctors have performed a transplantation with donated lungs that were rehabilitated using a procedure called ex vivo lung perfusion.

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Rehab technique may boost supply of donor lungs

May. 9, 2019—A new regeneration technique could potentionally add to a limited supply of donor organs for an increasing population with end-stage lung disease.

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Team explores fungal infection quandary in lung cancer screenings

Apr. 18, 2019—Serving a region that lies within the tobacco belt, clinicians at Vanderbilt Health face challenges distinguishing lung cancer from histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that creates cancer-mimicking lesions in the lungs.

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New robot expands options for thoracic surgery patients

Apr. 26, 2018—The thoracic surgery team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently added a new tool to its collection of minimally invasive techniques to provide patients the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical procedures.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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