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Pickens named chair of VUMC Thoracic Surgery

Feb. 2, 2023—Allan Pickens, MD, has been named professor and chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Thoracic Surgery.

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Event set to make lung cancer screening more accessible

Oct. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is making the lung cancer screening more convenient with weekend appointments from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks

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Lung cancer detection program lands grant renewal

Sep. 15, 2022—The National Cancer Institute has renewed funding for the Early Detection Research Network Lung Cancer Clinical Validation Center at Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center.

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New Clinician Spotlight: Caitlin Demarest

Oct. 14, 2021—Caitlin Demarest, MD, PhD, recently joined the Department of Thoracic Surgery as an assistant professor, having been recruited to Vanderbilt by her mentor, Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA.

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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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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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