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Author: Kathy Whitney

Study leads to new heart transplant decision support tool

Feb. 18, 2016—Because donor organs are scarce, understanding the mortality risk associated with heart transplantation is an important consideration when evaluating patients for transplant.

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Cardiologist Hood keeps patients’ best interests at heart

Feb. 11, 2016—When Rob Hood, M.D., began practicing cardiology 30 years ago he could not have imagined that fitness would one day be measured on a device worn around his wrist.

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Prostate cancer survivors’ risk of heart disease studied

Feb. 4, 2016—The 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States are likely to die from something other than cancer, thanks to early detection, effective treatment and the disease’s slow progression.

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Knollmann to direct new arrhythmia research center

Jan. 14, 2016—Björn Knollmann, M.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the newly formed Vanderbilt Center for Arrhythmia Research and Therapeutics (VanCART).

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Many groups, one mission: caring for children, families

Nov. 19, 2015—At 6 feet 4 inches, Shea Weber towers over the tiny tots he visits at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, yet it is he who looks up to them.

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Harris to lead American Society of Nephrology

Nov. 12, 2015—Ray Harris, M.D., has been elected president of the American Society of Nephrology during the society’s annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2015, in San Diego.

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Midlife fitness helps reduce health costs after age 65: study

Nov. 5, 2015—People with high fitness levels in midlife have significantly lower annual health care costs after age 65 than people with low fitness in midlife, after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

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Baum elected VP of Endocrine Society

Oct. 29, 2015—Howard Baum, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, has been elected vice president (physician-in-practice) of The Endocrine Society.

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Vanderbilt first in Tennessee to implant novel heart support device

Oct. 21, 2015—As part of its ongoing commitment to provide excellent care for heart failure patients in Tennessee and the Southeastern U.S., Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute recently became the first medical center in the state to implant the HeartMate 3, a novel mechanical circulatory support device. Vanderbilt Heart is currently one of 60 select centers chosen...

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Shah named to direct VHVI’s heart transplant program

Oct. 15, 2015—Ashish Shah, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) as director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support.

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VUMC set to host inaugural Global Cardio-Oncology Summit

Oct. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is hosting the first Global Cardio-Oncology Summit on Oct. 15-16, at the Hilton Nashville. The summit models a leading edge, interdisciplinary approach to cardio-oncology.

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Depression poses heart risk for HIV patients: study

Oct. 8, 2015—The first study to suggest that major depressive disorder (MDD) is an independent risk factor for heart failure in HIV-positive adults has been published in Circulation.

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