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Author: Nancy Humphrey

New faculty: Lisa Kachnic is pioneering advances in radiation therapy

Oct. 22, 2015—New Department of Radiation Oncology Chair Lisa Kachnic wants to make Vanderbilt's program one of the best in the country.

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New faculty: Douglas Hanto heads up new pediatric liver center

Oct. 13, 2015—Nine months after arriving as the new associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center and eight days after the pediatric liver transplant program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was launched, surgeon Douglas Hanto transplanted a new liver into 10-year-old Aubree Vanzant.

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Donation to bring computers to thousands of MNPS families

Oct. 1, 2015—A few thousand families in the Metro Nashville Public Schools system will now have computers at home, thanks to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s donation of 3,800 lightly used computers.

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Flulapalooza mass vaccination event set for Oct. 7

Sep. 24, 2015—Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC) faculty, staff, students and volunteers will once again have the opportunity to be part of a mass flu vaccination event that four years ago more than doubled the current world record for the total number of vaccinations given in an eight-hour period.

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Vanderbilt is one of seven centers now accepting patients for Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Sep. 16, 2015—Eighteen-year-old Rachel Barnett of Robertson County is one of the first patients to be enrolled in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center — one of seven medical centers around the country participating in a clinical research initiative of the National Institutes of Health to identify rare disorders in patients.

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Flulapalooza is Wednesday

Sep. 2, 2015—Flulapalooza, Vanderbilt's annual mass vaccination event, features free flu shots for all university and Medical Center faculty, staff, students and volunteers.

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Flulapalooza mass vaccination set to take place Oct. 7

Sep. 2, 2015—Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC) faculty, staff, students and volunteers will once again have the opportunity to be part of a mass flu vaccination event that four years ago more than doubled the current world record for the total number of vaccinations given in an eight-hour period.

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Depression study seeks to predict treatment response

Aug. 27, 2015—Treating depressed individuals and figuring out who will and won’t respond to antidepressants is mostly trial and error — much to the frustration of patients and the health care providers who treat them.

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Study seeks to ease ‘chemobrain’ for cancer patients

Aug. 20, 2015—Many women who receive chemotherapy for breast cancer report problems with their thinking, memory and attention after treatment.

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Rothman named to lead population health research efforts

Aug. 6, 2015—Russell Rothman, M.D., MPP, professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, chief of the Section of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, has been named assistant vice chancellor for Population Health Research.

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Joint Commission survey highlights VUMC’s strengths

Jul. 30, 2015—Thirteen surveyors from The Joint Commission (TJC), the independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center last week for an unannounced survey.

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Dill named VUMC entertainment industry liaison

Jul. 30, 2015—Stuart Dill, a 30-year veteran as an artist manager on Nashville’s Music Row, has been named Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s liaison with the entertainment industry, effective Aug. 4.

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