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Watkins memorial service to be April 30

Apr. 23, 2015—A memorial service celebrating the life of Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., renowned cardiac surgeon, champion of racial equality and diversity, and the first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM), will be held Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at Vanderbilt’s Benton Chapel. Dr. Watkins died April 11.

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VUSM alum Crozier relates battle to overcome Ebola

Apr. 23, 2015—Ian Crozier, M.D., a 1997 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and a former Vanderbilt resident, chief resident and fellow, spent three weeks treating 60 to 80 Ebola patients a day in Kenema, the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

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Levi Watkins Jr., medical pioneer and champion of racial equality, dies

Apr. 14, 2015—Levi Watkins Jr., a renowned cardiac surgeon, champion of racial equality and diversity, and the first African American to be admitted to and graduate from Vanderbilt's School of Medicine, died Saturday from complications after suffering a stroke.

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Vanderbilt mourns loss of Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., pioneer of medicine and champion of racial equality

Apr. 13, 2015—Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., renowned cardiac surgeon, champion of racial equality and diversity, and the first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM), died Saturday from complications after suffering a stroke. He was 70.

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VUMC lauded for supporting employees in National Guard

Mar. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) recently received the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), given to employers whose support surpasses the legal requirements of the USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) law. VUMC’s award was presented for supporting Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH,...

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Ebola patient and VUSM alum shares his story of survival

Mar. 2, 2015—In early September 2014, Ian Crozier, M.D.,’97, supervised the jet evacuation of a critically ill patient from Kenema, the epicenter of the raging Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. An exhausted Crozier told the medical team that he hoped he didn’t have to see them again. One week later, he did. This time he was the...

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Daniels named to new VMG, adult enterprise leadership role

Feb. 26, 2015—Titus Daniels, M.D., MPH, MMHC, associate professor of Medicine, has been named executive director of the Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG) and chief operating officer for Adult Clinical Operations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Hazy definition may hamper catatonia care

Feb. 12, 2015—Catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and a trance-like mental stupor, can at times manifest with great excitement and confusion. And while it is often associated with schizophrenia, it can present in patients with either medical or psychiatric conditions. For this reason, the condition has often confused clinicians.

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Family’s gift bolsters schizophrenia research, treatment

Dec. 18, 2014—A “transformational” $6.4 million gift from Dallas couple Donald Test Jr., and his wife, Charlotte, who have a very personal connection to the devastating disease of schizophrenia, is supporting Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry research and treatment into schizophrenia and related disorders.

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VUMC’s Swoosh takes home ‘Top Dog’ pet therapy award

Dec. 11, 2014—A tiny Vanderbilt University Medical Center volunteer has received a giant award from a national organization.

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Flu vaccination plan revised for all VUMC personnel

Nov. 13, 2014—In an effort to protect both employees and patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from potential harm, the Medical Center is revising its influenza vaccination plan and mandating the influenza vaccine for all VUMC employees.

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Off Limits: Doctors are working to research and treat the increasing number of Americans with severe food allergies

Nov. 5, 2014—According to Food Allergy Research and Education, about 1.5 million Americans have food allergies. They affect 1 in every 13 children under 18 in the U. S.—or about two in every classroom. Those who have them must approach food with a great deal of caution.

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