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Patient complaints can identify surgeons with higher rates of bad surgical outcomes: study

Feb. 15, 2017—Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in collaboration with six other major academic health systems.

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VUMC center lands AOA professionalism award

Jul. 7, 2016—Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has named the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) as the sole recipient of the 2016 Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award.

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VU health professionals course headed for Australia

Jan. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) has announced a partnership with the Cognitive Institute, an international health care education provider based in Australia.

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Cooper named to key VUSM, Medical Center roles

Jan. 16, 2014—William O. Cooper, M.D., MPH, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, professor and vice chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and professor of Health Policy, has been promoted and will have two new roles. He will now also serve as associate dean for Faculty Affairs within the Faculty Affairs & Career Development Office in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and as director of the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA).

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Hickson named to new quality, safety role

Jul. 18, 2013—Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and the Joseph C. Ross Professor of Medical Education and Administration, is being promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president for Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Prevention.

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Patient and Safety Scholarship program inaugurates first class

Feb. 21, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy has named its inaugural class of 34 scholarship recipients to participate in the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety’s (CBPPS) certification program.

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Hickson to chair board of patient safety foundation

Jul. 12, 2012—Gerald Hickson, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Board of Directors as well as chairman of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

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Say thanks to a patient advocate during National Patient Advocacy Week

Apr. 9, 2012—April 9-13 is National Patient Advocacy Week. Vanderbilt recognizes and expresses great appreciation for the work of the Office of Patient Affairs, which serves all Vanderbilt community members who enter Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a patient or a patient’s loved one. VUMC’s patient advocates perform essential service recovery functions and seldom receive recognition. This week...

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Going underground in search of new drugs

Feb. 1, 2011—Every few months, chemist Brian Bachmann sheds his white lab coat, collects his flashlight, helmet, surgical gloves and knotted rope, puts on old clothes and hiking boots and heads to a nearby cave. Bachmann, an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt, has combined his industrial experience in natural products drug discovery with his undergraduate hobby...

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