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Understanding deaths from post-surgical complications

Jul. 20, 2018—Robert Freundlich and colleagues analyzed records for nearly 1.2 million patients and found that, among patients who died within 30 days of surgery, one in five had a complication independently associated with mortality.

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Blocking neuroblastoma cell growth

Mar. 22, 2017—An inhibitor of cell metabolism may be a good therapeutic target for neuroblastoma, which accounts for about 15 percent of pediatric cancer-related deaths.

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Report highlights global need for surgical services

Apr. 8, 2016—An estimated 5 billion people — two-thirds of the world’s population — do not have access to surgery because of a lack of facilities, money and trained surgeons and anesthesiologists.

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John Sawyers, a steady hand in the operating room and as head of Surgical Sciences, dies at 90

Mar. 22, 2016—John Sawyers, M.D., whose decades-long career as a surgeon culminated in the chairmanship of the Vanderbilt Section of Surgical Sciences from 1983 to 1995, died Friday, March 18. He was 90. Dr. Sawyers was known for his surgical skill and his steady manner both in the operating room and the conference room. “Dr. Sawyers was...

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Study finds rerouting bile acids may offer simpler alternative to gastric bypass surgery

Jul. 21, 2015—A new surgical procedure could offer a simpler approach to achieve some of the same weight-loss and metabolic benefits associated with gastric bypass surgery, researchers at VUMC report.

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Vanderbilt University honors 28 as emeriti faculty

May. 8, 2015—Twenty-eight retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 8, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Stuffed animals bring bacteria to OR

Apr. 17, 2015—Stuffed animals that pediatric patients bring to the operating room are a reservoir of bacteria that can be effectively sterilized in a household washer/dryer the day before surgery.

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Twelve Vanderbilt faculty elected AAAS fellows

Nov. 24, 2014—Twelve members of Vanderbilt's faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

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Vanderbilt Medicine: Robotics revolution

Sep. 11, 2013—In the foreseeable future, robots will be sticking steerable needles in your brain to remove blood clots; capsule robots will be crawling up your colon as a painless replacement for the colonoscopy; and ultra-miniaturized snake robots will remove tumors from your bladder and other body cavities.

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Dual-action enzyme protects esophagus

May. 9, 2013—An antioxidant enzyme also functions as a tumor suppressor to limit cancer development in the esophagus.

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Noted pediatric surgeon to deliver Brooks Lecture May 10

Apr. 18, 2013—Renowned pediatric surgeon, scientist and Harvard Medical School’s first female professor of surgery Patricia K. Donahoe will address the Section of Surgical Sciences’ 55th Barney Brooks Lecture, Friday, May 10, at 7 a.m. in 208 Light Hall.

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Grant bolsters liver tumor surgery techniques

Apr. 8, 2013—A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery, has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors.

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