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Shade Tree Trot–a fun event for a great cause

from Jessica Pasley: The Shade Tree Trot has come a long way since it sauntered onto Nashville’s 5K scene in 2009. What started as a sidewalk 5K directed mostly at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students and friends, has expanded … Continue reading

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She doesn’t have cancer. She just doesn’t have hair

from Wayne Wood: This is a story and video from The Tennessean about Hannah Grubbs, a Hendersonville fifth grader who has a medical condition that keeps her from growing hair. All her life people have assumed that she has cancer, … Continue reading

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Thanks to Southwest Airlines, on behalf of Vanderbilt patients and families

from Wayne Wood: Again this year Southwest Airlines has stepped up to provide free travel for Vanderbilt patients who may need some help paying for a trip home after a trauma, or help coming to VUMC for cancer treatment. For … Continue reading

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Andre Churchwell honored by Black Health magazine

from Wayne Wood:   Andre Churchwell, M.D., senior associate dean for Diversity Affairs, was honored in a feature in the new issue of Black Health. The magazine published a salute to 15 African American medical educators. Here is Churchwell’s article … Continue reading

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Jason Koger featured in Apple’s 30 years of Mac ad

from Wayne Wood: About three years ago I worked on a story for House Organ about Jason Koger, a young man from Kentucky who was badly injured in an electrical accident that cost him both of his arms. Jason is … Continue reading

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Traveling exhibit traces medicine in Washington’s time

from Wayne Wood: A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “George Washington and Medicine,” is on display in the History of Medicine Room at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The exhibit is augmented … Continue reading

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“Between Hallmark and heartache”: Vanderbilt psychiatrist offers tips for how to have a pretty good Christmas

from Wayne Wood: During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says. In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal covers VUMC’s post-ICU delirium research

from Wayne Wood: Wes Ely, M.D., MPH, professor of Medicine, and his colleagues have been leading the way in describing the effects on patients of being in intensive care, specifically delirium. Here’s a great story from reporter Laura Landro at … Continue reading

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Next Steps graduate to receive 2013 Self-Advocate Award

from Jennifer Wetzel: Elizabeth Turner, Communications Program Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, sent over the news that the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) honored Will McMillan with the 2013 Self-Advocate Award on Saturday, Oct. 19, during DSAMT’s … Continue reading

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Former House Organ writing winner has novel published by Penguin Press

from Wayne Wood: Former VUMC nurse Jeff High, who was published three times in the VUMC House Organ Writing Contest, has just had his first novel, “More Things in Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley,” published by Penguin Press. … Continue reading

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