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Dr. Neutens and Dr. Towers Named Health Care Heroes

James Neutens, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and former Dean of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, and and Craig Towers, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, were among seven health care professionals recognized as the 2018 Health Care Heroes

Dr. Neutens was recognized for excellence in medical education. As Dean from 2005-2018, Dr. Neutens grew academic programs available to resident physicians and medical students as well as strengthened the criteria for residency programs to meet above and beyond the measurements required by the accrediting agencies. Dr. Neutens also grew research funding and led the effort to open the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, the state's only accredited simulation center. Read more about Dean Neutens success in

Dr. Towers was recognized with a Road to Recovery award for his five-year study to successfully detox more than 300 pregnant women off of opiates before delivering their babies. Through his efforts, Dr. Towers has helped get prenatal medical treatment as well as behavioral health counseling for pregnant women to successfully wean off of opiates as opposed to using a maintenance drug. Through the national attention of his success stories, he also helped modify national standards by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to recognize that through the oversight of a qualified physician, detoxification can lead to a healthy and safe deliver of a newborn baby. Read more about Dr. Towers and his work in

Posted October 30, 2018



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