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Managing Sleep Apnea in Preemie Babies Wirelessly

Mark Gaylord, MD, Professor and Director of Neonatology, and Vichien Lorch, MD, Neonatology Professor Emeritus, are developing technology that will stimulate babies with sleep apnea when they stop breathing. This is part of the physicians' vision of creating a wireless Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Read more


New Fellowship Available in Medical Education and Simulation with a Master's Degree in Education

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, in conjunction with the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, now offers a Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship Program through the University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation. Read more


The Scope Features New Associate Dean, Faculty Honors and Novel Research

The November issue of The Scope Newsletter is online now, featuring the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Also featured are innovations in research and faculty honors. Read more


Physicians and Staff Discuss Ethics in Medical Care

Integrity plays an important role in healing, but sometimes what is "right" is unclear. Annette Mendola, PhD, Chief of the Division of Clinical Ethics and Assistant Professor of Medicine, initiated a program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center known as Ethics Case Rounds to help guide clinical staff through ethically difficult situations. Read more


Dr. Datta's Research Links Sleep to Memory

The Anesthesiology neuroscience research program studies how consciousness works, particularly when patients are under anesthesia or sleeping naturally. Subimal Datta, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology, has been researching the link between sleep and neurological disorders. Read more


Medical Center Named in 100 Great Hospitals in America

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been named as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of medical innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities. Read more


Cancer Institute Receives Grant for Breast Health Outreach

The Tri-Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded a $3,105 grant to the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute to remove barriers such as transportation and cost of the screenings as well as improve access to breast health screenings for the women of Hancock County. Read more


Anesthesiology Resident Selected as TMA Resident Council Chair

Patrick McFarland, MD, Anesthesiology Resident, has been selected as the Tennessee Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section Governing Council Chair for 2016-2017. Read more


Bariatric Center Receives National Accreditation

The University of Tennessee Medical Center announced that University Bariatric Center has been re-accredited for the third time as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).Read more


Student Research Program Inspires a Future Physician

A summer research opportunity turned into a year-long research position and helped change the course of an aspiring doctor's career goals. Read more


UTGSM Welcomes Inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Pamela Rowland, PhD, has joined the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine as the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development. In this new role, she will initiate innovative programs for faculty focused on quality improvement and safety, population health, stewardship of resources, appropriate use of technology, interprofessional teams, competency-based training, and teaching in an outpatient setting. Read more


Employees Awarded for Excellence

The UT Graduate School of Medicine recently honored employees with the 10th annual Employee Excellence Awards program. Excellence Awards are given to staff members who go beyond the scope of their jobs by providing outstanding job performance, courtesy and customer service, community service and leadership.Read more


COM Awards Dr. Purkey as Outstanding

Janet Purkey, MD, FACP, Associate Professor and Medical Student Clerkship Director in Medicine, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physician and Teacher award by the Class of 2017 College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. Read more


The University of Tennessee Medical Center Celebrates Sixty Years

Today, The University of Tennessee Medical Center celebrates its 60th anniversary. On the morning of August 9, 1956, ambulances transferred patients from Knoxville General Hospital to the newly built state-of-the-art and air conditioned University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital.Read more


Chaplain Brad Hood Shares Elements of Sacred Storytelling August 10

At the next meeting of Literary Rounds on Wednesday, August 10, Brad Hood, a chaplain at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, will share "Elements of Sacred Storytelling."Read more


Health Literacy Class for Healthcare Professionals Scheduled for August 24, 2016

Health Literacy is the next big thing around UTMC. This class is designed for healthcare professionals.Read more


First North American Patient in Liver Cancer Clinical Trial Treated at UT Medical Center

The University of Tennessee Medical Center initiated treatment on North America’s first participant in a clinical trial for patients who have advanced liver cancer and limited available treatment options. Read more


Dr. Goldman Honored with Heart Transplant Puppet

Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean for Research and retired vascular surgeon, was presented with a special puppet known as Alex who was used to educate children and families about organ and tissue donation and transplantation through Kids on the Block, a troupe of education puppets. Read more


Residents and Fellows Awarded for Research

The UT Graduate School of Medicine Dean and the Academy of Scholars recognized excellence in research through Resident and Fellow Research Day, initiating a new format to showcase the very best in case reports and original research. Read more


The Scope Features the U.S. Surgeon General's Visit

The July issue of The Scope Newsletter is online now, featuring the U.S. Surgeon General's visit. Also featured are innovations in research and awards.Read more


Dr. Nickloes Named Surgical Critical Care Program Director

Todd Nickloes, DO, FACOS, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery's Division of Trauma/Critical Care, has been named Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the UT Graduate School of Medicine. He succeeds Brian Daley, MD, who served as Program Director since 2011 and continues serving as the General Surgery Residency Program Director.Read more


U.S. Surgeon General Discusses Opioid Epidemic at UT Medical Center

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy met with doctors, lawmakers and a host of clinicians and other community leaders at The University of Tennessee Medical Center to discuss and seek solutions in the opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the nation, and hitting particularly hard in Tennessee.Read more


University Center for Pain Management Offers Comprehensive Care

The University Center for Pain Management has expanded its capabilities under the direction of Stephanie Vanterpool, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology's Division of Pain Medicine, to offer comprehensive chronic pain management. Read more


UTGSM Surgeon Develops Medical Care in Kurdistan

A surgical team including Lou Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Sabina Siddiqui, MD, Surgery Alumnus, traveled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq recently to participate in the 7th Annual Joint Medical Symposium and to provide clinical and surgical care side by side with medical colleagues who practice in Kurdistan. Read more


Dr. Spengler's Legacy for Vascular Research Honored

Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean for Research and retired Vascular Surgeon and Chair of Surgery, recently unveiled a plaque to recognize the contributions of Frank J. Spengler, DDS, to vascular research through a gift fund created in his name. Read more


Anesthesiology Faculty Selected as Oral Board Examiners

For the first time, two UT Graduate School of Medicine Anesthesiology faculty have been selected concurrently as oral board examiners for the American Board of Anesthesiology: Patrick McConville, MD, and Brigitte Messenger, MD. Read more


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