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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

UT Research Foundation Recognizes Innovation

The UT Research Foundation recognized 88 University of Tennessee researchers, including several UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty and staff, for their discoveries and commercialization efforts made within the last two years during the 2016 Innovation Award Ceremony. Read more

Using Pop Culture in Higher Education

On Wednesday, April 27, Jake Hamric, a History teacher at Pellissippi State Community College and a Ph.D. candidate in Modern German History at the University of Tennessee, will give a presentation entitled "Harry Potter, Higher Education, and Popular Culture." Read more

TNAFP Names Dr. Blake Physician of the Year

Gregory Blake, MD, Chair, Family Medicine, received the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians' Family Physician of the Year Award. It is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the ideal family physician and who has made an outstanding contribution to Family Medicine and to the advancement of health and medical education. Read more

UTCOM Student Participates in 'Astro Surgery' Research for NASA

With the help and support of UT Graduate School of Medicine Surgery faculty, a UT College of Medicine student participated in research that combines her passions for surgery and space flight, research that will hopefully make the possibility of surgery in space a reality. Read more

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Approved for More Fellows

Beginning July 2017, the Vascular Surgery Fellowship, directed by Michael Freeman, MD, is approved for four fellows, with a net increase of one position each year. Read more

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lacey Retires

John "Jack" Lacey, III, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer with nearly four decades of service at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, retired from his leadership role on March 31. Dr. Lacey began his internal medicine practice with UT in 1977 and will continue as clinical faculty for the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Read more

The Scope Features the Latest in UTGSM Fellowship Programs

The April issue of The Scope Newsletter is online now, featuring the latest advances in fellowship programs. Also featured are innovations in research and physician faculty honors. Read the April issue of The Scope. Read more

National Library of Medicine Exhibit Comes to Preston April 11-May 21

In partnership with the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, The Health Information Center-Preston Medical Library will host a traveling exhibition: Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours April 11-May 21. Read more

Research Supports Safe Opiate Detoxification During Pregnancy

Craig Towers, MD, Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has shown evidence that maternal opiate detoxification during pregnancy significantly improves pregnancy outcome, without putting the fetus at risk. The results of his research have been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read more

Dr. Datta Honored for Achievement in Physiology

Subimal Datta, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Psychology at the UT College of Arts and Sciences, received the 2015 B. K. Anand Oration Award at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Asari Nagar, New Delhi. The international award is given annually to an eminent basic medical scientist with special contributions related to neurosciences. Read more

Registration Open for Medicine Conference April 29-30

Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Medicine Conference: Practice Updates for the Primary Care Physician, a continuing medical education conference set for April 29-30, at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown World's Fair Park, Knoxville, Tennessee. Register today.Read more

Dr. Stephenson Receives NIH Small Business Grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary agency in the U.S. responsible for biomedical and health-related research, has awarded University of Tennessee faculty a Small Business Innovation Research grant for a study to improve the tracking of cells used in regenerative medicine, a relatively new field of research.Read more

Registration Available for Annual Diabetes Conference April 2

The Eleventh Annual Diabetes Regional Conference is scheduled for April 2 at UT Conference Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Register today at for this popular conference.Read more

HIC Hosts Health Literacy Forum

The Health Information Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center sponsored the first-ever Tennessee Health Literacy Forum. Approximately 100 health care professionals, educators, librarians, and government and business leaders from across the state of Tennessee attended to address the importance of health literacy and its influence on patient health.Read more

Dr. Lydic Discusses Sleep at UT Science Forum February 19

Ralph Lydic, PhD, Cole Professor of Neuroscience in the Departments of Psychology and Anesthesiology, will speak on “Sleep: Neuroscience, Medicine, and Society” on February 19, from noon to 1 p.m. during the University of Tennessee Science Forum in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D. Read more

Urology Program Adds Two Residency Positions

The Urology Residency program at the University of Tenenssee Graduate School of Medicine has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for two additional residency positions for a total of eight residents each year in the four-year program. Read more

UT Collaborates Statewide to Answer NIH Request for Asthma Research

A group of clinicians, nurses, scientists, engineers, social scientists and community partners from statewide UT institutions participated in an interactive workshop to discuss a National Institutes for Health funding opportunity focused on reducing childhood asthma disparities.  Read more

New Interventional Cardiology and Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowships Announced

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved two new Internal Medicine fellowships for the UT Graduate School of Medicine. Beginning July 1, 2016 the UTGSM will add Interventional Cardiology and Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Medicine bringing the total number of fellowships to ten.  Read more

Dr. Baljepally Teaches Quick Thinking to Maintain Vascular Access in Heart Procedure

Cardiology Associate Professor Raj Baljepally, MD, had to think quickly on his feet to modify a heart catheter during an emergent procedure for a patient in cardiogenic shock. His life-saving technique is now being used as a teaching tool. Read more

Simulation Center Earns National Reaccreditation

The University of Tennessee Center for Advanced Medical Simulation (UTCAMS) has been reaccredited as a comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). An ACS-AEI addresses the educational needs of a broad spectrum of learners and advances the science of simulation based education. Read more

UTCOM Students Discuss Medical School with UT Undergrads

University of Tennessee College of Medicine students in their third and fourth years of medical school participated in a panel discussion, answering questions by UT Knoxville "Intro to Health Care" students, a class led by Kimberly Morris, MD, FACP, Associate Professor, Medicine. The discussion focused on applying to medical school and what medical school is really like. Read more


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