The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville


Former Library Director Lynne Craver Passes Away

Lynne Craver, former Director of Preston Medical Library, recently passed away at the age of 58. Craver was instrumental in securing grants to support consumer health efforts in the Knoxville community. She is credited with opening the telephone-based consumer health information service at Preston Medical Library. View her obituary.

Symposium Features Cancer Research

A Cancer Community of Scholars Symposium featured invited speaker Donald Engelman, a Higgins Professor of Biochemistry at Yale University, presenting "Insertion of a transmembrane helix and its uses in targeting tumors." Engelman is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the National Institutes of Health, and has been a Guggenheim fellow. The Symposium was hosted by the Cancer Community of Scholars, UT Medical Center / UT Graduate School of Medicine, UTK Office of Research & Engagement, departments of Biochemistry & Cellular & Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Keith Gray Discusses Cancer in African American Community

In honor of National Minority Health Month and in partnership with the Cancer Support Community, Keith Gray, MD, Associate Professor and Chief, Surgery's Division of Surgical Oncology, delivered a presentation at the Beck Cultural Center addressing health issues in the African American community. His focus was on early detection of cancer and diabetes through screening and prevention by adopting a healthy lifestyle to include no tobacco use, eating a nutritional diet and exercising. He stated that over 25 percent of African Americans smoke; if everyone quit smoking, that number would decrease by 30 percent. Dr. Gray noted Tennessee is ranked as having the fourth highest rate of obesity in the nation. In East Tennessee, the obesity rate in African Americans is 40 percent and nearly two-thirds are overweight. He said that with a controlled diet and increase in exercise, two-thirds of all cancers could be prevented

Martha Earl Receives Tennessee Library Association Honor Award

Martha Earl, MSLS, AHIP, Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Preston Medical Library, received the Tennessee Library Association Honor Award for service to Tennessee libraries recently. The TLA Honor Award recognizes any person or group who has made a significant contribution to the furtherance of librarianship on a statewide or national level.

Cityview Names 2015 Top Docs

Each year, Cityview magazine asks the community's working physicians to name physicians they refer to among each specialty. Several UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty physicians were named in the 2015 Top Docs for specialties listed below. Also, several community physicians were featured including Elise Schriver, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, and Wahid Hanna, MD, Professor, Medicine's Hematology and Oncology.

Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Family Practice
Hospice/Palliative Care
Infectious Disease
Internal Medicine
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Pain Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
Radiation Oncology
Sleep Medicine
Surgery - Colon and Rectal
Surgery - General
Surgery - Neurological
Surgery - Oral and Maxillofacial

WBIR Features Monthly Health Information Segment

WBIR is now featuring a health information segment on the first Monday of each month during "10 News at Five" from 5-6 p.m. Kelsey Leonard, MSIS, AHIP, Assistant Professor, Health Information Services Librarian, helps answer questions and provide tips for finding reliable health information related to national monthly health topics. The segment began in April with a feature on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In May, Stroke was featured. The next segment, June 1, will discuss Men's Health Topics.

Employees Recognized for Service to UT

Employees of the UT Graduate School of Medicine were recently recognized for their years of service to UT.

5 Years
Maylea Arthur, Medical Administrative Specialist, Family Medicine
Chadwick Bowling, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rhonda Carpenter, Administrative Support Assistant, Family Medicine
Pleas Copas, MD, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Matthew DeMaria, Senior IT Technologist, Health Information Management and Services
Kathleen Herbig, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery
Kristopher Kimball, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Patrick McConville, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
John Meadows, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Laurentia Nodit, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology
Mary O'Connor, Administrative Specialist, Dean's Office
Amila Orucevic, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology
Kristi Roe, Administrative Specialist, Dean's Office
Connie Tatgenhorst, Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine
Craig Towers, MD, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yorke Young, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology
Robin Zwolinski, Medical Administrative Assistant, Family Medicine

10 Years
Tina Dudney, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine
Richard Gibson, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine
Carla Johnson, Medical Administrative Assistant, Family Medicine
Stephen Kennel, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Medicine
Cynthia Langley, Research Associate, Research
Kelly McDaniel, Director, Family Medicine
Mark Murray, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
John Snidow, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiology
Cynthia Vaughn, Associate Professor, Preston Medical Library
Juli Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Laura Wolfe, Senior Library Associate, Preston Medical Library

15 Years
Jack Chavez, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Rick Green, Communication Coordinator, Health Information Management and Services
Alan Grindstaff, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology
Jane Obenour, Administrative Support Assistant II, Medicine

20 Years
Gregory Blake, MD, Professor and Chair, Family Medicine
Robert Elder, MD, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Camilla Elderkin, Senior Admitting Clerk, Pediatric Consultants
Laura Maples, Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Edward Mobley, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Patricia Rebholz, Coordinator, GSM Business Office
Jonathan Wall, PhD, Professor, Medicine
Hope Wright, Administrative Support Assistant, Surgery

25 Years
Tara Burnette, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Daniel Bustamante, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Lolita Davis, Medical Administrative Coordinator, Student Affairs
Jeffrey Keenan, MD, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rose Lasorsa, Medical Administrative Coordinator, Dentistry
Maricarmen Malagon-Rogers, Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Janet Purkey, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine
Tina Tindell, License Practical Nurse, Obstetrics and Gynecology
O. Lee Wilson, DMD, Associate Prof and Chair, Dentistry

30 Years
Lisa Davis, Clinical Assistant, Dentistry
Bertha Jarnagin, Administrative Specialist I, Radiology
J. Michael McCoy, DDS, Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Don Pearson, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Paige Rinehart, Medical Administrative Coordinator, Anesthesiology
Kenneth Rule, MD, Professor, Radiology

35 Years
Sissy Ensor, Medical Administrative Coordinator, Medicine
David Gerard, PhD, Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

45 Years
Carolyn Kilgore, Senior LicensePractical Nurse, Obstetrics and Gynecology

New Faculty

Julia Monahan, DO, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Joseph Peeden, MD
, Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Robert Shuler, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery
J. Franics Turner, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Medicine