Letter and updates from the president
Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Reunion 2010
Many thanks to all of you who attended Reunion 2010. With 1,170 attendees, this was our largest VUSM Reunion event ever. I hope you enjoyed your time back on Vanderbilt’s campus. A special thanks to all of our class chairs, class gift chairs and class party hosts for making this Reunion a truly wonderful weekend. Of note, along with our special class anniversary celebrations, this year’s VUSM Reunion also featured meetings for the Amos Christie Society (Pediatrics), the Lonnie S. Burnett Society (Obstetrics and Gynecology), and the Thomas E. Brittingham Society (Medicine). If you were not able to attend Reunion 2010, please refer to the back two pages of this issue for photographs from various Reunion festivities.
VMAA Board Meeting in conjunction with Reunion 2010
The Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association (VMAA) welcomes our new VMAA president, David W. Patterson, M.D., MD ’85. Dr. Patterson, an Internal Medicine specialist engaged in private practice in the Washington, D.C., area, has served as a Northeastern regional representative to the VMAA Board since 2004. His tenure as VMAA President extends from Reunion 2010 until Reunion 2012. The VMAA also welcomes Clifton R. Cleaveland, M.D., HS ’64, FE ‘70, who has previously served as a Tennessee regional representative as the new president-elect. Our sincere thanks goes out to outgoing VMAA President Wyatt E. Rousseau, M.D., MD ’69, from Dallas. He and his wife Carolyn have been strong supporters of the VMAA for many years, and we look to him for future leadership for our regional events in the Dallas area.
VMAA Events and Dinners
For the past two quarters, the VMAA has been actively involved with alumni, student and trainee events on and off campus. For example, in September the VMAA and regional representative, Mitchell S. Steiner, M.D., FAC, FE ’93-95, hosted a dinner in Memphis, Tenn., with featured speaker, Vice Chancellor Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D. In November, VMAA board president, David W. Patterson, M.D., hosted another regional dinner in Washington, D.C., (in conjunction with the AAMC meeting). Other events of interest include the H. William Scott Society Dinner (in conjunction with the October American College of Surgeons annual meeting in Washington, D.C.); the September postdoctoral picnic, the launch of our VMAA 2010 Host Program, participation in a new graduate student white coat program; a July Nashville Sounds game with House Staff; a book signing event for the BRET Office’s Career Symposium and our fourth annual VMAA “Halfway There” celebration for the VUSM Class of 2012.
Worthy of Note News
The VMAA always welcomes your submissions for our alumni news “Worthy of Note” section in Vanderbilt Medicine magazine. Submit news and digital photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to (615) 936-8475; or mail to VUMC, 21st Ave South and Medical Center Drive, MCN D-8212, Nashville, TN 37232-2106.