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July 2009

Vandana Gupta Abramson, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as an assistant professor of Medicine. She comes to VICC from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where she was an instructor in Hematology/Oncology.

Carlos Arteaga, M.D., professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology and director of the Breast Cancer Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been named to one of the international cancer research “Dream Teams” funded by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a charitable initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Gordon Bernard, M.D., was named associate vice chancellor for Research, overseeing clinical research, and senior associate dean for Clinical Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Nancy Brown, M.D., associate dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, has been named chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology. Brown becomes the fifth director of the division — one of 13 divisions in the Department of Medicine.

Kevin Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer and executive director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, was inducted into the Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame by the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. The awards ceremony was held March 10 at the Martin Professional Development Center. Churchwell is a 1979 graduate of McGavock High School.

Roger Cone, Ph.D., is the 2009 recipient of the Donald F. Steiner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research, an international award established by the University of Chicago to honor an investigator conducting research in the field of diabetes. Cone, professor and chair of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, received the award at the 4th Annual Chicago Diabetes Day on May 16. Thomas Doyle, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, has been named one of four national recipients of the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding pediatric caregivers at CMN children's hospitals. As part of his recognition, Doyle will be profiled in the 2009 “Best Children's Hospitals” edition of U.S. News and World Report.

William Furman, M.D., has joined Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology in the new role of vice-chair for Clinical Affairs. Furman will oversee the department’s clinical program planning and operations management. He will also work with the OR leadership on program planning, facility management and quality initiatives. Furman comes to Vanderbilt from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was senior associate chief of staff and professor of Anesthesiology.

Gerald Hickson, M.D., director of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, received the Vanguard Award for the Advancement of Patient Safety from the Doctors Company Foundation. Hickson, also associate dean for Clinical Affairs and director of Clinical Risk and Loss Prevention, was honored for his leadership contributions to the national patient safety movement.

Rob Hood, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, has been named medical director of Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks. Hood will provide medical oversight to all of the clinics at the new facility, an expansion of his existing role as medical director of Vanderbilt Heart at One Hundred Oaks.

Howard Jones III, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Gynecologic Oncology for the past 28 years, has been named chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jones served as interim chair since April 2008.

Philip Kregor, M.D., director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, has been named the Jeffrey W. Mast Chair in Orthopaedic Trauma and Hip Surgery. Mast is considered a national pioneer in orthopaedic trauma. The $1.5 million anonymous gift will allow Kregor to concentrate on all aspects of orthopaedic trauma and hip surgery techniques, while also fostering learning in younger surgeons.

Richard Light, M.D., professor of Pulmonary Medicine, has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society. The award, established in 1994, is given to those who make outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care or advocacy.

John Manning, Ph.D., M.B.A., was appointed associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs, chief administrative officer for Vanderbilt Medical Center, and senior associate dean for Operations and Administration.

Bonnie Miller, M.D., has been named senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education at VUMC, continuing to lead medical student education as well as expanded efforts to ensure that all of Vanderbilt's clinical education programs are directed toward the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of patients and populations.

Harold L. (Hal) Moses, M.D., director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and director of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories, received the Lifetime Medical Research Award during the inaugural T.J. Martell Foundation/Nashville Honors Gala. The event honored four distinguished individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic and career achievements. Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt-Ingram, presented the award to Moses for his dedication to cancer research.

Denis O'Day, M.D., was recently presented with one of Ophthalmology's highest honors — the Lucien Howe Medal. O'Day, director of the Emphasis Program and professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, was honored by the American Ophthalmological Society for his many contributions to the field.

William Pao, M.D., Ph.D., has accepted a new post as associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Cancer Biology and Pathology.

C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., is the new deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs, CEO of the Hospitals and Clinics, and senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs.

David Raiford, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs and senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been named associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer for Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Todd Rice, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of Medicine, has been appointed medical director of Vanderbilt University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Rice succeeds Gordon Bernard, M.D., who served as IRB medical director for nearly a decade.

Martin Sandler, M.B., Ch.B., associate vice chancellor for Hospital Affairs, is returning to his role as a Vanderbilt clinician and researcher, after nearly a decade of working in senior executive administration roles.

Douglas Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., has been named physician-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine as the Lisa R. Jacobson Associate Professor of Medicine. Sawyer had been serving as interim chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. As division chief, Sawyer will oversee enhancing interdisciplinary scientific relationships, expanding Vanderbilt Heart’s research portfolio and cultivating a widening and important clinical influence.

Herbert Schwartz, M.D., professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Schwartz fills the role previously held by longtime departmental leader Dan Spengler, M.D., professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

James Snell, M.D., retired in December 2008 after 50 years with Vanderbilt's Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He plans to write a book chronicling the rise of the division.

Jeffrey Sosman, M.D., professor of Medicine, has received the first American Cancer Society Mary Hendrickson-Johnson Melanoma Professorship. The $400,000 award, which runs through the end of 2013, is given to an outstanding investigator who has made a seminal contribution that has changed the direction of cancer research and who continues to provide leadership in the field of melanoma research.

William Tansey, Ph.D., joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-leader of the Genome Maintenance Program. He also has been named an Ingram Professor of Cancer Research. His research will focus on the regulation of gene activity in normal and cancer cells.

Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D., professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed to a two-year renewable term on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI). As a member of the board, Van Kaer will provide critical, constructive and timely reviews of contributed articles, as well as advice on the editorial content and policy of the journal.

Susan Wente, Ph.D., was named associate vice chancellor for Research, overseeing the basic sciences, and senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences.

John Kelly Wright, Jr., M.D., professor of Surgery and surgical director of the Liver Transplant Program at Vanderbilt Medical Center, has been named chief of the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation. Wright succeeds Ravi Chari, M.D., M.B.A.

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