From the Dean

Communicating our way through this era of disease and change

Amid the challenges and tragedies of the global pandemic, there are inspiring moments. I’ve had a front row seat to both extraordinary courage and creativity, as the people of VUMC prepared for and managed through two COVID-19 surges in Middle … Continued


The Race to Rein in Renegade RNA

How is it that an encapsulated, single strand of genetic material called SARS-CoV-2 can cause so much havoc? By the middle of September, nine months after an outbreak of viral pneumonia was first reported by health authorities in Wuhan, China, … Continued

One Psychiatrist’s Journey

Reid Finlayson, MD, MMHC, was nine months into his first year of psychiatric residency training when he awoke on the seventh floor of a psychiatric hospital in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It was Easter morning in 1974, and hazy memories of … Continued

The Other Side of the Bed

A month before his 49th birthday, Geoffrey Fleming, MD, had a biopsy of his liver to diagnose an unidentified metastatic disease that he already knew was “something bad.” The next day, he jetted off to Scotland for a family golf … Continued

“Living up to our true mission”

In the 40 years since André Churchwell, MD, graduated from medical school, his contributions to diversity and inclusion work have changed the face of U.S. medical education. Since July 2019, Churchwell has served as the interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, … Continued