From the Dean

Dean Balser

A Month of Many Milestones

It was a remarkable July. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center began the fiscal year with the Medical Center operating as a financially and legally independent nonprofit entity for the first time in history. Through an extensive, two-year effort, … Continued

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Global Ambition

  Growing up in the small rural village of Yetebon, Ethiopia, Kidane Amare Sarko could step just outside his thatched-roof, mud and wood hut and see his future. He could see his father, who could neither read nor write, work … Continued

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The Envelope, Please

  More than an hour had passed since Trisha Pasricha, M.D., ‘16, got the news. It wasn’t until all the cameras were shut down and the last shot secured that the tears began to well up in her eyes. It was … Continued

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Doctor of Big Data

  For several months in 2014, Josh Denny, M.D., a 37-year-old father of three young children, and an internist with a busy practice, quietly worked on a project in his office on Nashville’s West End Avenue, that he could not … Continued

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Tuning the Brain, Taming the Tremors

  Six years after they met in an Internet chat room, Linda Jones and Steve Retterer woke up in the same Vanderbilt Adult Hospital room. “I think it’s daylight,” Jones said, as the anesthesia began to wear off. “I think … Continued

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House Calls to the Homeless

  Wednesday is clinic day for Vanderbilt psychiatrist Sheryl Fleisch, M.D. The day is packed with patients, many with multiple physical and mental issues. Fleisch is dressed in jeans, a long-sleeved Vanderbilt T-shirt and a fleece jacket. She wears hiking … Continued