Remote Control

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

When Willem Leister Einthoven, inventor of the electrocardiogram (EKG), sent an EKG over telephone lines back in 1906, it was the first example of modern telecardiology. More than a century later, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Allen Naftilan, M.D., … Continued

Hooked

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The epidemic of opioid abuse, which each day claims the lives of 91 Americans and adds billions annually to the nation’s health care bill, can be stopped—but it’s not going to be easy, say those steering the ship at Vanderbilt … Continued

Healing from Within

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Researchers have long suspected the immune system, so efficient at defending the body against foreign invaders, could be key to treating cancer. “The immune system has properties that make it very effective in recognizing and fighting off certain germs. We … Continued

Positive Outlook

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

When Rachel Fox was 15 years old, the petite, blonde high school sophomore spent most of her time babysitting in her suburban Nashville neighborhood and practicing the piano. For about a year, she noticed she was increasingly hungry and thirsty, … Continued

This is Not a Drill

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

At 2:20 a.m. on June 12, 2016, Michael Cheatham, M.D., asleep at home in Orlando, Florida, was awakened by a phone call. A colleague said, “There’s been a mass casualty shooting event, and we need you here.” Cheatham, VUSM ‘89, … Continued

Global Ambition

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  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

The Envelope, Please

From the Summer 2016 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  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