Genetics and Heritability

From the Spring 2020 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Since 2007, Douglas Ruderfer, PhD, MS, assistant professor in VUMC’s Division of Genetic Medicine, has centered most of his research on understanding the genetic architecture of psychiatric disorders and behavioral health traits to better quantify the role genetics play in … Continued

Supporting physician wellness

From the Spring 2020 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Studies suggest one of about every 400 physicians dies by suicide in the United States each year, translating to more than 1 million patients losing their doctor to suicide annually. Compared with the general population, physicians are nearly twice as … Continued

Baby Boom

From the Fall 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

More women. More babies. With more people choosing Nashville and its surrounding communities as home, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has seen a rapid growth in the number of visits for women’s care and babies born … Continued

Hard Hats and Health Care

From the Fall 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Children’s Hospital Expansion With a population explosion impacting Nashville and surrounding communities, serving the health care needs of the region’s families and children means that Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been on the rise — literally. Following … Continued

Risky Ride

From the Fall 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

There’s a fierce debate raging in the new Nashville – whether the influx of a growing number of electric scooters is a fun addition for tourists and residents or a dangerous trend that affects public safety. In July, after some … Continued

Leading the Way

From the Fall 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The 20 residents in the Department of Neurosurgery are in good hands, under the guidance of residency program director, Lola Chambless, MD’05, HS’12, associate professor of Neurosurgery. In 2012, Chambless became the first female faculty member in the department and … Continued

Success Built on Trust

From the Winter 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

As of Dec. 5, 2018, the VUMC Street Psychiatry team had encountered 151 unique individuals experiencing homelessness during 19 weeks at 15 different sites. Within that population, 89 patients reported being unvaccinated against hepatitis A, while 63 patients reported having … Continued

The Emotional Toll

From the Winter 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Living with a disease for a long time can affect more than just physical well-being, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center psychologist cautions. “Sometimes we see young adults in remission (from cancer) and considered long-term survivors, but they might be having … Continued