From the Dean

Dean Balser

Our Strength in Personalized Medicine is Leading the Way

Earlier this summer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was honored to host the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop for the federal Precision Medicine Initiative announced in January by President Obama. The two-day gathering, led by NIH director Dr. Francis … Continued


Son’s Disease Prompts Mom’s Scientific Quest

At age 50, Terry Jo Bichell, a midwife and mother of five with no basic science training, set out to cure Angelman Syndrome. It wasn’t a mid-life crisis; a fit of reinvention as her four oldest daughters left the house. … Continued

Hope Amid a Continuing Crisis

It’s been 20 years since her doctor silently handed Katrina Robertson a lab report that showed she was infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Yet the memory is still painfully fresh. “I remember just boo-hooing and crying because it was … Continued

Undone in the ICU

Undone in the ICU

“I was under the impression that I was being held prisoner. There were people I was aware of who would come into the room, in the outer areas, and they wouldn’t talk to me or look at me. I remember … Continued

Journey Out of Silence

Allyson Sisler-Dinwiddie, Au.D., will never forget the day her hearing went away. She was just waking up, home alone on a Saturday morning, when her dog, Maddie, leapt off the bed and darted to the bedroom door. “I could tell … Continued

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dee Rogers has a busy and stressful job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. So it would be normal to be tired at the end of the work day. But in 2014 she began to notice that she didn’t feel rejuvenated … Continued