From the Dean

Tradition and progress mark the start of a new academic year

Summer marked the beginning of another exciting academic year when we welcomed a host of students and advanced postdoctoral trainees to the Medical Center. It is a time of renewal, optimism and excitement for the future. In July we introduced … Continued


Biology and the Beat

Kate Margulis has been passionate about music all her life. But it wasn’t until she came to Vanderbilt to earn a master’s degree in speech and language pathology that she realized she could marry that passion to her undergraduate research … Continued

Happy, Healthy, Whole

  At a 20-week ultrasound Lindsey and Jeremy Walley were excited to learn the gender of their first-born child. Their elation that it was a girl was met by a sudden quiet and serious look from the ultrasound technician, who … Continued

Our Amazing Skin

Skin is the human body’s largest organ accounting for 8 pounds and 2 square meters on an adult. It is our fiercest protector, an impervious shield that plays a major role in keeping us alive. Since a substantial portion of … Continued

Global Good

Street vendors sell caskets along the road that leads to the hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. It’s a stark reality, this expectation of death distilled into an image, then seared into memory. Reid Thompson, MD, can’t forget what he saw, and … Continued

My Tenuous Relationship With an Octopus

Ever since third grade, the octopus has been my least favorite animal. Not that any octopus ever did anything to me; on the contrary, I’ve only seen one in an aquarium, and I’m sure it took no special notice of … Continued