From the Dean

Dean Balser

VUMC as a Separate Nonprofit Entity Allows for Growth

The changes we are experiencing in health care are the most transformational in America’s history. No other sector has as large an impact on the U.S. economy as health care, which now consumes almost 20 percent of our Gross Domestic … Continued


Amy Fleming, M.D., Takes Helm of Medical Student Affairs

In 1993, Amy Fleming, a first-year medical student at the University of Virginia, was sitting at a table during a small group gathering at the home of Richard Pearson, M.D., the dean of student affairs, when she saw her future. It … Continued


The Long Road Back

In early September 2014, Ian Crozier, M.D.,’97, supervised the jet evacuation of a critically ill patient from Kenema, the epicenter of the raging Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. An exhausted Crozier told the medical team that he hoped he didn’t … Continued



Burn injuries can happen to anyone. Each burn patient’s story is unique, but they all start the same: with an unplanned event. So sudden. Often tragic. Always painful. The severe burn patient is a significant challenge medically and often requires … Continued


The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Inflammation

It’s a scourge of modern life, each year gobbling up billions of health care dollars in the United States alone. When it’s good, it fights off foreign invaders, heals injuries and mops up debris. But when it’s bad, inflammation ignites … Continued

Choosing Wisely

The U.S. medical system spends $750 billion a year on health care that doesn’t result in improved health outcomes. In fact, one-third of medical spending is wasted on unnecessary procedures, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Patients … Continued