From the Dean

Dean Balser

Growing to New Heights

The cover of this issue of Vanderbilt Medicine features Eli James, a courageous 5-year-old being cared for by the Program for Children with Medically Complex Needs through Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Eli was diagnosed in utero with … Continued


New Programs Prepare Future Health Care Leaders

  Graduate students at Vanderbilt seeking careers in health care just got an added boost in course offerings. Three distinctly different programs were recently introduced to address the evolving needs of future practitioners. According to Bonnie Miller, M.D., associate vice … Continued

Bitter Pill

On the evening of June 12, 2015, Donna Emley took two acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a slight muscle ache and went to bed. The next day, she and her husband drove to Kentucky, where they were planning to spend a week … Continued

In Search of Answers

It’s human nature to need answers. We don’t like uncertainty. That includes getting answers about your health. You go to your health care provider; you want to leave with a diagnosis. But not all health care encounters work out that … Continued

Against All Odds

Dawn James of Knoxville, Tennessee, was 16 weeks pregnant when a 3-D ultrasound determined that her unborn baby had severe spina bifida that left almost his entire spinal cord exposed. The baby was given zero chance of survival. “We spoke … Continued