From the Dean

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I write to thank you for your incredible support of our missions, for so many wonderful accomplishments in 2016, and to share some aspirations for 2017 and beyond. By any measure, 2016 was a year that brought a multitude of … Continued


Remote Control

When Willem Leister Einthoven, inventor of the electrocardiogram (EKG), sent an EKG over telephone lines back in 1906, it was the first example of modern telecardiology. More than a century later, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Allen Naftilan, M.D., … Continued


The epidemic of opioid abuse, which each day claims the lives of 91 Americans and adds billions annually to the nation’s health care bill, can be stopped—but it’s not going to be easy, say those steering the ship at Vanderbilt … Continued

Healing from Within

Researchers have long suspected the immune system, so efficient at defending the body against foreign invaders, could be key to treating cancer. “The immune system has properties that make it very effective in recognizing and fighting off certain germs. We … Continued

Positive Outlook

When Rachel Fox was 15 years old, the petite, blonde high school sophomore spent most of her time babysitting in her suburban Nashville neighborhood and practicing the piano. For about a year, she noticed she was increasingly hungry and thirsty, … Continued

This is Not a Drill

At 2:20 a.m. on June 12, 2016, Michael Cheatham, M.D., asleep at home in Orlando, Florida, was awakened by a phone call. A colleague said, “There’s been a mass casualty shooting event, and we need you here.” Cheatham, VUSM ‘89, … Continued