Updated June 2018
Roden’s circulatory diseases research honored | June 22, 2018
Dan Roden, MD, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases by McGill University in Montreal, Canada
Shubhada Jagasia, M.D., M.M.H.C appointed Chief of Staff VU Adult Hospital and Clinics | June 7, 2018
Cecelia Theobald, M.D. appointed Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Patty W. Wright, M.D. stepping down from the directorship of the Medicine Patient Care Center
Bryan Harris, M.D. and Victor Legner, M.D. will co-direct the Medicine Patient Care Center
Raymond C. Harris, M.D. directing the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease, the O'Brien Kidney Center and the Vanderbilt Bayer Alliance
T. Alp Ikizler, M.D. will direct the Division of Nephrology
Meg Chren, M.D. became the founding chair of the Department of Dermatology
Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D. appointed director of the Clinical Research Center
Madan Jagasia, M.D., M.S.C.I becoming Chief Medical Officer for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Berlin assumes new VICC leadership post | May 30, 2018
Jordan Berlin, MD, has been named associate director of Clinical Investigation Strategy and Shared Resources at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).
Six Vanderbilt physicians honored by medical societies | May 3, 2018
Joshua Denny, MD, MS, professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine and Vice President for Personalized Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Matthew Scott Freiberg, MD, MSc, professor of Medicine and founding director of the Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Trials Evaluation (V-CREATE) were among the 4 VUMC and 78 total physicians inducted into The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Among 61 new members inducted into the AAP, were Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and president-elect of The ASCI; and Bjorn Knollmann, MD, PhD, the William Stokes Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Arrhythmia Research and Therapeutics, and also an ASCI member.
Co-Chiefs of Staff announced for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital | May 2, 2018
Shubhada Jagasia, MD, MMHC, professor of Medicine and vice chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, will step down from her current role as department vice chair and assume the role of chief of staff for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics.
Peek named to serve on NIDDK Advisory Council | March 20, 2018
Richard Peek, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center (VDDRC) and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been appointed to serve on the advisory council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Lovly earns scholarship grant for lung cancer research | March 8, 2018
Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine, has received a $200,000 grant to support promising new research on lung cancer.
Schlendorf named adult heart transplant medical director | February 15, 2018
Kelly Schlendorf, MD, MHS, assistant professor of Medicine, has been named medical director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Adult Heart Transplant Program.
Research Staff Awards honor lab, administrative excellence | February 1, 2018
Lisa Rogers, senior research specialist in the Division of Infectious Diseases and manager of the lab of David Aronoff, MD, recipient of the Edward E. Price Jr., Award for Excellence in Basic Research.
Vanderbilt researchers’ papers among those most cited | December 8,2017
This year’s list, assembled by the global science analytics firm Clarivate Analytics, includes more than 3,300 researchers worldwide whose papers in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection ranked in the top 1 percent most-cited in their respective fields between 2005 and 2015.
Vanderbilt receives national designation for excellence in infection prevention | December 8, 2017
“We’re honored to be the first institution in the country to receive this designation,” said Thomas Talbot, MD, MPH, professor of Medicine and Chief Hospital Epidemiologist at VUMC. “One of the big things the surveyors cited was that it is not just the Infection Prevention team that contributed to the effectiveness of our infection prevention programs.
Niswender named Clinical Research Center director | December 4, 2017
“Clinical and translational research is a strength at Vanderbilt,” said Nancy Brown, MD, Hugh J. Morgan Professor of Medicine and chair of the department.
“Under David Robertson the Clinical Research Center has been the catalyst for discovery in humans. There is no one better suited to follow in Dr. Robertson’s footsteps than Dr. Niswender.”
15 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows | November 20, 2017
“The rapid growth of the cohort of Vanderbilt faculty with this distinction is further recognition of the university’s remarkable momentum as a national research university, momentum that is driven by our outstanding faculty,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente said.
Symposium honors Moses’ storied cancer research career | October 20, 2017
Harold (Hal) Moses, M.D., is a past chair of the Department of Cell Biology (now Cell and Developmental Biology) and founding director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), recently moved to emeritus status as a Vanderbilt faculty member and administrator. “I am proud of the success of the people who trained in my lab,” Moses said.
VIGH receives federal grants to fight kidney disease | October 12, 2017
The study will test whether Lisinopril, a widely available drug used to reduce the risk of diabetic kidney disease, can also prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease in genetically at-risk HIV-infected adults. The principal investigators are C. William Wester, M.D., MPH, professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, and and Muktar Aliyu, M.D., MPH, Dr.P.H.
Heart program named among best in nation | October 6, 2017
“Our goal is to innovatively and comprehensively address the cardiovascular disease burden of the populations we serve,” said Walter Clair, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Medicine and executive medical director and chief medical officer of VHVI.
VICC investigators land support from Komen Foundation | September 28, 2017
Deanna Edwards, Ph.D., research fellow in the Division of Rheumatology, will receive a grant to study new therapeutic options for TNBC. Tumors from TNBC patients often depend on increased metabolism of glucose and amino acids and these metabolic alterations can have a negative impact on immune cells found within the tumor. This study aims to determine the therapeutic potential of targeting EphA2 to block tumor metabolism and improve response to immunotherapies.
Major grant to enhance kidney disease research | September 28, 2017
“We’re thrilled to be able to provide core research activities for our institution and the broader nephrology community, both academic and industry as well,” said Raymond Harris, M.D., chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease and Ann and Roscoe R. Robinson Professor of Nephrology.
Grant supports Oates’ research on acetaminophen and stroke | September 21, 2017
Oates and colleagues discovered the mechanism whereby acetaminophen reduces pain and relieved fever by blocking synthesis of pro-inflammatory molecules called prostaglandins. They now are investigating whether the drug can prevent one of the most lethal consequences of rupture — cerebral vasospasm (constriction of the arteries that supply the brain).
Endowed chair holder celebration honors 11 professors | September 15, 2017
Dr. Robert F. Miller is among 11 faculty members named to endowed chairs and recognized for their exemplary achievements during a celebration Sept. 6 at the Student Life Center.
Drake and Terhune named Chancellor’s Higher Education Fellows | September 11, 2017
“I was and am attracted to the presence of people who really have a passion to make the world a better place, using thoughtful science and effective health care,” said Wonder Drake, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Professor of PMI, on what initially drew her to Vanderbilt and lured her to return in 1999.“
Dahir receives grant to support study of rare metabolic disorder | August 17, 2017
“We are excited to receive this grant, which will allow us to directly study physical impairments, abnormalities in movement and cognitive deficits in both adolescents and adults with HPP,” said Dahir. “Findings from this study will be used to develop strategies for patients, families and their doctors to better identify problems and make appropriate referrals to specialists when needed.”
Wilkins named to national committee exploring return of research results | August 17, 2017
Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., MSCI, executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been appointed to a national committee charged with determining how best to return to research participants the results of studies of their blood and other bio-specimens.
VUMC named among country’s elite health care providers by U.S. News and World Report | August 8, 2017
“Our longstanding commitment to place patients first serves as the foundation for continued success with the U.S. News rankings. I want to express my appreciation for these strong results and congratulate everyone for keeping Vanderbilt University Medical Center ranked No. 1 in Tennessee for the sixth straight year,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System Officer for VUMC.
Doris Duke Foundation lauds Van Driest’s research | July 27, 2017
Van Driest, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Vanderbilt, is one of 17 junior physician scientists chosen this year from among 196 applicants to receive the award, which provides $495,000 in research support over three years to support their transition to independent clinical research.
Shah named to lead Department of Cardiac Surgery | July 20, 2017
“Dr. Shah has demonstrated the determination and expertise to further departmental efforts in enriching the educational experience for our residents and fellows while continuing to grow this important program and lead the country in providing our patients personalized innovative care,” he said, “The collaborative environment between cardiology and cardiac surgery, established by Dr. Petracek, is solidly grounded to meet present and future challenges while developing the model for cardiac care in a large academic center.”
Barnett honored by AHA for minority student advocacy | June 29, 2017
“I am very pleased to accept this award on behalf of the efforts of the staff and volunteers who have worked to develop partnerships that both provide opportunities for underrepresented students and engage them in our mission,” said Barnett, assistant dean of Physician-Researcher Training and vice chair of the Department of Pharmacology.
Schaffner receives UpShot Award in vaccine communication | June 15, 2017
“I am most appreciative of this recognition by the National Vaccine Program Office and am pleased to accept it, as well on behalf of my colleagues at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases,” said Schaffner, who also serves as medical director for the NFID.
Christine Lovly was inducted in American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
Al Powers, Tommy Wang, and Keith Wilson were elected to membership in American Association of Physicians.
Steve Brandt and Jacek Hawiger were elected fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Kim Rathmell was elected Vice President (President Elect) of ASCI.
Lifetime Achievement Awardees
Gordon Bernard - Distinguished Investigator Award, Society for Critical Care Medicine
Ray Hakim - Belding H. Scribner Award from American Society of Nephrology
Billy Hudson - Carl Brändén Award winner from the Protein Society
Donna Seger - Career Achievement Award from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
Christine Lovly was selected as one of five early career investigators to participate in an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) sponsored Congressional Briefing entitled: “Seizing Today’s Opportunities to Accelerate Cancer Research: A Congressional Briefing to describe the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and highlight the work of the NCI’s Blue Ribbon Panel”.
Josh Fessel received ATS Early Career Research Achievement Award.
Meena Madhur received the American Heart Association (AHA) Harry Goldblatt New Investigator Award and American Physiological Society (APS) Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section New Investigator Award.
Jessica Devin received an Early Investigators Award from the Endocrine Society.
Rachelle Johnson received a Young Investigator Grant from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Chris Johnson received the Young Investigator Award from the European Muscle Society.
Ray Blind received the Journal of Biological Chemistry Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award.
Jennifer Gaddy received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology.
Councils and Study Sections
Ray Harris was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIDDK.
Bob Dittus was named to AHRQ’s National Advisory Council.
Julia Lewis was appointed to FDA Cardio-Renal Advisory Panel.
Tim Blackwell is a member of the Heart, Lung, and Blood Program Project Review Committee (HLBP), NHLBI, NIH.
Jacek Hawiger is a member of the Subcommittee for Immunology and Dermatology A of the Scientific Merit Review Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Laura Dugan is a member Neural Oxidative Metabolism, Mitochondria and cell Death (NOMD) NIH Study Section.
Sandra Simmons is a member NIH Neuro/Psychopathology, Lifespan Development and STEM Education Special Emphasis Panel (Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior, RPHB-12) Study Section.
David Aronoff is a member Pregnancy & Neonatology (PN) Study Section.
Mark de Caestecker is a member Respiratory and Integrative Biology and Translational Research (RIBT) NIH Study Section.
Leslie Crofford is a member Arthritis Musculoskeletal & Skin Study Section.
Tommy Wang was appointed to AHA National Research Committee.
Meena Madhur serves on the AHA Vascular Wall Biology Peer Review Committee.
Doug Johnson serves on the ASCO Scientific Selection Committee.
Josh Beckman was inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists
Jordan Berlin and Jill Gilbert were named Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Annet Kirabo was elected fellow of the AHA Council for Hypertension
Allison Leigh Smith was named a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine
National and International Leadership
Kim Rathmell is incoming President-Elect of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
Lorraine Ware has been elected Vice President of ASCI
Julia Lewis serves on the FDA Cardiorenal Advisory Committee
Ray Harris is past president of the American Society of Nephrology
Tommy Wang was named President-Elect of the Association of Professors of Cardiology
Javid Moslehi co-chaired an FDA Public Workshop: Assessment of Cardiovascular Toxicities in Immuno-oncology Trials
Wonder Drake has been appointed to the Executive Board of the World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disease
Alp Ikizler is a member of the ASCI Science Advisory Committee and serves on the FASEB Board of Directors
Timothy Blackwell and Michelle Southard-Smith were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Kim Rathmell and Bjorn Knollmann were inducted into the Association of American Physicians
Matt Freiberg and Josh Denny were elected to the American Society for clinical Investigation
Josh Denny was named to the National Academy of Medicine
Dan Roden will receive Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases
Dan Roden received the Alumnus Lifetime Achievement Award from Mcgill University School of Medicine
Wes Ely received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Tulane Medical Alumni Association
Donald Rubin received the 2017-2018 Special Achievement Award from the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association
Billy Hudson received the 2018 International Society of Matrix Biology Distinguished Investigator Award
John Newman was the Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Richard Light received a Special Recognition Award from the Mexican Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery
Hal Heldermen is receiving the Silver Plate Award from the Hungarian government on behalf of the Hungarian Society of Nephrology for meritorious service to their educational mission
Nathan Brummel received an Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Global Rising Star Fellowship
Maureen Gannon will be a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain
Amanda Mixon served as an expert consultant to the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication without Harm
Otis Rickman and Fabien Maldonado were named American College of Chest Physicians Distinguished CHEST Educators
Bill Stevenson received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Hearth Rhythm Society
Brian Lindman selected as an American College of Cardiology Emerging Faculty Leader
Rachelle Johnson received the Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
Jonathan Kropski received "Rising Star" award from the American Thoracic Society
Richard Peek was appointed to serve on the advisory council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Kim Rathmell was appointed to the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute. She previously served on the NCI J study section. She serves on the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Kidney Cancer Research Program Integration Panel.
Mia Levy co-chaired the National Cancer Advisory Board Data Science Working Group
Anna Hemnes was appointed to the Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research study section
Volker Haase serves on the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease Study Section
Spyros Kalams was appointed to the NIH AIDS Research Review Committee study section
Todd Hulgan served on two NIH study sections [ZDA1 HXO-H(12)] and AARR-Q(51)] and joined the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) PI Committee
Mike Gibson served on the NCI Esophageal Gastric Task Force
Doug Johnson serves on the Steering Committee for study for personalized Cancer Vaccine plus Pembrolizumab
David Aronoff serves on the Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section. He also serves on the Basil O’Conner Award study section for the March of Dimes
Consuelo Wilkins was invited to serve on the National Academies Committee on the Return of Individual-Specific Research Results Generated in Research Laboratories
Jane Ferguson was appointed Associate Editor of Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
Antonis Hatzopoulos appointed to the editorial board of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Leslie Crofford is the Deputy Editor of Arthritis Care and Research
Fabien Maldonado is Associate Editor of Respirology Case Reports and of Respirology
Meena Madhur was appointed Associate Editor of Cardiovascular Research and to the editorial board of Hypertension
David Aronoff is section editor for the Journal of Immunology
James Powers authored a new book, Value Driven Healthcare and Geriatric Medicine
Maureen Gannon chairs the Planning Committee for the American Diabetes Association Scientific meeting
Russell Rothman chairs the Executive Committee and Council of PCORnet
Russell Rothman is President of the Academy for Communication in Healthcare
Lisa Lancaster serves on the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Steering Committee and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Steering Committee
Wendi Mason is a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors
Madan Jagasia co-chairs the GVHD Committee of the Center for International Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Research
Lisa Mendes was appointed co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Competency Management Committee
Craig Sussman is a member of the Neuroendocrine Guidelines Panel for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Fabien Maldonado was named to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP) and chairs the AABIP Research Committee
Patrick Hu is a member the Research Track and Physician-Scientist Training Program committee of the American Association of Internal Medicine (AAIM)
Sarah Murawski is a Member of the House of Delegates and the Early Career PA Commission for the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Deepak Gupta appointed to the AHA Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine
Tommy Wang chairs the AHA Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine and the AHA Open Science Committee. He is a member of the AHA National Research Committee
Wonder Drake serves on the American Thoracic Membership Committee
Cecelia Chung serves on the American College of Rheumatology Committee on Journal Publications
T. Alp Ikizler chairs the ABIM Nephrology Subspecialty Committee and the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Nutrition in Kidney Disease Clinical Practice Guideline Work Group
Karen Bloch was appointed to the MKSAP 18 Infectious Diseases Committee
Esther Kim appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Society of Vascular Medicine and to the Board of Directors for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission
Rob Piana elected to the American College of Cardiology Foundation Task Force on Clinical Expert Consensus Documents. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the AMA CPT panel.
Julie Damp will co-Chair Core Education Content for the ACC.19 Annual Scientific Sessions
Josh Beckman appointed to the Target:BP program of the AHA and AMA
Javid Moslehi is a member of the National Cancer Center Network (NCCN) survivorship council
Fernando Elijovich is a member of the Award Committee of the AHA Council on Hypertension
Keith Wilson will chair the Gordon Research Conference on Polyamines in 2019
Meena Madhur chaired the 2018 Experimental Biology Featured Topic Session
Annet Kirabo appointed to the AHA Career Development Award Basic Vascular Sciences Review Committee and the AHA Vascular Wall Biology study section
David Aronoff will serve as Vice Chair of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2018 meeting and Chair of the 2019 Meeting
Cheryl Laffer served on the writing committee for the AHA scientific statement on Resistant Hypertension
Colleen Morton serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Practice for the American Society of Hematology and on the Committees on Quality and on Myeloid Biology
Jordan Berlin serves on the Program and the GI Cancer Grants Committees of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Ingrid Mayer is on Breast Cancer Symposium Planning Committee AACR
Christine Lovly co-Directs the 2018 Molecular Biology Clinical Oncology Workshop of AACR. Dr. Lovly serves on the Science Policy and Government Affairs committee.
Patrick Hu serves on the Peer Review Committee for Development, Differentiation, and Cancer (DDC) of American Cancer Society (ACS)
Doug Johnson is on study section for the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) of ACS and on the Melanoma Scientific Committee of ASCO
Sandy Zinkel is a member of the ACS Peer Review Committee on Leukemia, Immunology and Blood Cell Development
Bipin Savani serves on the ASBMT Board of Directors Executive Committee and the EBMT Acute Leukemia Working Party
Jordan Berlin serves on the Scientific Committee and as Track Leader for Colorectal Cancer for ASCO
Jill Gilbert serves on the Professional Development Committee and the Government Relationship Committee of ASCO
Mike Gibson serves on the Head and Neck Core Committee and the GI Core Committee of ASCO. He also serves on committees of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Nancy Davis is in the Program Guideline Network and on the Multisite Guideline Advisory Group of ASCO
Travis Osterman serves on the CancerLinQ Physician Advisory Committee and the Meeting and Member Pubs Editorial Board ASCO
Vicki Keedy serves on the Scientific Committee of ASCO and the Sarcoma Section on Cancer.net
Laura Goff is on The Scientific Program Committee for Developmental Therapeutics of ASCO
Jeremy Warner is the Clinical Informatics and Quality of Care Track Leader for Health Services Research of ASCO
Dana Cardin serves on the Pancreas Adenocarcinoma Panel of NCCN
Kate White serves on the Best Practices APP Workgroup of NCCN
John Stafford serves on the Board of Directors for the Kern Lipid Conference. He co-chaired the 2017 Southeast Lipid Research Conference.
John Boice was elected to the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
Sara Horst serves as co-director for the American College of Gastroenterology Southeast Regional Conference.
Amanda Mixon chaired the Scientific Abstracts and led Research Networking Session at the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine (SSGIM) meeting.
David Aronoff appointed to the Advisory Board for the TN Department of Health Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.
Jill Gilbert serves as President of the Tennessee Oncology Practice Society.
Kim Dahlman serves as President and Executive Board Member of the Southeastern Association for Shared Resources.
Shaefer Spires received the 2017 Chief of Staff Award from Williamson Medical Center
Brad Maltz is serving on the Board of Directors of the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation
Michelle Griffith testified at the TN Senate Commerce Committee hearing on importance of expanding telehealth
Walter Clair serves as President of the Board of the Greater Nashville AHA
Andre Churchwell received the Medical and Science Leadership Award at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church 25th Anniversary Community Awards Gala
Vanderbilt Faculty Awards
Meredith Pugh received the 2018 Shovel Award from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Class of 2018
Jule West received the Leonard Tow Humanism Award
Michael Fowler and Bob Miller received the John L. Tarpley Award recognizing commitment to care of underserved communities
Lorraine Ware received the Grant Liddle Award for Clinical Research
Vicki Keedy received the Robert D. Collins award for excellence in teaching
Sunil Kripalani received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service from the School of Nursing
Holly Algood is Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate. She is a fellow in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.
Dara Mize received the TODE (Technology, Organizational Development, and Evaluation) Award from the Department of Biomedical Informatics
Matt Miller and Anna Person were inducted into the Academy for Excellence in Education