UTHSC Alumna Rhea Seddon, MD, Inducted Into the Astronaut Hall of Fame

Margaret Rhea Seddon 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductee 1973 Graduate of the UT College of Medicine in Memphis

Margaret Rhea Seddon
2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductee
1973 Graduate of the UT College of Medicine in Memphis

Margaret Rhea Seddon, MD, alumna of the College of Medicine (’73) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is set to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 30. The public ceremony will be held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

One of NASA’s first female astronauts, Dr. Seddon will join the ranks of well-known space explorers including Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. [Read more...]

Tennessee Medical Association Honors Two Doctors from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with Outstanding Physician Awards

UT College of Medicine Alumnus Also Honored With Distinguished Service Award

Dr. James Eason

Dr. James Eason

James Eason, MD, FACS, professor and chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and medical director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, received an Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) at its recent annual convention in Nashville.

The TMA also honored J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFP, professor and chair of Family Medicine in the UTHSC College of Medicine, Chattanooga, with an Outstanding Physician Award. The award is given annually by the TMA House of Delegates to member physicians, who through their illustrious medical careers, make an impression among their colleagues, peers and on the profession of medicine. [Read more...]

Kris Phillips, Associate Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC, Named District III Chair of The Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips District III Chair Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips
District III Chair
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips, associate vice chancellor of development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been named chair of District III for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He will serve in the position until 2017.

Phillips was installed during CASE’s annual district conference in Orlando, Florida. Nine states comprise District III — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is the second-largest district in North America. [Read more...]

Murfreesboro Foundation Provides $100,000 Gift for Scholarship, Innovation Gallery in College of Pharmacy at UTHSC

Two UTHSC Pharmacy Alums Contribute to the Development of Future Pharmacy Graduates

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation Inc. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has made a charitable gift commitment of $100,000 to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The five-year gift will provide scholarship support and highlight the Reeves-Sain model of pharmacy to future generations of pharmacists.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation is the philanthropic division of the Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services, which opened its doors in Murfreesboro 35 years ago. Half of the five-year, $100,000 gift will support the existing Reeves-Sain Endowment, which provides scholarships to current UTHSC College of Pharmacy students. The remainder of the funds will support the maintenance of the College of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art building and establish an educational gallery highlighting the business model developed by Drs. Reeves and Sain, which enhances and improves the role of the community pharmacy in the health care of its customer base. [Read more...]

W. Mark Tucker, DDS, Named 2015 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus

W. Mark Tucker, DDS 2015 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus

W. Mark Tucker, DDS
2015 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus

Tennessee native W. Mark Tucker, DDS, has been selected as the 2015 UTHSC Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Dr. Tucker will receive the award at the Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 6, at the Hilton Memphis (939 Ridge Lake Blvd). The luncheon, which starts at 12 p.m., is also the 20th anniversary of the William F. Slagle Dental Meeting, formerly known as the MidSouth Dental Congress. [Read more...]

LIVE! Breast Cancer Summit for African-American Women Draws Crowd of More Than 530 to UTHSC

More than 530 women attended the LIVE! breast cancer summit at UTHSC.

More than 530 attended the LIVE! breast cancer summit for African-American women Feb. 7.

Carolyn Whitney and Vivian Chalmers, friends from their school days, stood in the crowded lobby of the Student-Alumni Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on Saturday morning, Feb. 7, and gave each other a big hug. [Read more...]

A Window to the Past and a Gift to the Future: UTHSC’s College of Nursing Looks for Memorabilia from Early Grads

Ditamore Memorabilia

Items such as these donated by the family of Nursing grad Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore, class of 1940, help paint a picture of nursing through the years.

The diploma Elizabeth Allene Vance received from the University of Tennessee School of Nursing in 1940 was her ticket to see the world.

Grateful to the nursing school that shaped her mom’s life, Catherine Ditamore of Little Rock, Ark., felt it appropriate after her mother’s death in 2010, to donate memorabilia from her mom’s student nursing days in Memphis to what is now the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She hopes the items will remind today’s student nurses of those who went before them, make them aware of the noble heritage the profession carries, and inspire them with the possibilities that nursing can offer.

The College of Nursing wants more graduates and their relatives to do the same. A collection of items, including uniforms, diplomas, photographs, nursing pins, instruments and more that tell the history of nursing and of nursing at UT since its birth in 1898, will be displayed in the new College of Nursing Building on the site of the Crowe Research Building, when it is completed in about three years.

Among the items Catherine Ditamore, 64, a retired information technologist, donated is a receipt for $10 that secured her mother’s first-quarter admission in March 1937. Also donated are: her acceptance letter dated Oct. 30, 1936; photos of nursing students wearing gowns and corsages at a dance at The Peabody Skyway; photos of the old John Gaston Hospital; a class composite with 29 women from six Southern states; and the diploma declaring Vance a member of the graduating class of September 1940.

Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore

Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore

After graduation, Vance became an Army nurse, entering as a second lieutenant and eventually becoming a captain. During training in Louisiana, she met First Lieutenant Earl Ditamore. He was shipped off to Europe, she to the Philippines. They corresponded and married back in the states in 1946. They lived in Germany, where he was stationed, and were preparing to move the family to Japan in 1950 for his stint in Korea, when he died. Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore never remarried.

She moved to Virginia to raise their daughter and son, eventually settling in Fairfax. She got a bachelor’s degree, took a nursing refresher course, and was a post-surgical nurse until she retired at 65. She died at 94, and because of her rank in the Army, she is buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband.

Her daughter says she has “a soft spot” in her heart for the University of Tennessee and its nursing program, and that’s why she offered the memorabilia her mom obviously treasured. “I look back on her life, and in terms of setting her on a path for the rest of her life, that’s what happened in Memphis.”

Dianne Greenhill, BSN, MS, EdS, EdD, is president of the UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors, a 1962 graduate, professor emeritus of the college, and author of the book about its history, “From Diploma to Doctorate: 100 Years of Nursing.” She is helping to organize the collection effort, which she feels has a larger purpose than just showcasing interesting objects related to the profession.

“I think it’s important to know our legacy and where we came from and how nursing has changed over the years,” she said. “You don’t realize that, if you don’t see what it was like in the early period.”

The items will be preserved in a glass display similar to the Apothecaries Collection in the Pharmacy Building.

The College of Nursing is especially interested in photos taken prior to the 1950s, diplomas from the 1920s and earlier, nursing pins from prior to the 1920s, nursing caps and uniforms from before the 1940s, nursing notes from early classes, nursing instruments and more. Those who would like to donate items for display should contact Dianne Greenhill at dgreenhill@uthsc.edu or (901) 820-0211.

 

Herb Kosten Foundation Donates for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The UTHSC Pancreatic Cancer Research team: back row, from left Swati Balkrishna, Neeraj Chauhan, Murali M. Yallapu, Rishi K. Gara, Saif Zaman, M. D. Sikander, Sheema Khan, Aditya Ganju, Vaibhav Gandhi, Sonam Kumari and Saini Setua. In center, Meena Jaggi and Subhash Chauhan

The UTHSC Pancreatic Cancer Research team: back row, from left Swati Balkrishna, Neeraj Chauhan, Murali M. Yallapu, Rishi K. Gara, Saif Zaman, M. D. Sikander, Sheema Khan, Aditya Ganju, Vaibhav Gandhi, Sonam Kumari and Saini Setua. In center, Meena Jaggi and Subhash Chauhan.

As a part of its ongoing effort to support pancreatic cancer research, the Herb Kosten Foundation has donated $30,000 to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). [Read more...]