University Distinguished Professor Michael Carter Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Dr. Michael Carter receives the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Sheila Melander, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, the organization’s president and a former UTHSC professor.

Dr. Michael Carter receives the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Sheila Melander, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM, FAANP, the organization’s president and a former UTHSC professor.

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has selected Michael Carter, DNSc, DNP, FAAN, DCC, as the recipient of its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Carter, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received the award during the organization’s 41st Annual Meeting recently in Baltimore, Maryland. [Read more...]

Mojdeh Dehghan, DDS, of the UTHSC College of Dentistry Honored by American Association of Women Dentists

Receives Grant to Test Newly Developed Mouthwash to Prevent Dental Erosion in Women with Eating Disorders

Mojdeh Dehghan

Mojdeh Dehghan

Mojdeh Dehghan, DDS, assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was honored by the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) with the 2014 Proctor and Gamble/Gillette Hayden Memorial Foundation Research Award. This award is accompanied by a grant designed to support innovative scientific discoveries that will advance new concepts in women’s oral health research and encourage the study of gender differences in oral health care delivery and its practice.

Dr. Dehghan and her colleagues have developed a mouthwash that will prevent dental erosion in patients with eating disorders. The aim of the study is to determine its effectiveness. [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...]

UT Brand Added to Largest Hospital in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled.

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled at Methodist UT Hospital.

The bright orange UT logo unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 25, on exterior signage at the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system is a striking symbol of a successful partnership that started more than a decade ago and continues to grow.

That partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system supports a multidisciplinary  collaboration among physicians and clinical teams, and brings the most advanced medical care to patients in the Mid-South.

Members of the UT board of trustees, in Memphis for their winter meeting, joined administrators and dignitaries from Methodist and UTHSC for a luncheon and unveiling of the impressive signage at the main entrance of Methodist University Hospital, which is now Methodist UT Hospital.

“Placing the UT initials on the downtown Methodist hospital building and reframing the name as Methodist UT Hospital reflects the convergence of the UTHSC and Methodist missions and visions,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. It is the first time in more than a decade that the UT initials appear on a Memphis hospital.

More than 300 physicians are currently in training in Methodist facilities, and more than 1,865 medical and surgical specialists have been trained in these locations since the partnership began. Methodist UT and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the major facilities in the hospital system, are core teaching hospitals of UTHSC, along with five other core teaching partners across the state – Regional One Health and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and the Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville.

Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at Methodist UT Hospital while teaching the next generation of health care professionals in the clinical and hospital setting. The hospital is also home to UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created in 2013 as an outgrowth of the partnership between the university and the hospital.

Chancellor Schwab welcomed the guests and praised the collaborative effort, which bolsters recruitment of top-quality physicians, fosters clinical research, and provides venues to train UTHSC students. All of these will boost national rankings for both entities and further their commitments to provide world-class care for all.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist UT Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, addressed the group before the unveiling, offering statistics that reflect the success of the partnership and its benefits to both entities. In 2014, there were 165 UT-affiliated attending MDs at Methodist UT Hospital, accounting for 7,387 inpatient admissions and 2,360 inpatient surgeries. The intent is to continue to grow those numbers.

Plans are also under way to establish or expand residencies and fellowships in oncology and emergency medicine. Areas of expertise, including transplant medicine, stroke and neurological care, oncology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, have flourished as the partnership has grown.

New signage that includes the UT brand is planned throughout the hospital at a cost of about $600,000.

Assistant Professor Monica Brown of UTHSC Receives $150,000 Grant Award from National Scleroderma Foundation

A $150,000 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation will allow Dr. Monica Brown and her research team to explore treatment options for the disease. They are using a natural form of vitamin D in their trials.

A $150,000 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation will allow Dr. Monica Brown and her research team to explore treatment options for the disease. They are using a natural form of vitamin D in their trials.

Monica Brown, DO, and her team are researching the effects of a natural form of Vitamin D on scleroderma. Scleroderma is a disease characterized by hardening of the skin and organs due to collagen overproduction and a lack of enzymes to break collagen down. [Read more...]

UT Initials Added to Name of Methodist University Hospital

Beginning this week, the University of Tennessee initials will appear on a Memphis hospital for the first time since 2004, when the UT Bowld Hospital closed its doors. [Read more...]

UTHSC Asstnt. Prof. Hongsik Cho Awarded $130,808 Grant for Nanosome Osteoarthritis Research

A $130,808 grant award from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation will allow Dr. Hongsik Cho and his research team to develop a drug delivery system using very small packets, called nanosomes, that enclose a drug and a fluorescent dye to repair damaged cartilage.

A $130,808 grant award from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation will allow Dr. Hongsik Cho and his research team to develop a drug delivery system using very small packets, called nanosomes, that enclose a drug and a fluorescent dye to repair damaged cartilage.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasingly large burden on the American health care system. This debilitating condition affects 60 percent of Americans over the age of 60 — the fastest-growing demographic in the nation. [Read more...]

Professor Christopher Waters Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Lung Injury Research

Dr. Christopher Waters and his research team (from left, Kristina Wilhelm, PhD, Bin Teng, PhD, and Charlean Luellen) have received a $1.5 million grant from the NIH that will allow them to understand the repair process associated with various lung injuries.

Dr. Christopher Waters and his research team (from left, Kristina Wilhelm, PhD, Bin Teng, PhD, and Charlean Luellen) have received a $1.5 million grant from the NIH that will allow them to understand the repair process associated with various lung injuries.

Christopher Waters, PhD, professor and vice chair in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $1.5 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. [Read more...]