The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), began in 2001 to examine whether weight loss and increased physical activity would prevent cardiovascular events in those with type 2 diabetes. [Read more...]
Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH, Interim Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, Awarded $1.6 Million to Continue Observational Phase of Look AHEAD Study
Dr. Oscar Herrera received the Nutrition Support Pharmacist New Practitioner Recognition Award on January 19th at the Pharmacy Practice Section meeting of Clinical Nutrition Week in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Herrera is Fellow of Pediatric Nutrition and Metabolic Support in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy working with professor and chair, Dr. Rich Helms. This recognition honors a new practitioner pharmacist or student member of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for recent achievements within the field. It also serves to encourage new practitioners to participate in nutrition support research, to provide an opportunity to share research with experts in the field, to network with other pharmacist members of ASPEN, and to encourage future involvement in ASPEN and the Pharmacy Practice Section. Dr. Herrera presented his research, “Plasma citrulline concentrations in neonates/infants with or without gastrointestinal disease or bowel loss,” that led to his receiving this award. Dr. Herrera is pictured right, receiving the award from Dr. Lori Schirmer, Communications Liaison for the ASPEN Pharmacy Practice Section.
David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Matthew T. Ballo, MD, chair of the newly formed Department of Radiation Oncology. [Read more...]
Johnna Tanner, PA Program Department Chair, reports that as the only Physician Assistant program in the state that is associated with a public university, the mission of the program at UTHSC is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality care. With that eye to diversity, this inaugural class has set the bar high. The class is evenly balanced with 13 males and 13 females which surpasses the national average of 75% percent female students. The class is also considerably above national averages with regards to ethnicity/race.
With a diverse and experienced faculty, the UTHSC PA program is poised to answer the challenging health care needs that the region is facing. By providing these students with a state of the art learning environment and unique clinical opportunities coupled with a tuition that is significantly lower than any other program in the state, UTHSC’s physician assistant students will be more than ready to provide outstanding care to Tennessee’s residents.
Feb. 1st marks the 55th anniversary of James W. Pate, M.D. as an active faculty member of the College of Medicine. Dr. Pate has participated in many of the dramatic changes in UTCHS and in local and national teaching, training, research, and health care delivery.
He still participates in student and resident conferences and lectures on a regular basis, several times a week. ( He never learned to play golf so this is his favorite past-time.)
Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Neurology and Semmes-Murphey Professor at UTHSC
David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has appointed Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD, as chair of the Department of Neurology and Semmes-Murphey Professor. [Read more...]
It is well known that patients with Alzheimer’s and other disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, develop amyloid, a substance composed of sticky protein fibers and sugar molecules that builds up in the brain or other organs in the body. Doctors do not know whether this material causes the diseases, or whether the diseases lead to amyloid formation. However, in less common diseases, such as light chain amyloidosis, a rare but devastating illness caused by the aggregation of antibody-related light chain proteins in organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and spleen, there is no doubt that amyloid presence in the organs is the cause of the disease. [Read more...]
A new guideline for the management of high blood pressure, developed by an expert panel and including nine recommendations and a treatment algorithm (flow chart) to help doctors treat patients with hypertension, was published online on December 18, 2013 by JAMA. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Barnwell Award Laureate, William C. Cushman, M.D., chief of Preventive Medicine, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and VA lead consultant on hypertension; professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physiology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC), is a member of this panel and coauthor of the report. [Read more...]